The programme provides a broad and critical perspective of language, literacy and literacy difficulties/dyslexia through sociocultural and cognitive research, as well as education policies. It embraces school and educational demands of literacy skills, the demands of family and social literacy practices, and peer demands of new literacies, such as digital literacies.
The programme establishes the fundamental relationship between language and literacy in typical and atypical development. Students study literacy difficulties/dyslexia in contexts of monolingual, multilingual and multimodal (eg digital literacies).
Students are required to study through English and to practice in an educational context of monolingual or additional English (EAL/ESL/EFL) for programme study purposes. Reference would be made to contexts that are multilingual and multimodal.
The Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) in the School of Education, has a very strong profile in professional development, regionally, nationally and internationally. The tutors who run this programme have strong national and international profiles in the field of research and practice in language and literacy difficulties and dyslexia.
Language and literacies in development. The first module provides students with an introduction to the nature of development of language, literacies and literary practices, and literacy skills. Research-based theories of dyslexia are introduced. This module provides a necessary foundation for upcoming modules.
Identification and assessment of dyslexia/literacy difficulties. The second module introduces students to theories, research and practice in identification, diagnosis and assessment in relation to literacy difficulties/SpLD/dyslexia. Assessment will be through professional practice in assessment of dyslexia as well as a written assignment.
Managing curriculum and intervention for dyslexia/literacy difficulties. This module will cover intervention and curriculum management for dyslexia/literacy difficulties. Assessment will be through professional practice in intervention and curriculum management of dyslexia as well as a written assignment.
Fees and funding
Fees Home/EU 2013-2014
Code 9735 PGCert £2,010
Code 9736 PGDip £2,010
Code 9737 MEd £2,010
The fees shown above are annual fees for students starting their courses September in 2013. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation.
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Scholarships and studentships
School-based students each year may apply for and be awarded government scholarships which will fund all or part of the programme. This is currently administered by the Teaching Agency.
For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries.
In addition to a degree or equivalent, applicants must have at least one year’s relevant experience and regular professional access to learners/students with dyslexia-type needs for the duration of the programme through schools and FE/ HE institutions. To obtain the AMBDA award applicants must be qualified teachers with at least two years teaching and support experience.
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