Diploma in Inclusive Education

Working with children with diverse learning needs in the classroom.

Introduction

There are children with different learning needs in every classroom. Studies show that children with disabilities who are educated in regular schools do better than those who attend special schools.

The National Education Policy (NEP) of India proposes that children with diverse learning needs should participate fully in the regular schooling process. Teachers in regular classrooms need to develop capabilities to cater to the diverse learning needs of children in their classrooms. An inclusive school environment benefits all children, not just those with disabilities.

What we offer 

Our programme is designed for teachers and educators who work in the regular school system. 

The purpose of the diploma programme is to create knowledge and skills in teachers and educators to make their classrooms safe and inclusive for children with diverse learning needs. 

Our 12-month programme to be offered in blended’ mode comprises of online classes and in-person sessions. The Diploma programme includes four certificate programmes of twelve weeks duration each. 

On successfully completing the programme, you will be awarded a diploma. Each certificate programme can also be taken individually, leading to the award of a certificate. 

Our objectives

Our diploma aims to:

  • Provide regular school teachers with an understanding about inclusion, current policy provisions, and the benefits and barriers of inclusive education in the Indian school system.
  • Prepare teachers with skills to identify and support diversity in the classroom.
  • Equip teachers with capabilities to modify the curriculum, instruction, pedagogy and assessment to support the needs of children with learning difficulties in regular classrooms.
  • Provide teachers and educators with knowledge and skills to set up inclusive practices in their own contexts.

This programme will be offered in collaboration with Spastics Society of Karnataka, and Ummeed Child Development Centre.

Spastics Society of Karnataka is a non-governmental organisation that has done 15 years and more of dedicated service towards conducting various pre-service and in-service teacher training programmes for inclusive education, autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, early childhood education, and cerebral palsy.

Ummeed Child Development Centre is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision of helping children with developmental disabilities reach their full potential to be included in society. In nineteen years, with a transdisciplinary team of developmental paediatricians, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, autism intervention specialists, special educators, speech therapists and social workers have directly worked with over 10,000 children and their families, providing support through over 75,000 sessions.

The diploma programme will be beneficial to all teachers in the primary and middle school, and to educators in administrative roles such as school heads, principals, special educators, and counsellors belonging to the public and private school systems. 

We look for a proven interest in working with young children and/​or relevant work experience of 2 years or more.

You can apply if:

  • You have an undergraduate degree in any discipline (this is preferred) 
  • You have working knowledge of English (reading, writing, and speaking) 

Admission process

Step 1

Online application form with statement of purpose 

Step 2

Personal Interview (conducted online) 

Fees

Diploma programme

Before commencement of first certificate programme: INR 15,000

Before commencement of third certificate programme: INR 15,000

Certificate programme

Before the commencement of the programme: INR 8500

*No refund

Calendar

Programme*Face to face interaction
IE CP1 — Inclusive Education: Concept, Policies and Principles27 SEP 2021- 18 DEC 20218 NOV 2021 — 13 NOV 2021 
IE CP2 — Embracing Learning Differences in the classroom – identification and support 3 JAN 2022 — 19 MAR 20227 FEB 2022 — 12 FEB 2022 
IE CP3 — Creating Inclusive Classrooms – pedagogy and practice 4 APRIL 2022 — 18 JUN 2022 9 MAY 2022 — 14 MAY 2022 
IE CP4 — Setting up Inclusive Practices4 JULY 2022 — 17 SEP 2022 8 AUG 2022 — 13 AUG 2022 

* Some changes in the face to face interaction mode may be inevitable due to the pandemic situation.

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Course structure

The programme is structured as 4 Certificate programmes of 12 weeks duration leading up to the complete Diploma. 

These 4 certificate programmes are -

Inclusive Education: Concept, Policies and Principles, Embracing Learning Differences in the Classroom – Identification and Support, Creating Inclusive Classrooms – Pedagogy and Practice, Setting up Inclusive Practices.

This diploma will provide regular school teachers with knowledge of inclusive education as a concept and practice, with the skills needed to identify and work with children with disabilities in regular classrooms. 

Pedagogy

Through extensive hands-on exercises and evidence-based practices, teachers will learn how to modify curriculum, teaching practices and assessment to suit individual learning needs of children in their classrooms, and to practice inclusion in their own settings. 

The programmes will be offered in blended mode.

Online

This includes synchronous and asynchronous interactions. In the direct interaction in the online mode, there will be lectures, group work, workshops, presentations for assessment and classroom discussions. Asynchronous interactions include the sharing of readings, participation in discussion forums, audio/​video materials, and work on individual assignments. 

Face to face interaction

This will be held in Bangalore. It will include six days of block teaching once during the 12 week period for each certificate programme. This includes direct lectures, workshops and supervision of practicum and field work.

Over 12 weeks, this certificate programme will have 11 week of online learning combined with 1 weeks of in-person class work.

Over 12 weeks, this certificate programme will have 11 week of online learning combined with 1 weeks of in-person class work.

Over 12 weeks, this certificate programme will have 11 week of online learning combined with 1 weeks of in-person class work.

Over 12 weeks, this certificate programme will have 11 week of online learning combined with 1 weeks of in-person class work.

Total 24 credits