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Postgraduate Certificate Teaching Adult Dyslexic Learners in Higher Education

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  • Objectives
    The aims of the course are to offer specialist training in teaching adult dyslexic students in higher education, and to provide you with knowledge of the theories that relate to specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. The course will also equip you with a range of strategies to help adult dyslexic learners, including an understanding of information technology that helps dyslexic undergraduate students overcome the barriers to their learning. The course is offered under the Department of Education.
  • Entry requirements
    Degree (or equivalent). Candidates without a degree of lower second class or better will need to submit a piece of written work for assessment
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate Teaching Adult Dyslexic Learners in Higher Education
  • Course description
    Course structure
    The curriculum is driven by a number of principles. The key principle is the recognition that we are training practitioners who are able to support dyslexic learners in Higher Education. The focus of the course is therefore to provide a good theoretical framework and teaching practice based on this, to assist the development of reflective practitioners. The initial weeks of the course are designed to set the context of adult learning in Higher Education and to develop trainee tutors' theoretical understanding of the learning issues confronted by dyslexic students. Trainee tutors begin their teaching practice in approximately week 6. The contact hours are only a small portion of the time, which a participant will need to allocate when undertaking this course. The directed learning and teaching practice required will require at least another four hours of input.

    Core modules include:

    -Identification and Assessment - the Profile of the Dyslexic Learner in HE
    -Difficulties and Manifestations of Dyslexia in HE
    -Facilitating the Learning of Dyslexic Students

    Assessment
    Assessment methods include course reflections, a project, a case study, presentations, teaching observation, a portfolio that includes written evidence of teaching practice (minimum 30 hours) and a process recording.

    Career opportunities
    Graduates from the Postgraduate Certificate may go on to the level of Postgraduate Diploma by the completion of an additional course or to a Masters degree by the completion of an additional course and a dissertation. Graduates of the course should have a good understanding of how to help adult dyslexic learners reach their full potential.

    Attendance & duration

    Part-time (day): one year, Tuesdays (10am-3pm) plus 30 hours of teaching practice

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