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Literacy Modules

EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development
EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties and Models of Intervention
EDC 9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties
EDC 7024 Research Methods (including psychometrics)
EDC 7030 Dissertation: case study option


EDC 9093 Factors Affecting Literacy Development

(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)

Start Date: September, January and May

This module will critically consider factors affecting the development of reading, spelling and writing from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Critical consideration will be given to how reading, spelling and writing are taught at both national and regional levels and the research evidence which has led to changes in pedagogy will be evaluated. Issues in the assessment of literacy difficulties using standardised assessment and informal methods will also be examined and debated as will issues in the categorisation of special educational needs. Current educational thinking and policy in relation to the dyslexia friendly/inclusive school will be examined together with the concept of the specialist teacher.

This course comprises of 10 online sessions on each of the following topics; memory, phonics, reading, spelling, motor processing, assessing literacy difficulties, specific learning difficulties, the specialist teacher, the inclusive school. The final online session provides advice on academic writing in advance of submitting the assignments. There is an online questionnaire for sessions 1-9 which assesses learning from the online sessions and the compulsory readings.

This module provides a great opportunity for participants to study remotely, at a convenient time and location. There is an additional benefit for students returning after a long absence from academic study. As the course is online you can refer back to any aspect of the course and are not reliant on notes taken in seminars. There are also online discussion forums where students can discuss issues.

This is the first of three modules which must be completed for the award of Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) from the British Dyslexia Association. This module is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association and students are required to successfully complete an online questionnaire at the end of each online session to satisfy the requirements for BDA accreditation. There are two 2500 word assignments. Both assignments must achieve a pass mark to pass the module.

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EDC 9094 Informal Assessment of Literacy Difficulties and Models of Intervention 

(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)

Start Date: September and January

This is the second of three modules which must be completed for the award of Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) from the British Dyslexia Association. Students wanting to take this module must have passed module EDC 9093.

This module seeks to engage students in a comprehensive review of current thinking in the field of dyslexia and literacy difficulties drawing on evidence from relevant research, literature and professional practice. This module provides a comprehensive review of the theory underpinning the use of informal methods in the assessment of literacy difficulties and considers the implications for professional practice.

Students will critically consider the nature of dyslexia and literacy difficulties and further develop their understanding of within-child factors and environmental barriers to learning. A range of specialist pedagogical approaches will be critically considered and participants will develop their understanding of evidence-based interventions at the individual level.

Students will be provided with the opportunity to reflect on their own professional practice throughout the module. There are 10 online presentations, readings and compulsory multiple choice questionnaires followed by 5 online seminars, held via Adobe Connect.

This module runs over one semester. There are two 2500 word assignments. Both assignments must achieve a pass mark in order to pass the module.

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EDC 9095 Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties 

(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)

Start Date: September and January

This is the third and final module which must be completed (together with a separate assessment of teaching) for the award of Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) from the British Dyslexia Association. Students wanting to take this module must have passed module EDC 9093 and EDC 9094. This module is only available to students who are also undertaking the ‘value added’ assessment for ATS or APS. There is an additional fee for this ATS/APS assessment.

This module aims to provide teachers with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of research and theory in the area of dyslexia and literacy difficulties and the implications for professional practice. Students are required to teach a child with dyslexic-type difficulties for a minimum of 20 hours over twenty weeks. Students must ensure that they will be able to undertake this one-to one teaching.

Students who undertake this module will complete a 5000 word academic assignment (for the award of the Master’s module) and will complete a Portfolio of Evidence of 20 hours of teaching (for the value added award of ATS/APS). Students must ensure that they will be able to fulfil the teaching requirements before enrolling for this module). The module runs throughout one academic year and there are 5 compulsory online seminars to attend.

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EDC 7024 Research Methods with Psychometrics 

(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)

Start Date: September and January

Any students wishing to be assessed for AMBDA must have obtained ATS/APS and must undertake this research methods course and the additional ‘value added’ psychometric assessment for AMBDA.

There is an additional fee for this assessment. There are 10 online presentations plus 5 online seminars in total. These are all held via Adobe Connect.

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EDC 7030 Case Study Dissertation with Associate membership of the British Dyslexia Association 

(A British Dyslexia Association accredited course)

Dissertation Completion Date: September and January

Students who have successfully completed EDC 9093, 9094, 9095 (or equivalent modules) and who have obtained ATS or APS, and have also successfully passed EDC 7024 and the value added psychometrics assessment, can undertake the case study dissertation and the value added assessment for AMBDA.

There is an additional fee for the AMBDA assessment.

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