Special Education for Upper Secondary School Teachers

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The study programme Special Education for Upper Secondary School Teachers is taught in two combinations: Upper Secondary School Teacher Training for Vocational Subjects and Teacher Training in Special Education with an emphasis on vocational education. The aim of the programme is to prepare upper secondary school teachers for teaching two qualified subjects. The programme consists of upper secondary school special education didactics with expanding complementary disciplines. Pedagogical and psychological courses as a theoretical background to the field subjects are an equal part of the studies. The field Teacher Training in Special Education with an emphasis on vocational education is implemented in distance form and builds on the undergraduate study programme Teaching Practical Subjects. The study programme is not internally divided into specializations.

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

  • use wide professional knowledge and skills of special education
  • use field knowledge, communication skills and educational knowledge
  • apply approaches to individuals with SEN in education (individualized approach, group activities, …)
  • support class teachers in the education of students with SEN
  • suggest and process research concerning the education of students with SEN
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Successful graduation guarantees the acquisition of skills in the education of students with special educational needs according to Act no. 379/2015 Coll. and its amendment no. 563/2004 Coll. on Teaching staff. The gained knowledge and skills may be applied in the field of special education, education in general, in public administration and management. The employability of graduates is mainly focused on the field of upper secondary school teaching. These include mainly special teachers of students with special educational needs at upper secondary schools, especially at vocational schools and practical schools (annual and biennial upper secondary study programmes).

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General knowledge and skills in the field of: Education, Psychology, Foreign language in the common core subjects, Research methodology. Special pedagogical knowledge and skills in the field of: Psychopathology, Foundation of Addictology, Strategies in the education of students with special educational needs. Specialized knowledge and skills in the field of: Education of students with mental, physical, visual and hearing impairments, speech disorders, specific learning disabilities and behavioural disorders. The standard study period is 2 years (4 semesters). To be able to take the final state examination, students must obtain a total of 120 credits in required, selective and elective courses. Students should follow the study catalogue of their matriculation year. Access to the study catalogues of each matriculation class can be reached through faculty websites.

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Professional teaching practice – 16 hours, 4 credits, required course

Teaching practice – Specific learning disabilities – 20 hours, 1 credit, elective course

Teaching practice is governed by the Manual of Teaching practice (Bartoňová, M., Pipeková, J. Brno: MU, 2011). Further information: http://www.ped.muni.cz/wsedu

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The content of the final state examination: Education and Psychology (common core content is ensured by the Department of Education and the Department of Psychology). Thesis defence (the topic should be always focused on special education even if the thesis is written at a different department). See Qualification Standards of Special Education for Theses (http://www.ped.muni.cz/wsedu). Within the final state examination the student chooses 2 questions from two required courses and 2 questions from elective courses (if chosen).

Required part: Strategy of education of students with special educational needs at upper secondary schools. Optional part: Specific learning disabilities

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Possibility of students extending their skills in the field of special education: Master's degree programme in Special Education divided into three specializations: Special education, Special education for teachers, Special education of adults (Special Andragogy) – single subject studies.

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Field of study specifications

Field of Study: Special Education for Upper Secondary School Teachers
Abbreviation: SPPUS
Code: 7506T043
Type: Master's degree programme (following the Bachelor's one)
Degree: Mgr.
Accreditation: to 31/12/2024
Programme: N7504 N-SS Teacher Training for Secondary Schools
Faculty of Education
Field of study guaranteed by:
Faculty of Education
Field guarantor:
prof. PaedDr. Miroslava Bartoňová, Ph.D.