The Inclusive Education minor in the ITEps program aims to prepare students to be knowledgeable about and capable of providing inclusive education. An inclusive educational environment offers all children the opportunity to learn and grow, regardless of their physical or mental abilities and their religious, racial, cultural or social background. Students will be able to participate in professional discussions on inclusive education by (1) gaining knowledge about the history of special education and inclusive education in different countries, (2) gaining experience in planning, implementing and assessing education that fosters inclusion and (3) gaining knowledge about different learning needs of children. Knowledge and experience built during this minor will give students the opportunity to develop confidence in providing suitable education to all children in a classroom. The minor will have theoretical and practical components. Students will engage in discussion and reflection, develop personal views and practical skills in order to provide and promote inclusive education in international schools.
Student teachers will:
after Module 1-4—which focus on the ITEps interpersonal, pedagogical, subject knowledge & methodological, organisational, reflection and development, and intercultural competencies —
Student teachers are able to
- understand definitions, history and politics related to inclusive education
- observe and identify children with special needs in multicultural learning environments
- select alternative forms of learning, appropriate for children with special needs in multicultural learning environments
- plan, carry out, and evaluate the teaching of children with special needs in multicultural learning environments
- design and evaluate IEPs
- identify learning potential in children with special needs
- identify the most important factors that work for and against the process of inclusion in schools and society on both a national and a global level
- facilitate the process of inclusion in multicultural learning environments
- select and carry out multiple methodologies for including more children with special needs in multicultural learning environments
- administer and evaluate tests in a multicultural learning environment with an understanding of their possibilities and limitations
- identify and observe children with reading/writing/math related problems in multicultural learning environments
- test and record reading/writing/math problems with attention to and understanding of cultural and linguistic diversity
- plan, carry out, and evaluate the teaching of children with reading/writing/math related problems in multicultural learning environments
- develop a personal vision on inclusive education
In order to fully prepare you for your Kies op Maat study at Stenden, two introduction days -together with incoming exchange students from abroad- are scheduled. During these days you will get a campus tour, meet teachers and staff, learn how to use (ICT) facilities on campus and you will be introduced to the student life.
Before commencing this minor, all participating students must be highly proficient in English, i.e. clearly use English at a CEFR level C1 and provide an IELTS, Cambridge, TOFEL or other recognized certificate. All students must ensure that Stenden University holds a police check/child safety certificate before they commence any practical teaching experience in primary schools.
Theoretical essay, written and spoken presentations, portfolio presentation.
Set literature Bryant, D.P., Bryant, B.R & Smith, D.D. (2017). Teaching students with special needs in inclusive classrooms. London: SAGE Publications. Additional literature
A wide variety of books and journals are available in the university library.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (Tuesday and Fridays are self-study days, but students must be available for weeks when excursions or guest lecturers are announced).