Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Special Education – Field of study catalogue MU
Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Special Education
the study programme Specialization in Pedagogy is a combination of two study fields: Teaching assistance XY and Teacher Training in Special Education both for primary and lower secondary schools. The Bachelor's part of preparation is without field didactics i.e it does not qualify the student for teaching. The Bachelor's education will give the future teacher solid field principles in one or two teaching qualification subjects.
The studies are focussed on establishment of professional, pedagogical, psychological, communication and other personal competences as a step towards the Master's programme in Special Education Teaching for Primary and Secondary Schools. The goal is to prepare teaching assistants for special education in classrooms established for students with SEN in special primary and lower secondary schools and other school facilities. The field can be studied in daily and combined forms. It is divided into 5 specializations combined of two fields – speech therapy and the education of pupils with hearing impairments, mental impairments connected with the education of pupils with physical disabilities, visual impairment, behavioural problems, and also speech therapy. These specializations are bases for the follow-up Master's degree.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- Gain general knowledge and skills in special pedagogy
- Gain scientific special knowledge and skills in special pedagogy
- Master remedial education and communicative knowledge and skills
- Apply approaches to the education of students with SVP at the level of teaching assistant
- Methodologically suggest and process case studies of students with SVP
The graduate will obtain the competences for the education of students with special needs in the position of teaching assistant according to the law 379/2015 SB (amended) 563/2004 SB., on pedagogical staff. The characteristics of assistant staff: teaching assistants in main stream education schools and in school facilities for students with special education needs and in public administration, company management etc. The abovementioned competences also fully qualify them for work as instructors in free-time centres and special facilities dealing with special pedagogy.
Graduates of the Special Education Teaching Assistant for Primary and Lower Secondary Schools programme are qualified in: general knowledge, scientific and specialized knowledge (special pedagogy principles, specialization in special pedagogy). Knowledge at the end of their studies – general, scientific and specialized:
- general principles: pedagogy and psychology in common core subjects, a foreign language (English, German), methodology, internationalization of special education
- special education foundation: special pedagogy, introduction to health science, inclusive special education, special pedagogy assessment, pathopsychology, medical propedeutics (pediatry, neurology, ORL phoniatry, psychiatry, ophthalmology) sociology for special pedagogy, inclusive education,
- specialization: education of pupils with mental impairment, speech therapy intervention, education of pupils with hearing impairments, physical disability, visual impairment, behavioural problems.
The standard length of studies is 3 years (6 semesters). Students have to obtain 180 credits (in required, selective, elective courses) to be able to take the final examination. The students follow the study catalogue of their matriculatory year. Access to the catalogues can be found on the faculty web pages.
Assistant teaching practice I – Teaching assistant
Self-experiential preparation for the profession I
Teaching experience II – Teaching assistant
Self-experiential preparation for the profession II
Teaching experience (combined mode)
The double-subject programme contains teaching practice under the umbrella of the pedagogical–psychology foundation for Bc. studies. See the manual for teaching experience (by Bartoňová, M., Pipeková, J. Brno: MU, 2011). For more information see http//www.ped.muni.cz.
Contents of the final state examination:
Defence of the Bachelor's thesis (the topic will be special-pedagogy). See field standards of special pedagogy for final theses (http://www.ped.muni.cz/wsedu).
Mandatory part – Inclusive special pedagogy (written test, 50 questions)
Optional part – the student chooses one subject from group A and one subject from group B. The student will get 2 questions in the examination.
The Bachelor's study in Teaching Assistance may be continued with the follow-up Master's study in Pedagogy for Primary and Lower Secondary schools.