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DIPLOMA IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (EARLY YEARS)
The need for special education teachers in preschool is expected to grow up to 9 percent before 2024*. Our Diploma in Special Education (Early Years) is designed to mold educators for young children with special needs.
*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections Program
18 Academic Modules
4 MPU Modules
FAMILY & COMMUNITY
Family and Community 1
This module helps students to gain an insight into issues related to families and also how these issues influence both parents and children with emphasis on special children. Students are taught on causes of family problems and how to help solve these problems. Further to this, special education teachers and child care workers are also vital to the development of the community’s support for the family as well as the individual, and must be knowledgeable and articulate about family matters and issues affecting families. The need for collaborative work/partnership is crucial for educational success in the context of educating young children with special needs.
Family and Community 2
Special education teachers and child care workers are closely involved in the development and well-being of the children with special needs in their care and enjoy a partnership with parents and community support groups to assist the development of the children with special needs. This module will assist students to develop procedures and practices for harnessing the community systems to support the children with special needs and their families.
UNDERSTANDING YOUNG CHILDREN
Philosophy and Early Childhood Special Education in Malaysia and in the West
The module aims to give an understanding and overview picture about National Philosophy of Education and Special Education in Malaysia. Students will also be informed of the several important sources or key persons in early childhood and special education and their philosophical background in early childhood education and special education.
Knowing How Young Children Grow and Learn
Knowledge of all dimensions of the development of the whole child is essential for observing, planning and evaluating learning and effective teaching. This module will introduce students to the complexities and inter-relatedness of child development, and will assist students to recognize the use of such knowledge in their professional activities. This unit will require students to demonstrate their knowledge in a wide-ranging examination of the content of the unit, and to undertake a practical activity in child studies. The content of this unit provides the foundations for many other units in this module.
Students will learn about cognitive, social, emotional, physical and language development in young children. They will also learn how to provide the best environment for optimum development to take place.
Understanding Young Children with Special Needs
Including children with special needs is the challenge of today in Malaysia, thus students will be able to acquire adequate knowledge in responding sensitively and responsively to the process of inclusion. This module aims to prepare students to manage various types of children with special needs of children in a variety of settings. Students will also be introduced to notions of professional conduct in observing and teaching children with special needs, and to understanding the limitations of their own experiences and abilities so that they are competent in referring children with special needs to specialist personnel, and for working in collaboration with such personnel in delivering effective educational programs for all children with special needs.
Observing & Assessing Young Children’s Development
Observation is central to good teaching, and observation is founded upon knowledge of child development and learning. It is axiomatic that the more knowledgeable the teacher is, the more perceptive and insightful will be the interpretations from which to teach.
This module will introduce students to techniques for observing and record-keeping. Students will also understand the professional concept of knowing the limitations of their experiences and interpretations.
Safety , Health, NUTRITION & HYGIENE
The health and safety of the children and the staff of the kindergarten and child care centre is the first concern of the Director and staff members. Maslow’s hierarchy provides teachers with a clear statement of the value of nutrition, shelter and safety in people’s lives.
PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Inclusive education is the current challenge for all concerned with quality education for children with special needs in Malaysia. This module will prepare students to gain adequate knowledge and skills about inclusive education and how to prepare and implement inclusive practices in their preschools to enable successful integration of children with disabilities in the Malaysian society. A holistic approach is taken to involve all the parties concerned to make inclusive education a success. Raising confidence and studying about support systems by parents and special education teacher teachers is crucial for the success of inclusion. The module will share good practices and the reality of challenges faced by inclusive schools.
Curriculum and Evaluation for Children with Special Needs
Students will be exposed to various curricular modules that are available locally and internationally. Students study the appropriateness of curricular and evaluation information and how best to use it objectively in providing quality education for children with special needs. Various curriculum models and evaluation module are exposed for analysis and selection. Adaptations of curriculum and evaluation module are taught using some guiding principles.
Programme Planning and Strategic Teaching in Regular and Special Education
The module aims to provide and give experience to students in choosing the relevant and appropriate activities for preschool children with special needs. It includes a discussion in planning activities to satisfy or fulfil individual and group work activity. Students will also be taught the web based learning. They will also be exposed how to analyze instructional environments and how to adapt instructions.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Modern societies expect that all professional persons working in service industries have a high level of interpersonal and communication skills. Special education teachers who work with children with special needs are expected to be models of such skills, demonstrating their skills in their interactions with children with special needs and parents.
There will also be a focus on using information about the latest developments in special education as vehicles for demonstrating personal and professional self-confidence and development. Students will be exposed to alternative communication systems to enable them to reach out to children with severe communication difficulties.
This module is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to further develop their understanding of and competencies in working in a practical situation with children with special needs.
This module will place emphasis in providing special education teacher opportunities to plan learning programs, to teach children with special needs in the capacity as assistants to special education teachers, to communicate with other professionals in this field and with parents.
This module will be a preparatory stage, laying the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude required of them in practicum 2. The necessary adjustment, understanding and insight into the world of children with special needs and special education teacher will be created.
This module is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to further develop their understanding of and competencies in working in a practical situation with children with special need. This module will place emphasis in providing special education teacher opportunities to plan learning programs, to teach children with special needs in their capacity as special education teachers, to communicate with other professionals in this field and with parents.
This module will be providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitude required of them when they venture into special education. The necessary adjustment, understanding and insight into the world of children with special needs and special education teacher will be created. This will enable a smooth transition when they take on the role of educators of children with special needs.
TEACHING SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
Educating Children with Learning Disability
This module provides students with an introductory knowledge to learning disabilities. It also provides substantial knowledge and skills as to how students can identify such children using simple screening instruments and to prepare or design remedial programmes to meet with the special needs of children with learning disabilities.
Educating Children with Autism
This module provides an overview of educating children with Autism in different settings and current effective approaches. Students will acquire knowledge and understanding about behaviour and intervention strategies and be able to write IFSPs and IEPs. They will be attached to centers/schools with autistic children and gain working experience in these settings.
Educating Children with Down Syndrome
This module provides students with adequate knowledge and skills in identifying and writing IFSP and IEPs for children with DS. Students will acquire adequate knowledge on the physical, educational and life chances of children with DS. They will also gain actual teaching experiences in school settings where there is inclusion of children with DS.
Educating Children with Dyslexia
The module will expose students to the different causes of dyslexia in children. They will also be exposed to the developmental stages of children with dyslexia. Students will be taught how to identify and access children who might have dyslexia. Students will also be taught the different approaches in teaching young children with dyslexia.
Educating Children with Cerebral Palsy
This module will expose students to two different types of children with special needs who are very challenging. Students will be able to study their characteristics and ehavior patterns. They will also be exposed to information on choosing appropriate adaptive aids, design and special education technology.
Educating Children with ADHD
This module will expose students to the definition and characteristics of children with ADHD. Simple screening measures and assessment procedures will also be provided for students. Effective classroom organisation and management for ADHD children together with curricular adaptations and teaching methods will also be covered.
Educating Children who are Gifted and Talented
The module provides students with knowledge and understanding about gifted children as to how to identify them and the challenges it brings for parents and the education system. The main component of the module is to provide information on content modification of subjects and related planning and management strategies for special education teachers and parents. More specifically the module will also focus on how students can use information-processing strategies and creativity. The module will include special populations that include preschool gifted children, gifted students with disabilities, culturally diverse gifted students and underachieving gifted students.
COMPULSORY MPU SUBJECT
- 3 Credits in SPM or equivalent; or
- 2 Credits in SPM and 3 years of working experience with young children; or
- 1 Credit in SPM and 5 years of working experience with young children
- 28 Months
- PTPTN Loan
- EPF Withdrawal
- Installment Payment
- Behaviorial Specialist
- Child Psychologist
- Child Life & Care Specialist
- Early Interventionists
- Guidance Specialist
- Special Needs Educator
- Shadow Aide