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Autism Spectrum Conditions: Application & Reflection30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineValidated by Middlesex University

You will need to pass Autism Spectrum Conditions: Skills & Knowledge before you take this one.

The knowledge that you have gained in the Skills & Knowledge module will be put into practice.

You will apply your learning in real-world situations through casework and school-based work.

We will then show you the best ways to reflect on your practice – a key element of lifelong learning.

Why take this module?

Evaluate the educational pathways of individuals with autism spectrum conditions using identification, assessment and interventions.

  • Identify and analyse the factors that have shaped each intervention.
  • Understand multi-disciplinary approaches.
  • Be able to forensically assess interventions and identify the most effective underlying psychological theories and research evidence.
  • Evaluate, implement and review strategies for identification and intervention in relation to autism spectrum conditions.
  • Develop your confidence by engaging with and commissioning from other professionals. This will enable you to improve the support in your setting.

Please note

This module is one of two complementary modules: Skills & Knowledge and Application & Reflection. They are worth 30 credits each.

You will need to complete Skills & Knowledge first if you wish to take this module. You cannot take this module on its own.

The course starts in May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

Learn on the job

Harness your day-to-day experience of autism and work with your tutor to develop your skills.

Engage with flexible e-learning

  • Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
  • Take part in a flexible module that draws on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
  • Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
  • Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.

Accrue credits towards your MEd

Attain 30 Masters-level (M-level) credits when you successfully complete this module.

Connect with your peers

  • Obtain exclusive access to Campus OnlineTM.
  • Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.

We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.

Liaise with experienced tutors

  • Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors.
  • Receive expert guidance from us throughout the module.

Our SENCOs and educational psychologists know the education sector inside out.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the module in May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

Join one of the UK’s most innovative e-learning courses

Work with our friendly team of independent professionals – committed to giving you the training that you need.

Plus, when you join, you will receive a year’s subscription to Special Children Magazine. It’s a great publication and provides professional support to the education sector.

The module content

The module is split into four strands. Each strand consists of a series of learning experiences (LEs). These learning experiences frame your study using practical activities.

Strand one: Identification, assessment and the individual pathway

  • Reflect on the purpose, scope and focus of an impact evaluation.
  • Consider others with whom you will collaborate.
  • Develop your methods/criteria for evaluating impact.
  • Oversee the selection of a pupil/pupils to receive intervention and gather pre-intervention data.
  • Oversee the delivery of the intervention.
  • Gather post -intervention data.
  • Communicate your findings.
  • Build towards your first assignment.

Strand two: Evaluating interventions – comparative analysis

  • Get to grips with the way in which theory, research and knowledge impact on assessment practice and the development of interventions.
  • Identify and critically analyse the factors that have shaped specific interventions.
  • Compare and contrast the two interventions that identify any underlying psychological theories and research evidence for effectiveness.

Strand three: Leadership, management and change within your setting

In strand two of the Skills & Knowledge module, you used some aspects of the Autism Education Trust (AET) National Autism Standards for Schools and Educational Settings framework to audit your setting. Several of the standards in the framework refer to the training of individual staff and the range of external agencies and professionals available to your setting.

In this final strand, you will reflect on the activities undertaken within these modules; the research you have undertaken; and the implications for the setting in which you work. The issues you will consider include:

  • Current levels of staff qualifications, skill and expertise in relation to autism and how these are being utilised.
  • The overall structure of screening, assessment, identification and intervention in relation to autism in your setting.
  • The management structures in place for the processes and the extent to which these structures support engagement with external agencies and professionals.
  • How your own management and leadership has developed on these modules.
  • Your research into these areas will enable you to complete your final assignment for this module:

How will you be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment is an integral part of the course.
  • Written assessment, self-assessment, supervisor assessment, questionnaires and reflective learning logs will help you to understand the principles and the practice in a supportive online environment.
  • Campus OnlineTM is a state-of-the-art learning platform and we encourage feedback. We will do everything possible to help you develop.
  • Clear, easy to understand, learning experiences will guide you every step of the way.

You will need to complete the following assignments:

  • Reflective analysis (3,000 words or equivalent): You will write a case study on identification, assessment and interventions for an individual pupil with an autism spectrum condition.
  • Practice analysis (3,000 words or equivalent): You will produce a comparative study of two interventions drawing on the theoretical perspectives and the research of effectiveness.

How is the module delivered?

  • You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding through practice – it’s the best way to learn.
  • Campus OnlineTM will support you with content that complements your learning every step of the way.
  • Study with some of the finest practitioners around and engage with outstanding content and practical activities that truly enhance your professional development.

Are you eligible?

Do you have an undergraduate degree?

You will need one to take this module.

Already working in an education setting?

You will get the most out of this module if you work in an education setting with children, young people or adults.

Or do you require access to an education setting?

You will need to get written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We will show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting.

Please note

As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

  • A one-off payment of £1,800 + VAT.
  • Three instalments of £630 + VAT.
  • £300 + VAT deposit plus nine instalments of £183.33.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

The course starts in January, May and September.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

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