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Education - Speicalist Option - Special Educational Needs

The MEd SEN Literacy degree specialist options offer two outcome degrees:

Specialist Option 1: MEd Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties (with AMBDA)

The MEd in Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties is for students who wish to develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to teach children with dyslexia. Dyslexic-type literacy difficulties are recognised as being the largest single cause of literacy difficulties. This specialist option is only available to students who also take the ‘value added’ assessment for Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and either Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) from the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). All of the modules listed on these specialist options are accredited by the BDA.

This Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties M-level course provides students with the opportunity to take modules EDC 9093, EDC9094 and EDC 9095. Students who are successful in passing module EDC 9095 with ATS or APS can then proceed to module EDC 7024. This Research Methods with Psychometrics module, together with the ‘value added’ psychometrics assessment, is essential for students wishing to obtain AMBDA. Students can exit the programme having completed these 4 modules with a Postgraduate Diploma. Upon successful completion of module EDC 7024 and the AMBDA psychometrics assessment, students can proceed to the case study dissertation. Students taking this specific literacy difficulty M-level dissertation must also undertake the ‘value added’ assessment for the award of AMBDA.

Specialist Option 2: MEd Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development

The ‘Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development’ M-level course provides students with the opportunity to take modules EDC 9093 and EDC 9094 and either module EDC 9095 or module EDC 9096 EDC 7024 (Research Methods) and a dissertation. This pathway is particularly suited to teachers working in special schools and those who support children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or moderate learning difficulties placed in mainstream schools. Alternatively, students can take modules EDC 9093, 9094, 9095 and 9096 and exit the M-level programme with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline, and preferably a professional teaching qualification. However, applicants who do not meet the requirements above will be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

Further enquiries

Direct course enquiries to:
Mrs Louise O’Sullivan
Tel: ++44 (0) 28 9038 4327
E: senliteracy@stran.ac.uk

Subjects taught

MEd Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties

Postgraduate Certificate
EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development (30 Pts)

EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties & Models of Intervention (30 Pts)

Postgraduate Certificate (with ATS )
EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development (30 Pts)

EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties & Models of Intervention (30 Pts)

EDC 9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties (30 pts) Value Added: ATS (subject to meeting BDA Criteria)

Postgraduate Diploma (with ATS )
EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development (30 Pts)

EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties & Models of Intervention (30 Pts)

EDC 9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties (30 pts) Value Added: ATS (subject to meeting BDA Criteria)

EDC 7024 Research Methods including AMDA psychometrics assessment (30 pts)

Master Of Education (with AMBDA )
EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development (30 Pts)

EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties & Models of Intervention (30 Pts)

EDC 9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties (30 pts) Value Added: ATS (subject to meeting BDA Criteria)

EDC 7024 Research Methods including AMDA psychometrics assessment (30 pts)

Dissertation (60 pts) Value Added: AMBDA (subject to meeting BDA
criteria)

MEd Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development

Postgraduate Diploma
EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development (30 Pts)

EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties & Models of Intervention (30 Pts)

EDC 9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties (30 pts)

EDC 9096 Language and Literacy Development in Children with ASD (30 pts)

Master Of Education (Route 1)
EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development (30 Pts)

EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties & Models of Intervention (30 Pts)

EDC 9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties (30 pts)

EDC 7024 Research Methods including psychometric assessment (30 pts)

Dissertation (60 pts)

Master Of Education (Route 2)
EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development (30 Pts)

EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties & Models of Intervention (30 Pts)

EDC 9096 Language and Literacy Development in Children with ASD (30 pts)

EDC 7024 Research Methods including psychometric assessment (30 pts)

Dissertation (60 pts)

Modules
EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development
(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr S. McMurray
Start Date: Twice yearly (September and January)

This module will critically consider factors affecting the development of reading, spelling and writing from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Critical consideration will be given to how reading, spelling and writing are taught at both national and regional levels and the research evidence which has led to changes in pedagogy will be evaluated. Issues in the assessment of literacy difficulties using standardised assessment and informal methods will also be examined and debated as will issues in the categorisation of special educational needs.

EDC 9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties
(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr S. McMurray
Start Date: September 2016

This is the third and final module which must be completed (together with a separate assessment of teaching) for the award of Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) from the British Dyslexia Association. Students wanting to take this module must have passed modules EDC 9093 and EDC 9094. This module is only available to students who are also undertaking the ‘value added’ assessment for ATS or APS. There is an additional fee for this ATS/APS assessment.

This module aims to provide teachers with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of research and theory in the area of dyslexia and literacy difficulties and the implications for professional practice. Students are required to teach a child with dyslexic-type difficulties for a minimum of 20 hours over twenty weeks. Students must ensure that they will be able to undertake this one-to-one teaching.

EDC 7024 Research Methods with Psychometrics
(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr S. McMurray
Start Date: January 2016

Any students wishing to be assessed for AMBDA must have obtained ATS/APS and must undertake this research methods course and the additional ‘value added’ psychometric assessment for AMBDA. There is an additional fee for this assessment. There are 10 online presentations. The psychometrics element of the module covers:

Theories of intelligence and the psychometric assessment of general intelligence

Perspectives on assessment and testing

Basic principles of psychometric and educational assessment

Understanding psychometrics: normal curve of distribution, standard deviation, standard scores, centiles, standard error of measurement, confidence bands

Utilising tests: test selection and general principals in test administration

Test administration, scoring, interpretation of results and feedback for a range of group and one-to one tests

Report writing for a range of purposes

EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy
Difficulties and Models of Intervention
(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr S. McMurray
Start Date: January 2016

This is the second of three modules which must be completed for the award of Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) from the British Dyslexia Association. Students wanting to take this module must have already passed EDC 9093 or be undertaking it alongside this module. This module seeks to engage students in a comprehensive review of current thinking in the field of dyslexia and literacy difficulties drawing on evidence from relevant research, literature and professional practice.

Students will critically consider the nature of dyslexia and literacy difficulties and further develop their understanding of within-child factors and environmental barriers to learning. A range of specialist pedagogical approaches will be critically considered and participants will develop their understanding of evidence-based interventions at the individual level.

EDC 9096 Language and Literacy
Development in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr S. McMurray
Start Date: January 2016

This module will examine the atypical language and communication skill development of children with ASD and how this affects their literacy acquisition. Critical consideration will be given to reading and reading comprehension and writing and creative writing to gain an understanding of the presentation of literacy difficulties in children with ASD. Issues in sensory motor differences for children with ASD and how this impacts literacy acquisition and presentation of written work, will be critiqued. The co-occurring conditions of ASD and dyslexia will also be considered. There will be ongoing review of current strategies to enable ASD learners to access the literacy curriculum which will inform and develop participants’ skills in this area.

Please note this module can also be taken as a stand alone module.

EDC 7030 Case Study Dissertation with Associate membership of the British Dyslexia Association
(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)
Case Study Dissertation Co-ordinator:
Dr S. McMurray
Dissertation Completion Date: September 2016

Students who have successfully completed EDC 9093, 9094, 9095 and 7024 (or equivalent modules) and who have obtained ATS or APS and the value added psychometrics assessment, can undertake the case study dissertation and the value added assessment for AMBDA. Students undertaking this case study dissertation are required assess and work with a child with extensive specific literacy difficulties and design and implement a programme of intervention to be carried out over 20 weeks (within the same school year). There must be a minimum of 20 hours of teaching over this period. Candidates being assessed for AMBDA will be mentored by a tutor with 'ACTIVE AMBDA' and 'ACTIVE APC'.

Entitlement to the Award of Master of Education (MEd)
The award of Master of Education will be made to candidates who have successfully completed 180 points at M-level, through completion of four taught modules and a research dissertation. The degree of Master of Education may be awarded with distinction on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners. Students who have accumulated 60 points on the MEd or who have successfully completed TWO taught modules may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate. Students who have accumulated 120 points on the MEd or who have successfully completed FOUR taught modules may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Comment

Accreditation
All students who have recently successfully completed a PGCE at Master’s level will be eligible to apply for 30 M-Level credit points towards a Master’s qualification. Candidates may seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities.

Conversion option
Recent participants of the SEN CPD Literacy Project (2012-2015) who have an attendance certificate for the online course ‘Understanding Difficulties in Literacy Development’ and/or the specialist seminars ‘Difficulties in Literacy Development: Dyslexia, a theoretical perspective’ can apply to convert these to EDC 9093 and EDC 9094 respectively by fulfilling the assessment requirement for the modules. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements will normally be made upon enrolment.

Application date

For further information on how to apply please contact:
Academic Registry
Stranmillis University College, Belfast, BT9 5DY
Tel: ++44 (0) 28 9038 4263
E: registry@stran.ac.uk

Course fee

The course fee for 2015-2016 is £843 per taught module and £1686 for dissertation.

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