The Postgraduate Program in Special Education aims to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to educate and support students with special educational needs in general and special schools. It aims at providing knowledge, awareness raising, and educating graduates of Pedagogical and other University Departments in Special Needs Education. This program will provide scientific information on identifying, assessing and addressing children with special needs within the general school (general class, special unit, or individualized special education) but also in other special education settings. This Program will also provide an opportunity to conduct research projects in an area where no research has been carried out so far, at least in the Cypriot area.
Each student has different characteristics in relation to his / her psychosomatic development, cognitive and linguistic ability, socialization and emotional development, in most cases the differences between children are not so great that they would need a different approach, but in other cases children present such differences with the other children of the same age group who need special educational help to enable the child to get the most out of education. The program aims to prepare the teacher to educate, educate, support, and generally integrate the child into school consistently and to better integrate into society. The program's lessons include theoretical courses dealing with general, special and contemporary issues of special education and training, as well as more practical lessons related to didactic methodology and strategies used in special education and anti-racist education. Among other things, the course of development in all areas of development and potential divergences, as well as the symptomatology of a variety of special needs and the way of assessment in special education, are presented.
The overall aim is for the students to acquire a broad and stable scientific and pedagogical background in relation to the integration of specific groups of students into the educational processes and the promotion of their psychosocial development.
Expected Learning Outcomes or Goals of the Program
With the successful completion of the program, the students are expected to know and see critically all the issues concerning Special Education and Education. More specifically, it is expected:
- to know issues related to: the conceptual identification of single and inclusive education, different models of approach to disability, the historical and institutional evolution of special education and the demand for inclusive education, as well as educational issues such as structures and functions the special and inclusive school and a diversified approach to teaching.
- to understand and integrate key concepts of the IP and alternative models in the management of difficult cases / pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
- to understand theoretically the models but also to critically analyze the various methods and psycho-pedagogical techniques used in the classroom to promote the integration of pupils with particular difficulties.
- to have a different understanding of the school context, and to be able to work with other experts and parents in an always inclusive supportive perspective of pupils with SEN.
- understand the basic principles governing the person's development in key areas during infancy, early childhood, schooling and adolescence and become familiar with the typical development course in these areas. They also understand the interaction between genetic and environmental factors during development.
- to be aware of the possible deviations from the typical course of development, with particular aims to familiarize them with basic issues of psychopathology of the child and adolescent, to raise awareness of the specific approaches required in the case of children and adolescents with developmental problems and their contact with the basic therapies to address these problems.
- understand and carry out assessment methods with sensitivity and success to identify special needs and develop pupils' skills in an inclusive environment for all children.
- to know varied forms of special needs, causative factors, diagnostic criteria and characteristics of the most common disorders / difficulties / disabilities.
- to understand basic methods of planning, conducting and critical analysis of research and in particular of educational research on Special and Uniform Education.
- to be able to design and develop either qualitative or quantitative research
Duration of study
The duration of the program for both conventional and distance study programs is the same as follows:
- Full-time: three academic semesters (18 months)
- Part-time: six academic semesters (36 months)
In case the students fail to attend a course or for any other reason, they can not complete their studies at the expected time, the duration of the studies may be extended. Extension time will be in accordance with Frederick University's Internal Regulations on graduation of students, which stipulates that the maximum duration of studies is 6 semesters and for part-time 12 semesters.
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