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Master of Education Teaching Students with Disabilities

Master of Education Teaching Students with Disabilities

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 90 ECTS

​​Start Date: September

Duration: 3 Years (Part-time)

Programme Description

This programme is targeted towards individuals who wish to enhance their skills and competences in working with/teaching students with disabilities. The target audience is either qualified individuals wishing to further specialize in teaching students with disabilities or those wishing to join the education sector as a teacher in a resource centre. It aims to equip participants with the skills and competences to effectively teach and support individuals with disabilities to ensure their holistic development.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to be in possession of one of the following: 

1. A Bachelor’s degree (MQF Level 6 with a minimum 180 ECTS) in inclusive education, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, psychology or a cognate area deemed relevant by the Institute for Education.

OR

2. In case applicants are in possession of a Bachelor’s degree not in one of the areas specified above and are already employed as a supply teacher in a resource centre/special education unit, applicants may be admitted based on an interview where they will be asked to submit a portfolio evidencing their work and accomplishments during their teaching experience.

Course Outline

First Year Compulsory

Code Description Credits
Policies on the Rights of Students with Disabilities
3 ECTS
Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Students with Disabilities
3 ECTS
A Functional Curriculum
5 ECTS
Developing Independent Living Skills
3 ECTS
Assistive Technologies for Learning
4 ECTS
Puberty, Adolescence and Sexuality for Students with Disabilities
2 ECTS
Teaching Practice I: Reflection on Action
10 ECTS

Second Year Compulsory

Code Description Credits
Social and Emotional Wellbeing for Students with Disabilities
3 ECTS
Motor Activites for Students with Disabilities
3 ECTS
Play Skills and Expressive Arts for Students with Disabilities
2 ECTS
Approaches with Students with Severe, Complex and Profound Disabilities
5 ECTS
Personal and Social Skills for Teaching Students with Disabilities
2 ECTS
Educational Research Strategies
5 ECTS
Teaching Practice II: Reflection on Action
10 ECTS

Third Year Compulsory

Code Description Credits
Dissertation
30 ECTS

N.B. Please note that while the above provides an indication of the overall programme structure, the years in which modules are delivered may change or be replaced as part of the Institute for Education’s administrative processes.

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

  1. Apply educational theory and policies relevant to professional practice within the context of teaching students with disabilities;
  2. Reflect on educational practices and their success in engaging learners, safeguarding the rights and addressing the needs of the individual.
  3. Transform teaching and assessment practices in a manner that positively promotes the development and independence of the learner;
  4. Employ knowledge of ethical and social issues regarding students with disabilities in a manner which ensures the provision of an education for all;
  5. Utilise and adapt research methodology to address issues related to the educational context.

Mode of Delivery

This programme adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning, 50% will be delivered online and 50% face-to-face. The online approach may be either synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the specific programme outline available above. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Pro​cedures​​.

The language of instruction and assessment is English with the exception of Maltese used in modules specific to the Maltese language or as otherwise prescribed.​

Lectures are held either online or at the Institute for Education and/or workshops/sports grounds of licensed compulsory education schools or premises. The teaching practice module will be delivered at licensed, compulsory education schools.

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, portfolios, reflective journals, projects and presentations. Participants will also need to successfully pass two (2) teaching practices. For further details regarding assessment policies, procedures and grading systems, kindly refer to  the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Pro​cedures.

Certification

Upon successful completion of this programme, course participants will be conferred a Master of Education in Teaching Students with Disabilities and recognised by the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority.

Participants are also offered the opportunity to exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Teaching Students with Disabilities  (60 ECTS) following successful completion of the required credits.

Further Career and Learning Opportunities

This course is recognised by the Council for the Teaching Profession and serves as part of the requirements to apply for the position of regular teacher in resource centres. It may also provide access to further studies at MQF Level 8.

Applications

Applications for the Master of Education Teaching Students with Disabilities programme open mid-May of each year with programmes commencing the following September​.

When open, interested applicants may apply through the Institute for Education’s online portal: https://ife.portal.gov.mt/programme/apply 

Non-EU/EEA course participants who intend to move to Malta for study reasons, for the duration of the programme, require an authorisation from Identity Malta in order to be able to study locally.

For any queries related to the Admissions process kindly contact [email protected]​​​

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