Students identified as having special educational needs (SEN) learn differently compared to students their age as a result of a learning difficulty or disability that hinders them from using conventional educational facilities. Due to this, they usually require extra support to progress in their learning. In the classroom, such support is usually provided by the teacher and teaching assistant.
In this course, you will learn about SEN, including its definition, origin, various types as well as the needs and challenges of students labelled as such. You will also explore concepts and topics that will help contribute to building your efficacy and confidence in the classroom either as a SEN teacher or SEN teaching assistant. These include inclusion in the classroom, learning assessment and differentiation, lesson planning, usage of assistive technology in teaching, classroom management and safety, and various teaching approaches and strategies.
The primary objectives of the SEN Teaching and SEN Teaching Assistant Course Level 3 are to: (a) increase your understanding of SEN; (b) help you know the holistic educational needs of students identified as having SEN as well as the challenges they face; (c) acquaint you with the best practices and provisions in teaching students with SEN; (d) enable you to effectively work in partnership with parents and other education professionals in meeting the needs of students with SEN; and (e) share teaching methods, strategies and other tools that will allow you to better engage with and support SEN learners.