Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf) (Postgraduate Diploma)

School of Education, University of Leeds the United Kingdom

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The award
Postgraduate Diploma

How long you will study
24 Months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
part-time, distance

Course starts
September

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About Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf) at School of Education, University of Leeds

This Postgraduate Diploma provides a flexible opportunity for professional development in the area of deaf education. Less intensive than the Masters route (see MA Deaf Education) this course allows you to qualify as a teacher of the deaf without the need for a dissertation.

Designed for individuals in work, the course allows you to learn through distance learning materials, which are supported by tutorials and regular day schools as well as two short residential stays which will allow you to learn from fellow students.

Drawing on your own experiences with deaf children, the course allows you to reflect upon this critically and relate your knowledge to current theories and research regarding childhood deafness, development and learning.

Course content

Central to the programme is an understanding of the establishment of language fluency and effective communication as a basis for cognitive, social and emotional development. It recognises of the plural and diverse linguistic contexts of deaf children’s lives and that maximising engagement with curriculum must be the educational priority for all deaf learners.

Individual auditory potential must be carefully evaluated and regularly reappraised for all deaf children. Consideration is, therefore, given to the range of communicative and educational demands of the different contexts in which children learn so that advances in personal and assistive hearing technologies, combined with acoustic environment management, can be optimised for deaf learners.

Through consideration of the roles of spoken and signed languages and increasingly sophisticated hearing technologies in deaf children’s lives and education, you will develop a broad language base and the skills to respond flexibly to deaf children’s dynamic and changing communication needs.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPostgraduate DiplomaHow you will studyPart-time, DistanceHow long you will study24 months
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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree (hons) with a 2:1 or non-UK equivalent.

You will also need ...

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and skills (QTLS) (required for Teacher of the Deaf award)

  • two years of teaching experience or experience of working with deaf children in educational settings

  • access to a school or service's audiological resources and support

  • British Sign Language CACDP/ Signature/ iBSL Level 1 or equivalent

  • access to local sign language tuition

  • access to internet facilities for e-learning.

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

What students think about School of Education, University of Leeds

    Zara Karim - BA Childhood Studies

    Testimonial from Zara Karim - BA Childhood Studies, student at School of Education

    A particular highlight of my course was gaining knowledge on how primary schools work and about inclusion in education. This is something I often think about for when I become a teacher. Another highlight of my course has been the development of my personal profile and how I can build on this to get to where I would like to be. 

    I’m currently studying in my second year and have planned to work in industry in the summer in Thailand. I believe this opportunity will enhance my credibility for becoming a primary school teacher.

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    Xiaowen Liu - MA TESOL Studies

    Testimonial from Xiaowen Liu - MA TESOL Studies, student at School of Education

    What has impressed me most is that the course combined theory with practice. For example, in the module English Teaching Methodology, in addition to introducing teaching practices in the classroom, tutors also scaffold micro-teaching, which provides students opportunities to design and deliver a real course with their partners and get feedback from tutors.

    Academic writing concerned me most before I came here, like many international students, but the School of Education prepared me well. In the first few weeks of term, we were provided with a chance to write a practice assignment to get familiar with academic writing in this country, which would not count towards our final grade but would be marked and commented on by academic staff.

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