The course aims to build professional skills required by Learning Support Educators to assist and support the teacher in the general classroom. The programme aims to equip prospective candidates with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to support teachers in creating an effective classroom experience for all students. The programme will focus on knowledge and skills to be able to support individuals with mild to severe disabilities, mild to severe learning difficulties and mild to severe challenging behaviour and the prevention thereof. It also aims to improve the competencies, skills, effectiveness and confidence that learning support educators seek to bring to their work, and for those who wish to further their career possibilities and prepare the ground for progression.
The course has been designed to allow students to develop an understanding of the curriculum, education policy, principles of education, knowledge of the challenges met in classrooms when supporting learning of children with disabilities and/or learning difficulties, the development of skills needed to support children with a variety of needs and the implementation of positive behavioural approaches.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the following qualifications:
(a) the Diploma in Facilitating Inclusive Education of the University of Malta or
(b) the MCAST Level 5 Higher Diploma in Facilitating Inclusive Education OR any other comparable and equivalent recognised qualification, together with passes at SEC level at Grade 5 or better in English Language, Maltese and Mathematics.
Where possible, lectures will also be delivered in Gozo either face-to-face (depending on the number of qualified applicants) or through video conferencing.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.
Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 2,700 Fee per semester: Eur 450
Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250
a) Subject Knowledge and Understanding
Students will be able to:
1. define their role as Learning Support Educators; 2. list their responsibilities within the transdisciplinary team to ensure learning for all students within an inclusive classroom; 3. locate and describe the diverse roles and distinctive contribution of the Learning Support Educator; 4. identify specific characteristics of high incidence disabilities; 5. identify specific characteristics of low incidence disabilities; 6. identify specific skills and appropriate teaching strategies that a LSE can use to provide effective support to contribute to productive teamwork; 7. describe different characteristics of a child's typical development; 8. define inclusive practice; 9. describe the value of diversity in the child's socio-emotional development; 10. Implement positive school based behaviour approaches.
b) intellectual Development
Students will be able to:
1. demonstrate a sense of self-direction through the completion of assigned tasks; 2. use their personal and professional experiences as a learning resource; 3. demonstrate their learning in task oriented activities; 4. demonstrate their learning through real contexts problem-solving; 5. demonstrate intrinsic motivation in their work with children.
c) Key/transferable skills
students will be able to:
1. plan according to the diverse needs of the children; 2. implement, evaluate and reflect on one's professional practice; 3. work in collaboration with the teacher and other support staff - work as part of a trans-disciplinary team; 4. give feedback to the class teacher; 5. support the progression and development of the pupils through positive engagement; 6. work alone with one or more children who need support; 7. handle particular routines needed by children under ones care; 8. produce resources for pupils in consultation with the class teacher; 9. use augmentative and alternative technologies to support learning.
This programme is targeted to those looking to become graduate Learning Support Educators and is intended for applicants in possession of the Diploma in Facilitating Inclusive Education of the University of Malta or equivalent.
Graduates will have the necessary skills to work as learning support educators (LSEs) at the graduate level (LSE 3)
Graduates can also apply to become Inclusion Coordinators (INCOs)
Graduates will have the option to further their education to Masters level in various related areas.
Students who wish to participate in an Erasmus Exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.
Last Updated: 7 October 2019
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