see uth banner

μενού

Director of the MA programme: Vlachos Filippos, Professor

 

Postal Address

Postgraduate Studies Secretariat “Educational Sciences: Special Education”

University of Thessaly, 1st floor, Office 19

Argonafton & Filellinon St.

38221- Volos - Greece

 

Days and Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:00-13:00

Wednesday: 9:00-13:00

Thursday: 9:00-13:00

Friday: 17:30-21:00

Saturday: 9:00-13:00

Tel: 0030 24210 74756, Secretary: Ms Aslanoglou Vasiliki, e-mail: Αυτή η διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου προστατεύεται από τους αυτοματισμούς αποστολέων ανεπιθύμητων μηνυμάτων. Χρειάζεται να ενεργοποιήσετε τη JavaScript για να μπορέσετε να τη δείτε.

 

Coordination Committee

  • Didaskalou Eleni, Associate Professor
  • Karagiannidis Charalampos, Professor
  • Nikolaraizi Magdalini, Associate Professor
  • Tzivinikou Sotiria, Assistant Professor
  • Vlachos Filippos, Professor

Note: You may contact the secretary (physically or electronically) during the hours listed above.


Objectives

Nowadays, Special or inclusive education has become an indispensable sector for all European educational agendas. Schools and policy makers are working out a variety of frameworks to support and educate efficiently children with disabilitιes and special educational needs. The main aim of these efforts is to enhance academic and social inclusion by offering appropriate instruction and access to information and services. Based on relevant research and contemporary needs, a great emphasis has been put on a. early intervention programs, b. professionals’ training, and c. best practices guide for instruction, bridging the gap between research and practice.

This Postgraduate Programme aims to provide educators, psychologists and other professionals with the appropriate knowledge and skills that will enable them to address the needs of individuals with disabilities or special learning needs.

More specifically, at the end of this course the students will have enriched their knowledge in relation to the assessment and instruction of individuals with disabilities or special learning needs. The postgraduate students will be able to design, implement and evaluate educational interventions and in general support individuals with disabilities or special educational needs.

Within this framework this particular Postgraduate Programme of Studies may lead to three (3) fields:

  1. Special and Inclusive Education
  2. Learning Difficulties
  3. Language development, Language Pathology and Educational Intervention

For the time being the students can attend only one of the two following fields: a) Special and Inclusive Education, b) Learning Difficulties while the third field is not available yet.

 

Selection Process and criteria for selection/admission

Prerequisites

All candidates/applicants have to send the following documents to the Secretary of the MA Program.:

  1. Application form (with an indication of the selected field by the candidate).
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Copy of the Bachelor (with the recognition by DOATAP/DIKATSA, if this is from an international University) or proof of completion of studies (with indication of the grade level) from the Secretary.
  4. Certificates of degrees in all modules for the full years of studies.
  5. Copy of the Identity Card (ID).
  6. At least one recommendation letter.

Further documents that are not compulsory but may be taken into account are the following:

  1. Dissertations/Thesis
  2. Masters Degree
  3. Publications or abstracts published in journals and conferences
  4. Certifications of participation in seminars and research-training courses
  5. Certifications of relevant professional experience as well as certified volunteer work.
  6. Foreign language diplomas/degrees (at the level B2).

Selection Process and criteria for selection/admission

Candidates who hold a B2 certification of English knowledge or have studied abroad as well as graduates from a Department of English Language and Literature of a University in Greece or abroad (certified by DIKATSA or DOATAP) are eligible to abstain this exam. The candidates that do not hold such degrees need to take the mandatory written exam to certify their proficiency in English. This exam is organized by the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Thessaly. Candidates who fail this exam cannot take part in the rest of the selection procedure. Successful candidates are eligible to take part in the interviews.The final evaluation of each candidate is based on an assessment system based on specific criteria (e.g. Degree Grade, Publications, Professional Experience etc.                                                                      

Categories of Applicants

Graduates from Higher Education Institutions can be admitted to this MA Program. It takes place every two years.Thirty students can be accepted in each field of the Masters Program Additionally apart from these students, 5% out of the total number of students constitute students with disabilities. Also, two more students can be accepted who are funded by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation to complete postgraduate studies in Greece.

Financial requirements

The total amount of tuition fees for the academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 is 4.000 euro. Tuition fees payment takes place by equal instalments every six months. Payment should take place within three (3) weeks after the beginning of each semester and is deposited directly into the Program’s special bank account.

As soon as the Program commences, students have the right to:

  • Use the student’s ID card.
  • Borrow items from the Library of the University of Thessaly.
  • Have access to the Department’s computer room.
  • Have access to the internet and all Library electronic resources
  • Receive health care services (the same as that for the undergraduate students).

Program

To obtain the Master’s Degree the students are required to attend and succeed in the following modules. Each module has 30 modules, in total 120 ECTS credits, which also involve Teaching Practice that takes place in the 4th semester.The aim of the teaching practice is to enable postgraduate students to integrate theory and practice, and to develop and apply teaching methods for persons with special educational needs. The duration of the teaching practice is 200 hours including attendance, participation and support of persons with special needs who attend settings supervised by public agencies.

Tacjing practice may take place in:

  • Early intervention settings
  • Primary special or general educational settings.
  • Lower secondary special or general educational settings.
  • Upper secondary special or general educational settings.
  • Institutes for vocational special needs education and training.
  • Educational and Counselling Centers.

As part of the teaching practice, the students will meet regularly with a team of tutors to get feedback. By the end of the teaching practice they will be required to submit a report in order to describe the activities they were engaged during their teaching Practice.

1st Semester (Same courses for all the fields)

  • Research methodology (7,5 ECTS Credits)
  • Neuroscience & Special Education (7,5 ECTS Credits)              
  • Socio-cultural approaches to Human Development and Learning (7,5 ECTS Credits)
  • Education and Disability (7,5 ECTS Credits)

2nd Semester

A Field: Special and Inclusive Education

  • Assessment in Special Education (7,5 ECTS Credits)
  • Educational strategies for managing students' behavioral difficulties (7,5 ECTS Credits)
  • Theoretical approaches for learning disabilities’ interventions (7,5 ECTS Credits)
  • Seminars (7,5 ECTS Credits)

B Field: Learning Difficulties

  • Learning Difficulties - Definitions, Concepts, Causes, Scientific Issues (7,5 ECTS Credits)
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Learning Difficulties (7,5 ECTS Credits)
  • Effective Practices in Special - Inclusive Education (7,5 ECTS Credits)
  • Seminars (7,5 ECTS Credits)

C Field: Language development, Language Pathology and Educational Intervention

  • Structural mechanisms of language development (7,5 ECTS credits)
  • Neurobiological bases of language functions (7,5 ECTS credits)
  • Educational approaches of language intervention (7,5 ECTS credits)
  • Cognition and language development   (7,5 ECTS credits)

3rd Semester

A Field: Special and Inclusive Education

  • Strategies for social skills development (6 ECTS credits)
  • Curriculum differentiations and instructional adaptations (6 ECTS credits)
  • Collaborative practices (6 ECTS credits)
  • Statistcs or Qualitative research methods (optional) (6 ECTS credits)
  • Counselling in Special Education or ICT Applications in Special Education (Optional) (6 ECTS credits)

ICT : Information and Communication technologies

B Field: Learning Difficulties

  • Teaching methods and strategies for students with Learning Difficulties (6 ECTS credits)
  • Curricular modifications in the subject of Language for students with Learning Difficulties (6 ECTS credits)
  • Curricular modifications in Mathematics and Sciences for students with Learning Difficulties (6 ECTS credits)
  • Statistcs or Qualitative research methods (optional) (6 ECTS credits)
  • Counselling in Special Education or ICT Applications in Special Education (Optional) (6 ECTS credits)

ICT : Information and Communication technologies

C Field: Language development, Language Pathology and Educational Intervention

  • Modern teaching approaches to language (10 ECTS credits)
  • Language pathology (10 ECTS credits)
  • Educational interventions for the language development of children with mental retardation (10 ECTS credits)

 4th Semester (Same courses for all the fields)

  • Practicum (20 ECTS credits or 30 ECTS credits. Depends if the MA student submits a Thesis too or not)
  • Submit a Thesis (Optional - 10 ECTS credits)

 

 

Go to top