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Diploma in Education - Inclusive Education

Working with children with diverse learning needs in the classroom.


There are children with different learning needs in every classroom. Children with disabilities educated in regular schools outperform those educated in segregated settings. An inclusive school environment benefits all children, not just those with disabilities.

The National Education Policy (NEP) of India proposes full participation of children with diverse learning needs 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.

The aim of the Diploma Programme in Inclusive Education is to develop capabilities of teachers and educators in the regular school system for working with children with diverse learning needs to maximise their learning potential.

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

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 Center 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 in Inclusive Education provides regular school teachers with the knowledge about inclusive education as a concept and practice, and equips them with skills needed to identify and work with children with diverse learning needs in regular classrooms. 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 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.

  • 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.

The programme is open for teachers, Educators, Principals, Special Educators and Counsellors from public and private school with minimum 2 years of relevant work experience. The eligibility criteria are:

  • Undergraduate in any discipline (Preferred)
  • Working knowledge of English (reading, writing, and speaking)
  • Step‑1: Online application form with statement of purpose.
  • Step‑2: Panel Interview in online mode.
  • Fees for the Diploma programme — INR 60,000 (incl. GST)
  • Fees for the Certificate programmes — INR 20,000 (incl. GST) per certificate

The fees for both Diploma and Certificate programmes include only tuition fees. There is an additional cost of INR 3500/​week for accommodation. Food and travel expense is also additional which has to be borne by the participant.

Note: GST rates are in line with Government guidelines and are subject to change.

Programme Calendar (Tentative)*

Certificate ProgrammeProgramme cycleFace to face interaction (at Bangalore)*
Inclusive Education: Concept, Policies and Principles01 Feb — 30 Apr, 202411 Mar — 16 Mar, 2024 
Embracing Learning Differences in the classroom – identification and support 01 May — 31 Jul, 202401 Jul — 06 Jul, 2024 
Creating Inclusive Classrooms – pedagogy and practice 01 Aug — 31 Oct, 2024 09 Sep — 14 Sep, 2024 
Setting up Inclusive Practices01 Nov, 2024 — 31 Jan, 202509 Dec — 14 Dec, 2024 

*Above dates are indicative and may change. Dates will be re-confirmed one month in advance of each Certificate.

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Course structure

The 24 credits, 12 months Diploma programme is offered in a blended mode, with online and on-campus interaction.

The Diploma programme comprises four certificate programmes (12 weeks duration, 6 credits each) covering key aspects of Inclusive Education.

Participants have the flexibility of joining the diploma programme or taking one or more certificate programmes

  • Successful completion of the four certificate programmes leads to award of the Diploma. The Diploma can be completed with a maximum time period of 2 years.
  • The on campus components will be held at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru and Bhopal


The programme will be offered in blended mode:

  • Online — This will be conducted through lectures, group work, workshops, presentations, readings, participation in discussion forums on Learning Management Systems, audio/​video material and regular assessment.
  • Face to face interaction — Each of the four certificates of the diploma programme has a face-to-face component that involves one week on-campus engagement, providing opportunities for sharing of learning through intensive group work and interaction with experts and practitioners from the field.
    • The on-campus components will be held at Bengaluru and Bhopal. Participants will attend these classes in the enrolled location as indicated in the application form.
    • Registering for individual certificate programmes, would entail mandatory attendance in the face-to-face component for the respective certificate.
    • Registering for the entire diploma programme would entail mandatory attendance in the face-to-face component in minimum of the two certificate programmes. The participant will have the flexibility of choosing to attend the face-to-face session or completing a project for the remaining two certificate programmes.
  • Course 1: Inclusive Education- Introduction (3 Credits)
  • Course 2: Inclusive Education- Policies and Principles (3 Credits)
  • Course 1: Learning Differences in the Classroom (3 Credits)
  • Course 2: Speech and Communication Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Locomotor and Intellectual Disability (3 Credits)
  • Course 1: Differentiated assessment and IEP (3 Credits)
  • Course 2: Differentiated teaching and learning (3 Credits)
  • Course 1: Leadership and School Culture (3 Credits)
  • Course 2: Multi-tiered support; Family and community engagement (3 Credits)

Total 24 credits