University of Birmingham

Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment, MEd - PGDip

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment programme offered by the University of Birmingham and approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for training teachers of deaf children seeking the Mandatory (MQ) qualification is offered as a distance learning course. 

About

The Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment programme offered by the University of Birmingham  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.

Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone, email, web based learning and online materials, and through an allocated tutor in a small tutorial group which allows students to learn with each other. Internet access is required for the programme. There is a University based study week in January each year, at which attendance is compulsory. 

Career Opportunities

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

Modules include:

  • 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
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      MEd: 3 years; PGDip: 2 years

  • Credits
    140 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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Academic Requirements

The course is designed for practising teachers, and some of the course materials are written in a way that assumes regular contact with deaf pupils. Applicants who do not have regular contact with deaf pupils will need to establish links with a local school for the deaf, resource base or service for deaf pupils during the programme to enable them to carry out some of the required activities.

Students wishing to gain the mandatory qualification who do not have regular contact with deaf pupils will normally be required to complete a period of ten days observation in an educational setting for deaf pupils in addition to the normal periods of assessed teaching. Each case will be considered on an individual basis

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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.
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  • EU/EEA - PGDip £3,348
  • Non EU/EEA - PGDip £5,430

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