PhDr. Mgr. Ilona Fialová, Ph.D.
The study is focused on creating professional, pedagogical, psychological and communication competences as a precursor to the following master's study of Teaching of Special Education for Primary and Secondary Schools.
The study is primarily focused on the creation of professional, pedagogical, psychological, communication and other competences as a prerequisite for the follow-up master study of Special Education for Primary or Secondary Schools (minor or major).
The program is implemented in the forms of full time attendance and combined studies. It is internally divided into the combination of six study fields (compulsory elective courses): Intellectual Disability combined with Speech Therapy, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Visual Impairment, and Problem Behaviour. These fields create the basis for the following master studies.
The knowledge, skills and attitudes gained during the studies are the basis for competencies needed for the profession of a teacher assistant in mainstream schools for educational and supportive work (the study program reflects the current requirements of the Act No. 563/2004 Coll., On Teaching Staff and its Amendment No. 379/2015 Coll.). These competences also give full qualification for working as an instructor in leisure centres and special facilities dealing with the issues of special education.
The structure and content of the lectures, seminars and diagnostic and intervention practice within this bachelor study program Special Education Focused on the Education reflects the current requirements of the Act No. 563/2004 Coll., On Teaching Staff and its Amendment No. 379/2015 Coll.
This study program with the title Special Education Focused on the Education is one of the study programs enabling to become a pedagogical staff, which is included in the fields of education as non-teaching pedagogy, teaching and psychology in the Government Order no. 275/2016 Coll., On the Fields of Study in Higher Education.
Through studying for the Bachelor’s degree graduates gain the necessary competences that allow them to critically apply the use of their pedagogical and psychological knowledge in practice as a teaching assistant or other educational worker (e.g. free-time instructor in youth centres or after-school clubs, in various civic associations engaged in pedagogical activities) in an appropriate manner.
The degree develops students’ analytical and comparative skills, which enable them to understand the diverse pedagogical reality and to use subject-specific, pedagogical, and psychological publications in their work for planning, implementing and reflecting on educational activities. They develop communication skills important for communication and collaboration with pupils/clients, colleagues in the workplace, with parents of pupils/clients and with practitioners. An important benefit of the degree is the development of self-reflective skills that provide space for the development of attitudes towards one another, to educated individuals and to the profession: perception of the responsibility of the teaching profession, the acceptance of the moral obligations of a helping profession and its ethics.
The studies emphasise the principle of interdisciplinarity (interconnection of some pedagogical and psychological subjects); the principle of sequence and gradation of themes and courses, from the more general to the more specific. The concept is also characterized by the interdependence of theory and practice. An important part of the concept is the reflective teaching practice. The principles of reflection on teaching practice and self-reflection are related both to practice and to other experience-oriented subjects. An important part of the concept is also the promotion of inclusion, which is perceived as a cross-curricular theme (also supported by a separate course).
The obligatory part of the bachelor's study program Special Education Focused on the Education (major) is a teaching practice for 10 credits.
The department provides students with the workplaces it has been cooperating with for a long time. The students can obtain the practice there.
The aim of the continuous practice is to show students basic diagnostic procedures used in special schools and facilities within the chosen specialization (intellectual disability and speech therapy, intellectual disability and visual impairment, intellectual disability and physical disability, intellectual disability and problem behaviour). The student writes a diary (portfolio).
The aim of the practice is to show students the workplace, staff, the composition of the given group of pupils. The student should help in the position of an assistant at the assigned workplace under the supervision of a designated worker with regard to the chosen profile.
The system of compulsory teaching practice is aimed at developing the students’ professional competences and preparing them for the full-fledged role of a teaching assistant. The aim of the teaching assistant practice is to acquire the necessary skills for individual work with a pupil outside the process of teaching (tutoring at school in the pupils’ homes) and also when working with a teacher during lessons.
The teaching practice consists of a coherent system of consecutive subjects, which are taken from the third to the fifth semester of the degree. These are the subjects teaching assistant practice - tutoring 1, teaching assistant practice - tutoring 2, consisting of individual tutoring (60 hours), teaching assistant practice - teaching assistant 1 (60 hours) and teaching assistant practice - teaching assistant 2 (60 hours) and teaching assistant practice – teaching assistant 3. Overall, there 180 hours of teaching practice. In the third and fourth semesters, the teaching practice is followed by the subjects self-experiential preparation for the profession 1 and self- experiential preparation for the profession 2, in which the students of the teaching assistant practice reflect (24 hours). Their aim is to enable students to have real experience with selected themes (see seminar topics) regarding personal and professional development through experiential learning with an emphasis on reflection; to encourage students to gradually take responsibility for their own learning process (self-directed learning); to enable students to become aware of and, if necessary, to revise their attitudes towards their future profession.
The system of teaching practice is regularly evaluated both through closed and open questions, both by students and the mentor teachers. The reflective seminars are also evaluated.
The employment of the graduates from the bachelor's study program Special Education Focused on the Education is assumed in the positions of the assistants in education, health care, and social affairs. They are here in a personal contact with children, pupils or adults with disabilities. The graduate is also ready for the communication and cooperation with parents of children and pupils, and teachers from special and regular schools.
Readiness for the Profession and the Professional Adaptability to the Conditions and Requirements of the Practice
The students should gaining the competences for the education of children/pupils with special educational needs in accordance with the Act No. 563/2004 Coll., On Teaching Staff and its Amendment No. 379/2015 Coll.
Possible Professions and Institutions after Studies
The employment of the graduates from this study program is assumed in the positions of the teacher assistants in schools for pupils with special educational needs, as teachers in kindergartens, speech therapist's assistants in kindergartens or social services facilities (if they have the specialization speech therapy and hearing impairment), tutors in special schools and school facilities for pupils wit SEN and in state administration, corporate management etc.
In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes. An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.
Study plans of this programme can also be studies in a combination with
An example of your study plan:
The graduate of the bachelor's study program Special Education Focused on the Education may (after fulfilling the entrance conditions) continue his/her studies in the master's study program Teaching of Special Education for Primary and Secondary Schools.
|Provided by||Faculty of Education|
|Type of studies|
|Standard length of studies||3 years|
|Language of instruction||Czech|