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Level 7 (Postgraduate) Qualifications SpLD Teacher/Practitioner/Assessor

The Professional Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma courses in Dyslexia and Literacy are a unique and prestigious programme at Master’s level 7 that provides the training for qualified teachers to become informed practitioners and specialist teachers and/or assessors. The courses are modular and flexible and are undertaken part-time, through online learning.

If you do not hold a degree then please see our Undergraduate Level Qualifications SpLD Teacher/Practitioner

Who are the courses for?

The Dyslexia Action Postgraduate Level Qualifications are appropriate for:

  • A wide range of professional teachers, practitioners and specialists
  • Qualified teachers at all key stages
  • Special educational needs teachers and coordinators (SENCOs)
  • Tutors and support staff in Further and Higher Education and other adult educational settings
  • Psychologists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Occupational therapists with relevant experience

What does the programme provide?

  • Flexibility for learning in a personalised way which enables studying to be fitted around personal and professional commitments
  • Regular support from a team of specialist tutors to guide you through the postgraduate level study
  • An e-learning course which uses a virtual learning environment (VLE), currently Moodle, as the method of delivery. The programme encompasses interactive online study along with teaching and assessment
  • You will receive regular support from a team of specialist tutors to guide you through the postgraduate level study
  • A year’s free membership to The Dyslexia Guild with its associated benefits including library access

Demands of the Programme

Candidates will need to be able to balance the demands of their studies with existing work and home commitments in order to benefit from the modules and gain the qualifications on offer.
Candidates who are unable to commit to the demanding course schedule may like to consider enrolling on our Level 5 specialist teacher training CPD pathway and programme.

Discover the Programme Content

Professional Certificate in Dyslexia in Structured Teaching Intervention

This Certificate course is for those who wish to study at Master’s level to become a specialist teacher of dyslexia/SpLD and gain university credits. The course comprises three modules (A, B and C – 12 weeks/one term per module) which explore current research in dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties; the principles and practice of the psychometric assessment process and the theoretical framework that informs the effective support of learners with dyslexia and/or other literacy difficulties. All practitioners train using the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP).

Content

  • Module A – Perspectives of Dyslexia and Literacy, 20 credits
  • Module B – Principles of Assessment for Dyslexia and Literacy, 20 credits
  • Module C – Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia and Literacy, 20 credits

Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy

The Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy is only available to those individuals who already hold a Specialist SpLD Teaching Qualification such as the Dyslexia Action Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention, Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy, OCR Level 5/7 (with ATS) or other BDA accredited courses. This Certificate comprises a bridging module plus three modules (B, D and E – 12 weeks/one term per module).

Content:

  • Module B – Principles of Assessment for Dyslexia and Literacy, 20 credits
  • Module D – Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia), 20 credits
  • Module E – Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia and Literacy, 20 credits

Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy

This course follows on from the Postgraduate Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia and Literacy (which must be taken first) and comprises three modules (D, E and F – 12 weeks/one term per module) which enables the practitioner to qualify as a specialist assessor of dyslexia/SpLD.

Content:

  • Module D – Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia), 20 credits
  • Module E – Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia and Literacy, 20 credits
  • Module F – Research in Language and Learning, 20 credits

MEd Professional Practice in Dyslexia and Literacy

To gain the full MEd Professional Practice in Dyslexia and Literacy, you must complete 180 credits at level 7 (masters level). Having completed the 120 credits from Learning Phase 1, you will be ready to complete the final 60-credit module with Real Training. For more details about this, please see the MEd Professional Practice in Dyslexia and Literacy page on the Real Training website.

Entry Requirements

Professional Certificate in Dyslexia in Structured Teaching Intervention

Qualifications

  • A Degree plus QTS or A Degree plus recent and relevant professional experience

Professional experience 

  • At least two years recent and relevant experience in a dyslexia/literacy support setting
  • Excellent spoken and written English (IELTS 7 for applicants with English as a Second Language)

Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy

  • This route is only available to individuals who already hold a Specialist SpLD Teaching/Practitioner Qualification (such as the Dyslexia Action Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention) at Level 5 or Level 7.

Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy

  • Candidates should have completed Modules A, B & C or equivalent.

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Is the Programme Accredited?

The Postgraduate Level programmes delivered by Dyslexia Action Training can lead to the award of credit points, as indicated, by Middlesex University

The Dyslexia Action Professional Programme is also accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for specialist teachers and the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) for specialist Teacher Assessors. All programmes are also eligible for membership of The Dyslexia Guild.

When can I start?

We offer three start dates per year:

Entry April 2019: Apply by 3 March 2019
Entry Sept 2019: Apply by Jul 2019
Entry Jan 2020: Apply by Nov 2020

MEd Professional Practice in Dyslexia and Literacy

Start Date/Deadline for Application Date

  • 15th May 2019/15th May 2019

How much does it cost?

Fees are payable by module, one at a time, and must be paid in full before the start of the module or you will be referred to the next available date.  Fees include Student Membership of The Dyslexia Guild while the participant is actively studying on a three-module programme and for the first year of the programme only.

Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia and Literacy – £4,150+VAT

Module A = £1,250+VAT
Module B = £1,250+VAT
Module C = £1,650+VAT

Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy
A further £3,300*+VAT  (for Modules D and E) having completed the Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia and Literacy (*£4,950+VAT for Accreditation of Prior Learning candidates)

Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy
A further £4,700+VAT (for Modules D, E and F) having completed the Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention

How do I Apply?

Please ensure you download and read the information in the Downloads section before applying.

Professional Certificate in Dyslexia in Structured Teaching Intervention – download the application form
Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy – download the application form
Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy – download the application form

Once you have downloaded and completed the relevant application form please email it to pgmail@dyslexiaaction.org.uk

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