University Diploma: Inclusive Education
Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 12 credits.
Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 0 credits.
Program Learning Outcomes
As a result of completing this program, students should be able to
- demonstrate knowledge of inclusion (history, definition, laws, policies, principles of, issues, barriers, trends).
- demonstrate knowledge of special needs and exceptionalities (learner characteristics, identification, definitions, etiology, developmental consequences, interventions and prevention).
- demonstrate a knowledge and ability to adapt and make accommodations in educational environments for students with special needs (curricular, behavioural, methodological, technological).
- demonstrate knowledge of and an ability to use a variety of assessment and instructional strategies to meet the needs of special needs students across the curriculum (language, reading, spelling, written expression, and learning and study strategies).
- identify appropriate expectations for included students and develop, monitor and evaluate individual program plans (IPPs).
- collaborate with others (problem-solving, communication, team-building, role clarification).
- develop partnerships with parents of students with special needs.
- demonstrate an understanding of assessment and the ability to use informal assessment instruments effectively to develop educational plans and to evaluate programs.
- develop, institute, and monitor classroom and behaviour management plans (social skills instruction, dealing with self-concept, strategy instruction, strategies for behavioural change, cognitive behaviour management, and anger management).
- promote the social, emotional and behavioural development of students with special needs.
Possible Career Options
For Certified Teachers with a Bachelor of Education
- Special Education Teacher
- Resource Room or Learning Assistance Teacher
- Resource Facilitator
- Special Education Consultant
For Students Who Are Not Certified Teachers
- Special Needs Assistant (with teacher-assistant training)
Possible Further Education Options
At Athabasca University
- Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MAIS)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd)
- Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Distance Education Technology
- Master of Counselling (MC)
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling
- Bachelor of General Studies
At Other Educational Institutions*
- graduate studies in education or other related/unrelated disciplines
- library science
- social work
* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.
Updated August 22 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations