This MQ vision impairment course has been approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). An alternative course (Education of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments) is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people with vision impairments who are not seeking the MQ.
Approximately 100 specialist teachers of children with vision impairment are trained each year, making the University of Birmingham the largest teacher training provider in the area of vision impairment in the United Kingdom.
The Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Visual Impairment course from University of Birmingham is strongly rooted in practice and makes strong links with mainstream settings, special schools and settings, and sensory support services to help keep provision up to date and relevant to practice.
You will be required to attend University based study-weekends and regional tutorials as specified throughout the course. Details of the study weekends may be found in the Teaching and Assessment section.
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a PG Diploma (Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments). This award is recognised by the NCTL as meeting the requirements for the mandatory qualification for specialist teachers of children and young people with vision impairments.
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- Assessment of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments: Understanding and Meeting Individual Needs
- Inclusion of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments: Policy and Practice
- Curriculum Access for Children and Young People with Vision Impairments
- Social and Emotional Development in Children and Young People with Vision Impairments
- Special Studies in Education and Educational Psychology
- Effective Teaching of Children and Young People with Vision Impairments (Mandatory only)
- Practitioner Inquiry in Education (PIE)
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- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
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Applicants are normally required to have a first degree or diplomas or five years of relevant professional experience, training or other relevant qualifications.
In addition to the general entry requirements, applicants should have:
- Department for Education (DfE) Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent;
- normally, a minimum of three years’ teaching experience;
- mentor support from a qualified teacher of vision impairments (QTVI);
- either paid employment, or a formalised volunteer role with a view to employment as a QTVI, in a capacity that involves regular and ongoing teaching of children and young people with vision impairments throughout the duration of the two year programme.
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International6810 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 6810 GBP per year during 36 months.
National3540 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 3540 GBP per year during 36 months.
- PGDip £3,540
- PGDip £3,540
- MEd £3,540
- PGDip £6,810
- MEd £6,810
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.