Level 2 Special Education Needs (SEN) Diploma

Level 2 Special Education Needs (SEN) Diploma
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If you’ve decided you’d like to pursue a new career working with people with special education needs, this online course is the ideal gateway to your exciting and fulfilling new vocation. As you’ll discover as you progress through the SEN Diploma, gaining the skills to help individuals with specific needs overcome obstacles to achieve goals and learn new skills is an incredibly rewarding way to earn a living.

Is the Course for Me?

If you’re a caring, committed individual who’d like to turn your talents to enriching the lives of people with special educational needs, then yes! Each of the 22 modules is designed not just to give you a great insight into the Special Educational Needs industry, but to equip you with the tools you will need to teach in an area that can be as challenging as it is fulfilling. Not only will you learn about the different approaches needed for different physical and mental disabilities, you will also learn how to effectively and compassionately deal with the various issues that may arise when working with potentially vulnerable people.

How Will I Learn?

The fifteen hours of course content can be assessed on all your devices at a time and place that suits you, making it an ideal way to study around existing work and family commitments. The modules are accessible and engaging, meaning you can easily build on your learning in bite size chunks. Crucially, the modules are designed to instil relevant codes of practice into your learning as well as the background knowledge and teaching skills you will need to work with people with special educational needs.

Key Learning Points

The SEN diploma is the perfect place to start transforming your own career as you work towards the important goal of transforming the lives of others.

  • After covering a comprehensive introduction, move on to finding out about the history and evolution of SEN.
  • Discover constructivist theories of learning and how they are used in the SEN classroom.
  • Find out about the SEN code of practice and how it is applied.
  • Understand the role of SENCOs in schools.
  • Learn about different types of needs including how a specific learning difficulty differs from a severe learning difficulty and how different physical needs can be supported.
  • Get to grips with dealing with time management and different behavioural challenges.
  • Learn about sensory impairments and physical disabilities.
  • Understand the concept of cognitive development and learn to address difficulties in cognition and learning.
  • Learn about speech, language and common communication issues.
  • Find out more about specific learning difficulties including autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.
  • Get an insight into psychological perspectives on behaviour.
  • Find out about understanding and managing anger.
  • Learn about teaching approaches and strategies, educational outcomes and every teacher’s responsibilities.

Advantages of the Course

  • Quickly pick up the skillset and confidence you require to set out on this exciting new career journey where you can make a real difference to people’s lives.
  • Once you sign up, you have 12 months access to your essential new skillset.
  • As well as your new expertise, benefit from an increased understanding and empathy when interacting with individuals with special educational needs.
  • Be confident you are well-versed in the latest codes of practice essential when working in the SEN industry.
  • Test your knowledge at the end of the course with a 30-question multiple choice test that you can take again if you don’t achieve the 70% pass mark first time.
  • On successful completion of the course, download your SEN Diploma certificate to show to potential employers.
  • Benefit from technical support as you progress through the course.

Sign up to the SEN Diploma today to start your journey towards a flexible and fulfilling new career where no two days will ever be the same.

This course is CPD certified.

Introduction to Special Education Needs
  • To understand what Special Education Needs are and entail
  • To know the demographic and who will have special education needs
  • To understand the brief introduction of the most common learning disabilities that you may face in the workplace
  • To know and understand the most desirable characteristics for a person who works in this field and with these needs
The History and Evolution of SEN
  • To learn and understand the legal definition of special education needs
  • To learn and understand the legal definition of disability
  • To learn how SEN education has evolved since the 19th century
  • To learn about the importance of the inclusion-exclusion debate
Constructivist Theories of Learning
  • To understand the theory of constructivism and how it can be applied in the classroom
  • To know the role of the teacher and the role of the student within a constructivist classroom
  • To understand the theory of social constructivism and know how it can be applied within a classroom
  • To be able to compare and contrast constructivism with social constructivism
SEN Code of Practice
  • To learn what the SEN Code of Practice is
  • To understand who the SEN Code of Practice applies to
  • To learn about the key points of the SEN Code of Practice
  • To understand ways to implement the SEN Code of Practice
SENCO Support for SEN Students
  • To understand who the SENCO is and what their role entails in a school setting
  • To know what School Action and School Action Plus initiatives entail
  • To be able to identify the steps required in making a plan to meet the pupil's educational needs
  • To know the definitions of leadership and inclusion, and be able to apply each of these qualities in a school setting
The Different Types of Needs
  • To be able to define autism, and know the ways that you can accommodate its needs
  • To understand what a severe learning difficulty is, and how its needs can be accommodates
  • To know how a specific learning difficulty differs from a severe learning difficulty, and understand how it can be accommodated in the classroom
  • To be able to identify the different types of physical difficulty, and how each can be accommodated in the classroom and school environment
Behaviours: Reasons and Restorative Practices
  • How to manage your time at work efficiently
  • To have the ability to identify the different factors that can affect a student's emotional behaviours
  • To understand the consequences of bad behaviour and be able to identify their underlying elements
  • To know the recommended methods for teaching social skills, and how they can be applied in the classroom
Understanding Sensory Impairments and Physical Disabilities
  • To learn about different physical disabilities
  • To learn about different sensory impairments
  • To learn when these impairments and disabilities can be identified
  • To understand how educators can support disabilities and impairments
Understanding and Addressing Difficulties in Cognition and Learning
  • To be able to identify the things that cognition is responsible for in our daily lives
  • To understand the concept of cognitive development and have a basic understanding of the stages introduced in this module
  • To be able to apply your knowledge of cognition to the special education needs environment, and associate the relationship between the two
  • To know the different types of cognitive disabilities, and how you can accommodate them in the classroom
Speech, Language, and Common Communication Issues
  • To learn what speech, language, and communication are
  • To learn about different needs and difficulties in speech, language and communication
  • To learn how to support the needs of pupils with difficulties in communication
  • To learn how to foster clear communication in the classroom as a whole
Learning Difficulties: Autism
  • To be able to define autism for what it is and how it is experienced by individuals who have it
  • To know the difficulties that can be experienced by autistic people, as well as the common characteristics that are exhibited
  • To understand the diagnosis process for autism
  • To understand what the main causes for behaviours in autistic individuals are, as well as the best ways to deal with difficult behaviour
Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia
  • To learn what dyslexia is
  • To understand some of the primary difficulties dyslexic learners face
  • To learn different methods for supporting learners in literacy
  • To learn different methods for support learners in numeracy
Learning Difficulties: Dyspraxia
  • To understand what dyspraxia is and know the areas of life that it can affect for an individual
  • To know how dyspraxia is diagnosed
  • To be able to identify the signs and symptoms of the condition
  • To understand how the condition affects an individual's brain
Learning Difficulties: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • To learn what ADHD is
  • To learn causes and treatments for ADHD
  • To learn about the identification of pupils with ADHD
  • To learn about ways to support pupils with ADHD in the classroom
The Importance of SEN Knowledge
  • To learn what ADHD is
  • To learn causes and treatments for ADHD
  • To learn about the identification of pupils with ADHD
  • To learn about ways to support pupils with ADHD in the classroom
Specific Learning Difficulties
  • To be able to define what a specific learning difficulty is
  • To compare and contrast dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, and be able to understand what each of the disorders implies
  • To understand the limitations of dyspraxia and the different diagnoses
  • To know the characteristics of Asperger's syndrome, how it differentiates from autism, and the difficulties experienced from this disorder
Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour
  • To learn what the psychological perspectives on behaviour are
  • To learn the differences and similarities between the perspectives
  • To understand how to apply the perspectives in the classroom
  • To understand how different intervention methods apply to specific perspectives
Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour
  • Understanding and Managing Anger
  • To be able to define anger, and understand its causes and ways of expression
  • To know how anger can be a prominent characteristic in special education needs settings, and the approach you should have towards it
  • To understand the different methods of anger management, and know the appropriate situations to use each given method
Teaching Approaches and Strategies
  • To learn approaches and strategies for communication and interaction
  • To learn approaches and strategies for cognition and learning
  • To learn approaches and strategies for behaviour, emotional and social difficulties
  • To learn approaches and strategies for physical and sensory disabilities
Educational Outcomes
  • To understand the definition of an educational outcome and what it means in terms of a student's learning capacity
  • To know how to assess a limitation and evaluate an educational environment in order to predict the educational outcome of a student
  • To be able to relate the dimensions of wellbeing to educational outcomes, and understand how these dimensions can affect such outcomes both positively and negatively
  • To know the different ways to target these dimensions in order to facilitate an improvement upon them
Every Teacher’s Responsibility
  • To learn about the different responsibilities a teacher has at school
  • To understand what role teachers play in different areas of the school
  • To understand the importance of the SENCO role
  • To learn about the management of resources and finances
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
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