This programme approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for training teachers of deaf children seeking the Mandatory (MQ) qualification is offered as a distance learning course. Successful completion of this programme leads to General Teaching Council recognition as a qualified teacher of the deaf. An alternative programme is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people with hearing impairment who are not seeking the MQ.
The programme has now been approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for Mandatory Qualifications for September 2016 and we welcome applications for September start. However, please note that the information provided on the website relates to the current MQ programme and some modifications to programme information may be required to fit with new NCTL standards.
The course is designed for practising teachers, and some of the course materials are written in a way that assumes regular contact with deaf pupils. Applicants who do not have regular contact with deaf pupils will need to establish links with a local school for the deaf, resource base or service for deaf pupils during the programme to enable them to carry out some of the required activities.
Students wishing to gain the mandatory qualification who do not have regular contact with deaf pupils will normally be required to complete a period of ten days observation in an educational setting for deaf pupils in addition to the normal periods of assessed teaching. Each case will be considered on an individual basis
Under the University modular system, the Postgraduate Diploma Programme of Study comprises five modules; four 20 credit taught modules and one 40 credit practical module. A further module is required for the mantatory qualification.
Language and Communication in Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Pupils
The Development of Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Children
The Educational Management of Deaf and Hearing Impaired Pupils
Teaching and Learning in Deaf Education
Assessed Teaching Placement Those teachers who wish to obtain the mandatory qualification of teacher of the deaf need to undertake this further module.
Students who complete all parts of the programme including the optional module will gain a total of 140 credits rather than the 120 credits required for a PG Diploma.
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