Inclusive and Special Educational Needs

The aim of the programme is to produce a versatile teacher who is capable of managing learners in mainstream and special educational settings.

Theory Of Education

The subject covers philosophical, sociological, psychological, curriculum and educational management issues for learners in mainstream and special educational settings.

Some of the topics covered are:-Overview of branches of Philosophy; introduction to philosophical issues in Special Needs Education; history of SNE in Zimbabwe and other countries; ethical issues in SNE; professional ethics for specialist teachers and curriculum issues

Some of the topics covered are:-An overview of the sociological issues of disability; sociological models of disability; labeling; socialization theories; alienation; self concept;pressure groups and other organizations and community based rehabilitation.

Some of the topics covered are:-Developmental psychology from prenatal to adolescence; theories of learning for children with special needs; psychological assessment; counselling of people with disabilities and their families; principles of individual instruction and brain specialization.

Accordion Content

Main Subject

The area aims at imparting theoretical knowledge about  etiologies of different disabilities with a view to plan effective interventional strategies

This subject area seeks to develop teachers who have sound knowledge and understanding of the nature and causes of hearing impairment, as well as assessment skills and intervention strategies for hearing impairment.

Some of the topics covered are:-Anatomy and physiology of the ear; causes of hearing impairment; types of hearing loss; hearing disorders and their  treatment; prevention of hearing loss; electro-acoustic equipment; auditory assessment; anatomy and physiology of speech system; speech and language development and communication approaches for Persons with hearing  impairment; Sign Language

The subject aims to develop competent teachers in assessment of various learning disabilities and appropriate intervention skills in the education of children with learning disabilities.

Some of the topics covered are:-Assessment of Learning Disabilities; educational  implications of  LD; identification of LD; intervention strategies  and prevention of LD.

The subject aims to enable students recognize, appreciate and cope with working with children with mental retardation.

Some of the topics covered are:-Types of intellectual disabilities; causes of intellectual disabilities; aspects of intellectual disabilities; measures of intelligence; behaviour; cognitive and personality Characteristics; communication with and by children with mental retardation; therapies; the role of organizations.

The subject seeks to produce competent teachers in independent living, Braille and mobility skills, orientation skills and appropriate intervention skills in the education of children with visual impairment.

Some of the topics covered are:-Anatomy and physiology of the eye; ocular disorders; blindness in children and adults; compensatory sense; low vision; services and their accessibility; technology and low vision equipment.

Professional Studies

The area equips student teachers with knowledge and skills on how to teach various subjects offered in the primary school curriculum to learners with or without special educational needs as well as how to manage these learners. It also covers specialisation areas namely Hearing Impairment, learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities and Visual Impairment

The aim of the subject is  to produce competent specialist teachers of children with hearing Impairment. It also equips students with essential skills in assessment, communication (sign language) and intervention strategies to improve the lives of children with hearing impairment.

The aim of the subject is to enable students to identify and explain characteristics of learners with learning disabilities as well as explore the various management strategies for teaching children with specific learning disabilities.

The subject aims to cultivate in the teacher the need to recognize, appreciate and cope with the effects of working with children with intellectual disabilities.

The subject aims to develop practitioners who have adequate intervention strategies for teaching children with visual impairment through braille.

Professional Studies Syllabus A

The subject area covers content offered under PSA for the General Course and General Foundations for Special Needs Education programme.

Curriculum Depth Study (Research Project)

Curriculum Depth Study (Research Project)  deals with research where students choose a topic related to their area of specialization.

Contemporary Studies Syllabus ‘D’ (PSD)

All students doing the different courses are required to  take up subjects offered under contemporary studies. The subjects on offer are as follows:

The subject area’s aim is to equip students with knowledge , life skills and attitudes that promote low risk behavior as this contributes to the reduction of the incidence of Sexually  Transmitted           Infections, HIV and AIDS and other health related problems. It further intends to equip students with appropriate teaching skills and methods.

The subject covers the following aspects:-

Fundamental facts about HIV and AIDS; diseases associated with HIV and AIDS; care management and migration; teaching; life skills; relationships; emerging issues; human growth and development; values and beliefs.

The subject aims at equipping students with computer skills that will enable them to offer instructions to primary school children and also be able to operate in a boundary-free global village.

Some of the areas covered in this subject are:-Introduction to ICT; introduction to the computer; using the computer; computer security; networking and communication; file management; word processing; using spreadsheets; using presentation packages; teaching using ICTs in the classroom; using the internet and outreach programmes

The subject aims at assisting students to able to articulate     the socio-economic dynamics underlying Zimbabwean history and also appreciate the importance of national heritage. It covers some of the following topics:-Introduction to National and Strategic Studies; colonization of Zimbabwe; struggle for independence; developments in post-independence; international relations; civic education; entrepreneurship; conflict; law and  culture conflict

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