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Postgraduate Diploma in Education — Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities

Enabling teachers to support children with varying learning needs in the classroom

About 5 to 15 percent of children in classrooms in India have a learning disability. Policies mandate that all children need to be part of the regular school system, irrespective of their learning needs. But due to lack of awareness and poor implementation of the policies, children with disabilities are often forced to drop out of school. Teacher preparedness is critical for ensuring that children with learning disabilities become a part of an inclusive school system. 

The Postgraduate Diploma programme in Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities aims to equip teachers to understand the nature and characteristics of the condition as well as possess the necessary knowledge to adapt the curriculum and modify teaching strategies to help the children cope with the demands of a regular school curriculum and become lifelong autonomous learners.

Enabling teachers with the required skills and knowledge helps develop competencies needed to function as effective inclusive school teachers, thereby fostering their professional growth in the workplace.

Who should join us?

This postgraduate diploma is open to practicing regular school teachers, special educators, counsellors and school heads working in private and public school systems in India.

What does the programme offer?

The postgraduate diploma is designed for school teachers and school functionaries to understand learning disability as a condition and develop skills for identification, assessment and application of evidence-based teaching methods in inclusive classrooms.

Some important features of the programme are

  • This programme is aligned to the credit structure as defined by the National Credit Framework (NCrF) issued by UGC in April 2023 and aims to fulfil the need for professional development amongst school practitioners and functionaries.

  • It enables to deepen the understanding about the nature and needs of students with learning disabilities and related conditions in classrooms.

  • There is a deliberate focus to provide knowledge about the processes of curriculum adaptation, assessment and educational programme planning for students with learning disabilities.

  • The practitioner’s ability to apply research-based teaching methods for children with learning disabilities in regular school classrooms is enabled through this programme

  • The programme opens avenues for meeting like-minded people through the University Alumni network.

  • Participants have the flexibility of joining the PG Diploma Programme or choosing one or more Certificate Programmes. If they choose only one Certificate Programme, they could do so based on the calendar.

Programme Structure

The 40 credits, 12 months Diploma is offered in a blended mode, with online and on-campus interaction.

The PG Diploma Programme comprises four Certificate Programmes (12 weeks duration, 10 credits each) covering key aspects of Learning Disability.

Participants have the flexibility of joining the PG Diploma Programme or taking one or more Certificate Programmes.

Successful completion of the four Certificate Programmes leads to the award of the PG Diploma. The PG Diploma can be completed within a maximum period of 2 years.

  • Course 1: An overview of Learning
  • Course 2: Introduction to Learning Disabilities
  • Course 3: Learning Disabilities and Associated Conditions
  • Course 4: Project based course
  • Course 1: Growth and Development
  • Course 2: Screening, Identification and Assessment of Learning Disability
  • Course 3: Observing and Nurturing the Whole Child
  • Course 4: Project based course
  • Course 1: Intervention for Children with Learning Disability — An overview
  • Course 2: Instructional Strategies in the Curricular Areas for Children with Learning Disability
  • Course 3: Intervention: Social, Emotional Behaviour
  • Course 4: Project based course
  • Course 1: Inclusive Education 
  • Course 2: Universal Design of Learning and Differentiated Instruction
  • Course 3: Collaboration and Support for Inclusive Education
  • Course 4: Project based course

Programme Calendar (Tentative)*

Certificate ProgrammeProgramme cycleFace to face interaction*
Learning Disabilities in the Classroom16 Feb — 15 May, 202415 Apr — 20 Apr, 2024
Learning Disability: Identification and Assessment16 May — 15 Aug, 202415 Jul — 19 Jul, 2024
Learning Disability: Teaching Methods and Strategies16 Aug — 15 Nov, 202414 Oct — 19 Oct, 2024
Inclusive Education for Children with LD16 Nov — 15 Feb, 202506 Jan — 11 Jan, 2025

*Above dates are indicative and may change. Dates for the face to face classes will be re-confirmed at the beginning of each Certificate Programme.

Programme Pedagogy

  1. 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.

  2. On-campus/face-to-face interaction — Each of the four Certificate Programmes of the PG Diploma Programme has a face-to-face component that involves one week of 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 Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

    • Registering for individual Certificate Programmes, would entail mandatory attendance in the face-to-face component for the respective certificate.

    • Registering for the entire PG 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 an alternate portfolio for the remaining two Certificate Programmes.

Open to practicing regular school teachers, special educators, counsellors and school heads working in private and public school systems in India with minimum 2 years of relevant work experience.

  • Undergraduate in any discipline (Preferred)

  • Working knowledge of English (reading, writing, and speaking)


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