Graduate School of Education and Sport

Specialist pathways

As an alternative to studying a broad MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusive Education, there are three part-time specialist pathways through this programme offering you the opportunity to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in teaching deaf, visually impaired or bilingual learners.

These three pathways offer teachers a Postgraduate Diploma in working with particular groups of students in a range of settings. Taught by qualified practitioners, they allow you to meet the Scottish and English governments’  mandatory qualifications for teaching deaf and visually impaired children and gaining greater depth for work with bilingual learners. You can leave with a Postgraduate Diploma or move to the MSc Inclusive Education after the specialist pathway diploma.  

Please note: students from outside the UK and EU are not able to study part-time because of visa restrictions. As such, you will not be able to pursue one of these pathways.

Postgraduate Diploma Inclusive Education (deaf learners)

Two children with hearing aids

This award is designed for teachers who are currently teaching deaf children mainly in Scottish schools and who wish to gain the competences agreed by the Scottish Government for qualified teachers of deaf children.  The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf has endorsed this award and supports the way it acts as a professional qualification.

Pathway structure

In this Postgraduate Diploma there are two compulsory courses: Sources of Knowledge (10 credits) and Inclusive Pedagogy (20 credits). In addition, it is likely that you will take:

  • Audiology & Audiometry (20 credits)
  • Language & Communication (20 credits)
  • Promoting Achievement & Curriculum Access (20 credits)
  • Deaf Studies (10 credits)
  • Placement (20 credits)

Please note, courses can change each year.

 

Qualified status as teachers of deaf or visually impaired children

Qualified teachers who take the MSc Inclusive Education part time over two years may also be able to gain qualified status as a teachers of deaf or visually impaired children. This will involve periods of supervised placement in more than one educational setting.

Please note this route is available to UK and EU students only because of Tier 4 visa restrictions on part time study.

 

Postgraduate Diploma Inclusive Education (visually impaired learners)

Visually impaired girl playing with colourful textured rolls

This award is designed for teachers who are currently teaching visually impaired children both in Scottish and English schools and who wish to gain the competences agreed by the Scottish Government for qualified teachers of visually impaired children. SAVIE, the Scottish Association for Visual Impairment Education, has endorsed this award and supports the way it acts as a professional qualification. The English National College has awarded the programme team the right to provide a pathway for teachers of visually impaired teachers working to gain the English competencies.

Pathway structure

In this Postgraduate diploma there are three compulsory courses: Sources of Knowledge (10 credits), Conceptualising Research (10 credits) and Inclusive Pedagogy (20 credits).

 In addition, it is likely that you will take:

  • Issues & Strategies for Teaching & Learning (Visual Impairment) (20 credits)
  • Assessing Visual Impairment (20 credits)
  • Cerebral Visual Impairment (20 credits)
  • Inclusion of Children with Visual Impairment: Policy & Practice (20 credits)

Please note, courses can change each year.

 

Postgraduate Diploma Inclusive Education (bilingual learners)

Children having fun using computers

This award is designed for teachers who are currently teaching bilingual children mainly in Scottish schools. The University of Edinburgh is the only provider in Scotland of a Postgraduate Diploma in this area. Local authorities in Scotland regard this specialist Postgraduate Diploma as a benchmark for practitioners specialising in work with learners who have English as an Additional Language.

Pathway structure

In this Postgraduate diploma there are three compulsory courses: Sources of Knowledge (10 credits), Conceptualising Research (10 credits) and Inclusive Pedagogy (20 credits). In addition, it is likely that you will take:

  • The Developing Bilingual Learner (20 credits)
  • Bilingualism & Other Additional Support Needs (20 credits)
  • Plus 40 credits from other programme options

Please note, courses can change each year.

 

Further information

Please contact the Programme Director for further information.