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Postgraduate Course: Placement / Inclusion (EDUA11258)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe placement offers an opportunity to critically explore issues of educational inclusion in the context of a specific placement, which can be in any educational setting where deaf children/young people are accessing curriculum and assessment (including special schools for deaf children). As the final course in the programme, it also enables students to reflect on their learning from the other courses within the programme. There is no attendance required at University for the Placement course. It will involve four weeks of teaching placement in year 2 in the teacher's own workplace and three weeks in year 3 in a different setting with deaf learners. There will be three observational visits by a University tutor: two visits in the student's own workplace and one in the external placement. Assessment for the course will be by three observation reports and a placement file, including a case study from the external placement.
Course description There is no set syllabus, as the placement course is a culmination of the whole of the Diploma. Topics expected to be included in observations and placement files include:
Assessment of deaf learners' needs; audiological assessment and implications for learning; classroom communication skills in speech and sign; curriculum access strategies for deaf learners; planning and IEPs for deaf learners; visual teaching strategies and teaching independence skills;liaison skills with parents and professionals; reflection on own skills; role of research in informing new directions in teaching deaf pupils; a critical informed approach to inclusion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs The student's Local Authority will have agreed to meet any additional costs of the external placement: accommodation and travel.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 04/08/2014
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Online Activities 25, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 147, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Much of this course is by self-study with VLE materials and support from the mentor in the workplace
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Placement file from two placements with details of deaf learners, session plans, forward plans, deaf awareness, professional liaison with parents and other professionals, audiological records, self evaluations, critical reflections on pupils' access to curriculum and assessment. Weight 50%
Three successful placement observation reports from university tutors.Weight 50%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, course members will be able to:
1. Identify the individual needs of deaf pupils in a range of educational settings.
2. Use audiological equipment appropriately and interpret findings successfully in relation to a range of deaf learners.
3. Communicate effectively with a range of deaf learners and promote their learning.
4. Plan, teach and evaluate an appropriate curriculum for deaf learners, using a range of differentiated teaching methods to create a stimulating learning environment in at least two different educational settings.
5. Work effectively with all those involved in supporting the learning of deaf pupils, reflecting critically upon their own professional practice.
6. Assess the contribution of research to the inclusion agenda, and critically investigate this term as it applies to deaf education in at least one educational setting.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills of planning, curriculum development and self evaluation would be useful for any teacher considering further study, e.g. Chartered Teacher accreditation.
Special Arrangements The fees for this course are more than the standard because of the additional costs of organising placement visits. During 2009/10 the fee for this course was 825. The placement course has no class contact in the university and the course runs over two academic years. During the first year students do 4 weeks in their own workplace and have 2 university tutor visits. In their second year of the placement course they do 3 weeks in a different workplace with deaf learners and have a further university tutor visit. These work placements are discussed and agreed in advance with the employer and placement provider.
Study Abroad External placements abroad could be possible, but there would be additional tutor costs which would need to be covered by the student or local authority.
KeywordsPlacement Deaf Education
Course organiserMs Rachel O'Neill
Tel: (0131 6)51 6429
Course secretaryMrs Susan Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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