• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment programme offered by the University of Birmingham has been approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for training teachers of deaf children seeking the Mandatory (MQ) qualification.

About

Successful completion of the Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment programme offered by the University of Birmingham leads to General Teaching Council recognition as a qualified teacher of the deaf. An alternative programme is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people with hearing impairment who are not seeking the MQ.  

This distance learning programme approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has been offered at the University of Birmingham since 1989. It is open to teachers who are qualified to teach learners in England (from 0 to 25 years of age) who wish to gain the mandatory qualification of teacher of the deaf. The programme aims to equip teachers who are already qualified to teach learners in England to meet the relevant NCTL standards to achieve qualified teacher of the deaf status.

It is also open to other professionals who do not wish, or are not eligible, to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status – for example lecturers of deaf students, communication support workers and educational psychologists. Applicants who are not qualified teachers of school-aged pupils may take the University (non mandatory) Award but will not be eligible to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status from the NCTL.

Careers

The MEd and PGDip for Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment is ideal for teachers who are already qualified to teach school-aged children in England but require the mandatory qualification to achieve qualified teacher of the deaf status from the General Teaching Council for England. The non mandatory MEd and PGDip qualification is suitable for professionals who do not wish, or are not eligible, to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status – for example lecturers of deaf students, communication support workers and educational psychologists.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD or EdD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with hearing impaired children and young people. These include: specialist teachers, educational audiologists, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists, youth workers, social workers, counsellors and BSL interpreters.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Educational Audiology
  • Language and Communication in Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Pupils
  • The Development of Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Children
  • The Educational Management of Deaf and Hearing Impaired Pupils
  • Teaching and Learning in Deaf Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Duration: MEd: 3 years PT; PGDip: 2 years PT.

  • Credits
    140 alternative credits

    • Students who complete all parts of the programme including the optional module will gain a total of 140 credits rather than the 120 credits required for a PG Diploma.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    59

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: First Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to First Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Applicants are required to have a first degree or diploma (or equivalent) or 5 years relevant professional experience. 
  • Additionally, candidates wishing to gain recognition from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) as a qualified teacher of the deaf must be teachers who are qualified to teach learners in England (from 0 to 25 years of age) and are expected to have a minimum of two years teaching or other appropriate professional experience prior to commencing the programme. In exceptional circumstances, applications will be considered from those who do not meet this criterion.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5430 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3450 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • EU/EEA - PGDip. - £3,348
  • Non EU/EEA - PGDip. -  £5,430

Funding

The new Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Masters degrees in the UK is available for students normally residing in England.

The main details of the new Postgraduate Loan are:

  • A loan of up to £10,609 will be made available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses from the academic year onwards. 
  • The loan will be available to students across all discipline subject areas for full-time, part-time and distance learning Masters programmes, so long as you do not have existing qualifications at Masters-level or above (which includes undergraduate integrated Masters qualifications, such as MSci or MEng etc).
  • The loan will be paid directly to you, into a UK bank account.

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