POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION: AUTISM STUDIES

Entry Year
2024/2025
Entry requirements
2:2 (Hons) degree
Duration
1 year (Part-time - Online)
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This Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Studies is offered by Stranmillis University College and delivered in partnership with Middletown Centre for Autism. This is a one-year course for educational professionals and consists of three modules, each worth 20 CAT Points. The Middletown Centre for Autism is a cross-border organisation established by Department of Education and Skills (Ireland) and the Department of Education (Northern Ireland) to support the promotion of excellence throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland in the education of children and young people with autism. The autism-specific modules are delivered by a specialist team including staff from Stranmillis and Middletown, plus teachers with hands on experience of key school-based roles for example: SENCO's, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. All will deliver lectures on related topics of use in an educational setting. Please note this course is taught fully online. Please note this course does not give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

How will I study?

Depending on the modules selected, teaching and learning is delivered through a blended approach of lectures, virtual learning activities, reflective, self-directed study. This course is fully online and no attendance on campus is required.

Contact time

This course is taught through blended learning. The live online module sessions are on Saturdays or Tuesdays currently. Please note these days are subject to change but full timetable is given on enrolment.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of internationally recognised, research-led and experienced practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework.

Entitlement

Students who have accumulated 60 CAT points may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate. There is an option for students to continue studies and accumulate 120 or 180 CAT points, and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in other pathways.  Please note this course does not give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Download the Postgraduate Certificate in Autism flyer here for more information.

For course enquiries please contact Masters@stran.ac.uk

Click below to find out more about the course from current student Carrie.

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EDC7063 – TEACHING AND LEARNING IN AUTISM (20 CATS)

OCTOBER 2024

The module examines the distinct thinking styles in autism and provides strategies for addressing the learning needs of students with autism. This includes models of cognitive processing and their impact on the student’s experience of the world; strategies of formal and informal assessment of cognitive processing; and the use of assessment to individualise educational planning. Students will be provided with strategies to address differences in learning and help students with autism engage with the curriculum in a meaningful way. All teaching and learning strategies will be delivered with a practical focus and within the context of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

EDC7064 – SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT IN AUTISM (20 CATS)

NOVEMBER 2024

The module explores the components of an ‘autism competent environment’ and how these can be implemented and promoted from the classroom, to the school and to the whole school community. This includes strategies for classroom management, tailoring the environment and the best use of resources to promote engagement with the curriculum. Working on relationships and fostering communication between all school staff and positive communication with parents, family members and external agencies will also be explored as well as building whole-school strategies for the development of a positive and inclusive school culture. All strategies explored will be based on research and will provide students with practical strategies and examples on the education of students with autism.

EDC7065 – SENSORY, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING (20 CATS)

JANUARY 2025

The module examines and extends understanding of how sensory and emotional differences impact on students with autism and explores how the autistic student experiences the classroom and school environment. The sensory elements of the module address the neurological base of sensory difficulties in autism and explore individual sensory systems and how they are affected by autism. The module looks at practical strategies to address sensory issues within the classroom and the school environment, and how teachers can use sensory strategies to promote access to the curriculum. The module also looks at anxiety management within the school and classroom environment; common triggers and anxiety escalation for students with autism and proactive anxiety and emotional regulation strategies to prevent escalation of anxiety and promote emotional wellbeing.

All modules above are 20 CAT points.

All Modules are taught online.

Current student Carrie chats more about the course:

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Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline, and preferably a professional teaching qualification. Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

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How to Apply

Application for admission to all Masters Programmes should be made by downloading the application form and reference form (see ‘Apply Now’ link above) and returning the completed forms by email only to masters@stran.ac.uk

This course is now closed for applications for 23/24 year.   The next intake for this programme is for a October 2024 start.The closing date for applications is Friday 6th September 2024.

Tuition Fees

2023 - 24 Tuition Fees
MEd / MA ECS / MTeach
CAT pointsNI / ROIGBEU Other*International
Rate per module30£1,164£1,394£3,184£3,184
Dissertation module60£2,328£2,788£6,368£6,368
Full-time Course180£6,980£8,360£19,100£19,100

Fee information for 24/24 will follow in due course.

*EU Other – Students from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland), other EEA and Swiss Nationals and their family members.

The fees for a 20 CATS module are pro-rata to the fees for a 30 CATS module (see table above).

The Postgraduate Certificate is 60 CATS.

Tuition Fee loans are available for Postgraduate Study via Student Finance NI.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Course image

This Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Studies is offered by Stranmillis University College and delivered in partnership with Middletown Centre for Autism. This is a one-year course for educational professionals and consists of three modules, each worth 20 CAT Points. The Middletown Centre for Autism is a cross-border organisation established by Department of Education and Skills (Ireland) and the Department of Education (Northern Ireland) to support the promotion of excellence throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland in the education of children and young people with autism. The autism-specific modules are delivered by a specialist team including staff from Stranmillis and Middletown, plus teachers with hands on experience of key school-based roles for example: SENCO's, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. All will deliver lectures on related topics of use in an educational setting. Please note this course is taught fully online. Please note this course does not give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

How will I study?

Depending on the modules selected, teaching and learning is delivered through a blended approach of lectures, virtual learning activities, reflective, self-directed study. This course is fully online and no attendance on campus is required.

Contact time

This course is taught through blended learning. The live online module sessions are on Saturdays or Tuesdays currently. Please note these days are subject to change but full timetable is given on enrolment.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of internationally recognised, research-led and experienced practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework.

Entitlement

Students who have accumulated 60 CAT points may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate. There is an option for students to continue studies and accumulate 120 or 180 CAT points, and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in other pathways.  Please note this course does not give you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Download the Postgraduate Certificate in Autism flyer here for more information.

For course enquiries please contact Masters@stran.ac.uk

Click below to find out more about the course from current student Carrie.

Course image

EDC7063 – TEACHING AND LEARNING IN AUTISM (20 CATS)

OCTOBER 2024

The module examines the distinct thinking styles in autism and provides strategies for addressing the learning needs of students with autism. This includes models of cognitive processing and their impact on the student’s experience of the world; strategies of formal and informal assessment of cognitive processing; and the use of assessment to individualise educational planning. Students will be provided with strategies to address differences in learning and help students with autism engage with the curriculum in a meaningful way. All teaching and learning strategies will be delivered with a practical focus and within the context of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

EDC7064 – SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT IN AUTISM (20 CATS)

NOVEMBER 2024

The module explores the components of an ‘autism competent environment’ and how these can be implemented and promoted from the classroom, to the school and to the whole school community. This includes strategies for classroom management, tailoring the environment and the best use of resources to promote engagement with the curriculum. Working on relationships and fostering communication between all school staff and positive communication with parents, family members and external agencies will also be explored as well as building whole-school strategies for the development of a positive and inclusive school culture. All strategies explored will be based on research and will provide students with practical strategies and examples on the education of students with autism.

EDC7065 – SENSORY, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING (20 CATS)

JANUARY 2025

The module examines and extends understanding of how sensory and emotional differences impact on students with autism and explores how the autistic student experiences the classroom and school environment. The sensory elements of the module address the neurological base of sensory difficulties in autism and explore individual sensory systems and how they are affected by autism. The module looks at practical strategies to address sensory issues within the classroom and the school environment, and how teachers can use sensory strategies to promote access to the curriculum. The module also looks at anxiety management within the school and classroom environment; common triggers and anxiety escalation for students with autism and proactive anxiety and emotional regulation strategies to prevent escalation of anxiety and promote emotional wellbeing.

All modules above are 20 CAT points.

All Modules are taught online.

Current student Carrie chats more about the course:

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Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline, and preferably a professional teaching qualification. Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

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How to Apply

Application for admission to all Masters Programmes should be made by downloading the application form and reference form (see ‘Apply Now’ link above) and returning the completed forms by email only to masters@stran.ac.uk

This course is now closed for applications for 23/24 year.   The next intake for this programme is for a October 2024 start.The closing date for applications is Friday 6th September 2024.

Tuition Fees

2023 - 24 Tuition Fees
MEd / MA ECS / MTeach
CAT pointsNI / ROIGBEU Other*International
Rate per module30£1,164£1,394£3,184£3,184
Dissertation module60£2,328£2,788£6,368£6,368
Full-time Course180£6,980£8,360£19,100£19,100

Fee information for 24/24 will follow in due course.

*EU Other – Students from the EU (excluding Republic of Ireland), other EEA and Swiss Nationals and their family members.

The fees for a 20 CATS module are pro-rata to the fees for a 30 CATS module (see table above).

The Postgraduate Certificate is 60 CATS.

Tuition Fee loans are available for Postgraduate Study via Student Finance NI.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

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