Special Education for Teachers – Field of study catalogue MU
Special Education for Teachers
The aim of the Special Education for Teachers study field is to prepare teachers for teaching pupils with special educational needs at lower primary schools, at schools for pupils with special educational needs, at special primary schools and at 1-year or 2-year practical schools (in accordance with Act No. 379/2015 Coll., amendment of Act No.563/2004 Coll. on Pedagogical Staff).
The study is particularly recommended to present primary school teachers whose education does not meet the requirements of the relevant paragraphs of the quoted Act No. 563/2004 Coll. on Pedagogical Staff as subsequently amended.
Pedagogical and psychological courses are an equal part of the studies, providing theoretical foundations for special didactics. The Special Education for Teachers study field runs in both full-time and distant modes. It is subdivided into six specialisations, considering the handicap type of pupils with special educational needs and one optional specialization related to specific learning disabilities. The compulsory optional specializations comprise intellectual, physical and multiple disability, speech disorders in connection with intellectual disability, visual and hearing impairments, behavioural disorders in connection with intellectual disability and addictology. There is direct continuation from the Bachelor's degree programme in Special Education. It is prepared in accordance with the Accreditation Commission Standards for the Special Education degree programme as currently amended and in accordance with the current legislation.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- Make use of the broad special knowledge and skills of special education
- Make use of basic communicative knowledge and skills
- Make use of the knowledge and skills from the study field, communicative and educational knowledge and skills
- Apply the approaches to the education of pupils with special educational needs in teaching (individual approach as well as working with groups)
- Work with children and pupils with special educational needs at the level of a special educational needs teacher (special educational diagnostics, individual educational plan, intervention, work both with an individual and a group)
- Methodologically design and adapt research in the education of a pupil with special educational needs, use arguments in favour of the chosen procedure
The competences are gained to educate pupils with special educational needs at lower primary schools, schools for pupils with special educational needs, at special primary schools and 1-year or 2-year practical schools in accordance with Act No.379/2015 Coll., which is an amendment of Act No.563/2004 Coll. on Pedagogical Staff, knowledge and skills from Special Education, communicative and educational knowledge and skills, adaptability and requalification for the professions in the Special Education study field, in educational activities, public service as well as in management. The employment of the graduate is further directed towards the profession of a preschool teacher who performs direct pedagogical activity in a class or school for children with special educational needs, lower primary school teacher for pupils with special educational needs, teacher of a preparatory class at a primary school, teacher of lower secondary school for pupils with special educational needs, teacher of a preparatory stage of a special primary school, teacher at a secondary school who gains professional qualifications for teaching at 1-year or 2-year practical schools.
The specification of the final knowledge and skills – general, professional and special: General foundation: pedagogy, psychology, foreign language as a part of the common core subjects, methodology, internationalization of Special Education, Special education foundation: pathopsychology, didactics of lower primary school subjects for pupils with special educational needs in categories (I., II., III.), inclusive education of individuals with behavioural disorders and prevention and intervention for addictive behaviour. Intervention for pupils with ADHD, prevention and intervention of aggressive behaviour/bullying, speech disorders in children, functional vision, ophthalmology, inclusive didactics, Special Education, specialization of special education: education of pupils with intellectual disability, physical disability, visual and hearing impaired pupils and those with speech disorders and behavioural disorders and with specific learning disabilities.
The standard length of the programme is 2 years (4 semesters). To be admitted to the final state examinations, students have to gain a total of 120 credits in required, selective and elective courses. Students follow their studies in accordance with the study catalogue of their matriculation year. The study catalogues for the respective matriculation years can be found on the websites of the faculty.
Continuous teaching practice 1 – 1 week
Continuous teaching practice 2 – 3 weeks
Continuous teaching practice 3 – 4 weeks
Teaching practice – Specific learning difficulties (V)
Special educational diagnostic teaching practice (20 lessons, distant mode)
Continuous teaching practice (40 lessons, distant mode)
Teaching practice – Specific learning difficulties (V)
The teaching practice runs in accordance with the Teaching Practice Manual (Bartoňová, M., Pipeková, J. Brno: MU, 2011). For further information see http://www.ped.muni.cz/wsedu.
The content of the final state examinations. Pedagogy and psychology (the common core subjects 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 Works (http://www.ped.muni.cz/wsedu).
The student chooses two questions from the state final examinations course from the required part, from one course from the selective part and from the elective part if they picked it as a final state examination course.
Compulsory part: Strategies in the education of pupils with special educational needs at school (written test). Selective part: A Education of pupils with intellectual disability B Education of pupils with physical disability and multiple disability, C Education of pupils with speech disorders and with intellectual disability, D Education of pupils with visual impairment, E Education of pupils with hearing impairment, F Education of pupils with behavioural disorders, with intellectual disability and addictology. Elective part:
Specific learning disabilities.
4-year Doctoral degree programme/Special Education study field.