The School of Education has a national reputation for the MA in Deaf Education, which recognises the importance of BSL as a language and the central role of deaf adults in the education of deaf children.
The course offers flexible routes to qualifications in Deaf Education through the provision of an MA in Deaf Education, which may be taken with or without the mandatory Teacher of the Deaf qualification (TOD).
As a whole, the course addresses the fundamental issues of language development, communication, achievement and good practice and aims to provide teachers of the deaf with the specialist knowledge and skills they need to work across a range of settings in deaf education.
The programme focuses on the importance of developing age-appropriate language, whether signed or spoken, where visual-gestural language is considered as strength rather than a weakness.
A central theme of this provision is that that the establishment of effective communication as a basis for cognitive development and access to the curriculum must be an educational priority for all deaf children.
Who is the course for?
The MA in Deaf Education (TOD) will interest deaf and hearing teachers wishing to gain the mandatory TDA approved Teacher of the Deaf qualification.
The MA in Deaf Education (without TOD) is aimed at teachers of the deaf who wish to further their professional development but who do not require the mandatory Teacher of the Deaf Qualification.
The School of Education actively encourages suitably qualified deaf applicants and provides appropriate access and support arrangements.
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