You will study the following modules:
Issues and Debates: Understanding SpLD (Dyslexia) 20 credits (4000 words or equivalent)
This module will introduce some of the issues and debates in relation to understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). You will develop your knowledge of contemporary theoretical concepts, reviewing recent, relevant literature. You will critically appraise models and frameworks for teaching and assessing children and young people and examine and evaluate pedagogical approaches.
Evidence-based practice and Action Research: Pedagogical Approaches for SpLD (Dyslexia) 20 credits (4000 words or equivalent)
You will plan, implement and evaluate appropriate pedagogical approaches in your setting by completing a piece of action research. You will critically examine current theory and research in relation to literacy skills development and identify issues arising out of your practice in working with learners with Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia. You will design, deliver and critically evaluate learners’ progress in appropriate teaching programmes, developing your understanding of effective study methods. (Required documents to be submitted in the Professional Portfolio of Practice)
Analytical Case Study: Assessing SpLD (Dyslexia) 20 credits (4000 words or equivalent)
In this module, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of psychological and educational assessment. You will learn how to select appropriate assessment tools and materials to assess Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia and be able to justify your approaches. You will demonstrate you can effectively communicate the outcomes of assessments with learners, professionals and parents, including writing reports. (Required documents to be submitted in the Professional Portfolio of Practice)
Professional Portfolio of Practice
You will need to complete 42 hours of specified activities (30 hours of teaching and 12 hours of assessment) in an educational setting to achieve the Specialist Assessor for SpLD (Dyslexia). This will be assessed remotely via submission of video and associated documentation as follows:
- Three hours of teaching will be submitted securely via video. You will also submit associated materials such as lesson plans, evaluations, schemes of work, teaching diaries etc. in the portfolio.
- One hour of the assessments you complete for an individual learner submitted securely via video. You will also submit associated materials such as reports.
Informed consent must be obtained prior to any videoing which will be addressed early in the course.
The programme is subject to the criteria set out by the BDA (Appendix A). Individuals can apply for the professional status of ATS/APS/AMBDA/AMBDA HE/FE within 3 years of successful completion.
This programme meets the criteria for individuals to apply for the professional status of ATS/APS/AMBDA/AMBDA HE/FE within 3 years of successful completion and fulfils these requirements.