Special Education for Adults

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Master's degree programme, full-time study mode, single-subject, Czech, 2 years 
Master's degree programme, combined form, single-subject, Czech, 2 years 
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The aim of the study programme Special Adult Education is to prepare graduates for work in assessment, intervention, education and counselling not only in the field of education, but also within the scope of work and social affairs and the ministry of interior affairs. Special Adult Education focusses on adults with special needs, especially those with disabilities and social disadvantages. As well as adult education, the programme focusses on other aspects of life including work opportunities, independent living and free time activities. The programme reacts to demographic changes, mainly the ageing population, which results in higher numbers of people with dementia on the one hand and those living actively up to old age on the other.


After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:

  • apply professional knowledge and skills from the field of special education and special adult education
  • use appropriate communication strategies with adults according to their abilities and needs
  • choose and apply suitable approaches to people with disabilities and disadvantages
  • have an orientation in current approaches to counselling and the support of people with special needs
  • analyse the life situations of people with special needs and choose appropriate intervention strategies
  • provide special needs and counselling activities
  • design and implement applied research with a focus on adults with disabilities and disadvantages

Graduates will find employment in the area of school education, work and social affairs, justice, non-governmental organizations and government. They will provide special education and adult education assessment, intervention, counselling and planning with people with disabilities, difficulties in adaptation, behaviour and emotional disorders in adulthood and old age. The graduates will have the skills to provide educational work according to the act on educational professionals nr. 379/2015 Sb., as amended 563/2004 Sb., and 108/2006 Sb., on social services as amended.


The students choose one out of two specializations, either Special adult education of people with disabilities or Special adult education of people with socially pathological behaviour. The subjects are stratified into modules of common core subjects (pedagogy and psychology) including a foreign language, research methods, statistics, internationalization of the field, theories of special adult education - education of adults and the elderly, social work and social policy, sociology of disability, medical subjects - psychopathology, ophthalmology, neurology, special needs subjects - one of the two specializations mentioned above, applied subjects - counselling and intervention, crisis intervention, behavioural approaches to learning, support of people with sensory disabilities, penology, prevention of substance abuse, professional practice and reflective seminars.

The programme has been created in order to comprise social scientific and university foundation: 20%. Special educational foundation: 30%. Medical propaedeutics: 5%. Specialized practical training: 30%. Practical skills depending on the study field: 15%.

The standard length of the degree programme is 2 years (4 semesters). To be admitted to the state final examinations, the students have to gain a total of 120 credits for required, selective and elective courses (see the standards of the Special Education study field). Students follow their studies in accordance with the study catalogue of their matriculation year. Access to the study catalogues of the respective matriculation years can be found on the websites of the faculty.


Teaching practice 1- 3 weeks

Teaching practice 2- 3 weeks

Teaching practice 3- 4 weeks

All teaching practice is accompanied by reflective seminars.

All practice is administered according to the Manual for educational practice (Bartoňová, M., Pipeková, J. Brno: MU, 2011). See http://www.ped.muni.cz/wsedu.


The study programme graduation requirements are as follows: State final examinations: Pedagogy and psychology (the common foundation is guaranteed by the Department of Education and the Department of Psychology).

The thesis defence (if it is assigned at the department or even if it is assigned at a different department, e.g. psychology, the topic will always be special education). See the Special Standards of Special Education for the Final Thesis (http://www.ped.muni.cz/wsedu).

Compulsory part: Special Adult Education and one of two specializations: A) Adults with Disabilities and B) Adults with Social Pathological Behaviour.


4 year Ph.D. study programme in Special Education.


Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Special Education for Adults
Abbreviation: SPAN
Code: 7506T040
Type: master's degree programme (following the bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N7506 N-SPD Special Education
Faculty of Education
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Education
Field guarantor:
prof. PhDr. Karel Pančocha, Ph.D., M.Sc.

For further information about the programme see the website of the Department of Special Education http:// http://www.ped.muni.cz/wsedu and the Institute for Research in Inclusive Education http:// http://www.ped.muni.cz/iviv.