Are you a fully qualified teacher in post-14 education who wishes to develop a specialism in working with young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities? Are you teaching or planning to teach KS4 in a school or academy, or to teach in a college, with a training provider, in a prison or in the voluntary sector? This module will give you a solid foundation in all aspects of teaching to prepare you for a highly successful career. It is offered in partnership with the University of Derby.
The course is delivered using innovative learning methods, technology enhanced resources and one-to-one observations of you in your own practice. Upon successful completion of this Level 5/7 programme, you will be equipped to become an effective teacher in post-14 education.
This module is delivered at the Roundhouse Campus of Derby College Group and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. The course is delivered by our highly qualified and experienced Teacher Training team who were judged ‘outstanding’ for Initial Teacher Education (FE and Skills) in the last Ofsted inspection (December 2015). All students benefit from access to the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle (online learning platform) pages.
All applicants must attend an informal interview to discuss their qualifications, experience, motivation and aspirations.
You need evidence of:
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. The course will only run with a minimum of 15 enrolments.
Assessment is through coursework and an exciting range of assessment methods is used. This includes creating a resource for a specific learning disability which is then used with your students and critically evaluated, and an essay which evaluates a SEND curriculum to improve outcomes for young people with SEN and/or disabilities.
You are required to undertake research and write in an appropriate academic style, using Harvard Referencing systems. All assessments require you to apply theory to your own practice and you are expected to engage with academic research and learning theory.
This module, alongside your teaching qualification, provides you with an ideal platform to progress. At Level 7 this would enable you to progress straight to an MA ED. If you progress to the University of Derby you will already have achieved 60 credits towards your Masters qualification. At Level 5 it would give you additional credits to progress to a full honours degree.
Throughout the course you will experience a wide range of teaching techniques and will be both supported and encouraged to experiment with these techniques within your own classroom so that you exit the programme as a creative and innovative practitioner.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby. www.derby.ac.uk
Plumbing tutor Shaun Simms is relishing the chance to pass on his skills to young plumbers after successfully completing a Cert Ed at Derby College. Shaun, who retrained as a plumber 10 years ago after a career in IT, realised he might make a good teacher while showing a friend on an electrical course the plumbing aspects of the job. He was told about the Cert Ed course at the Roundhouse, and after sailing through the Level 3 Award in Education, went on to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training before progressing to the full Certificate in Education. Shaun, who is described by his Derby College lecturers as an "outstanding teacher" is now working at another Further Education College in the region where he teaches level 1 and 2 plumbing students. He loves his teaching role and particularly enjoys seeing the young people on his courses develop their skills and grow in confidence.
I was so impressed with the quality of teaching throughout my time at Derby College. I enjoyed everything about my course and actively looked forward to my assessments.
My lecturers made to feel so welcome – they've been such an inspiration to me and I wouldn't be the teacher I am now without them."