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Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)

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Course Description

 

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Discover an exciting learning journey with the DAS Academy and join us in our mission to make a difference in the lives of people with specific learning differences.

 

This Specialist Diploma is designed by the DAS Academy and is pending registration with the Committee for Private Education. It is also recognised by the Register of Educational Therapist (ASIA).

 

The Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for Specific Learning Differences is a full-time/part-time programme and can be completed in a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 36 months. For the award of the Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for Specific Learning Differences, participants have to successfully complete seven modules. Students are expected to complete 2 compulsory modules and allowed to select the other 4 elective modules based on their preferences. Students must pass all assessments for all 6 taught modules, in order to proceed with the practicum module to complete the Specialist Diploma. In other words, all assignments are submitted as required under the Specialist Diploma. Modules are stackable and designed to run consecutively, and students should complete the Specialist Diploma within a year.

 

Students are allowed to apply for the intermission of studies, should the need arises, and continue taking the module in the following run within the maximum term of 3 years.

 

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Course Delivery

DAS Academy will be delivering the course with dual-mode of learning; face-to-face or online via live-stream on Zoom. Please indicate your preferred mode of learning in the registration form. Please note that you will not be allowed to change your preference once the registration is completed.

 

Upcoming Programme Preview

26 June 2021, Saturday. Click here to sign up

 

Intakes

January 2021
February 2021
March 2021
April 2021
May 2021
June 2021

 

Application Period

Please see dates on the modules tab.

 

Teacher-Student Ratio

This programme has a student-teacher ratio of 1:35.

  

Graduation

To attain the Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for SpLD, the student must have obtained a pass for all module assessment(s) (Modules 1 –  7). Students have up to 3 years (from the commencement of the core/first module) to complete the Specialist Diploma.

 

More Information

Information about the Specialist Diploma such as Module Information, Time Table and Entry Criteria can be viewed by clicking the tabs above.

 

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Fees

 

Course Fees: $5,900 (inclusive of GST)

*The Credit Card Instalment Payment Plan (IPP) is applicable for OCBC Visa/Mastercard.

  • The eligible cardholder may choose to pay in Monthly Instalments over 6 and 12 months.
  • A minimum amount of $500.00 for each transaction.
  • The IPP is interest-free to cardholders.

 Updated 1 Apr 2021

Non-refundable Application Fee: $32.10 (inclusive of GST)

 

Late Payment Fee: $32.10 (inclusive of GST)

 

Accreditation of Prior Learning - Non-refundable APL processing fee: $53.50.

 

Payment Course Fees

Applicants will be notified to make payment of course fee in two installments, once their applications have been accepted.

 

If you have previously undertaken any of the modules as certificate courses that make up the Specialist Diploma (e.g. Certificate in Dyslexia & Literacy Teaching) or its equivalent within the last three years, you may be exempted from part of the Specialist Diploma via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). This will prevent you from duplicating the study which has been previously completed.

  • EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM

    This Specialist Diploma has been designed by the DAS Academy and is registered with the Committee for Private Education - part of SkillsFuture Singapore in Singapore as a part-time/full-time programme. This Specialist Diploma is also recognised by the Register of Educational Therapist (ASIA).

     

    Discover an exciting learning journey with the DAS Academy and join us in our mission to make a difference in the lives of people with specific learning differences.

  • EXPERIENCED LECTURERS

    With more than 10 years of practical experience each, DAS Academy lecturers share their experiences in supporting children with learning differences.

     

    Lecturers from the University of South Wales, United Kingdom will also visit during term-time for each module, ensuring that students receive a balanced view of their syllabus from both local and international perspectives.

  • INTERACTIVE & COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

    Lesson formats engages students by having lively discussions and outside perspectives by guest lecturers will make for an enriching classroom experience for everyone.

     

    The Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences programme utilises a variety of classroom styles to provide the best learning environment for our students. These styles include: lecture-style teaching, group discussions, sharing sessions as well as invited guest lecturers who will share about their experiences in supporting individuals with special educational needs.

     

    At the end of the taught lectures, students are expected to engage in independent study and to initiate contact with their lecturers to maintain the momentum of learning.

Programme Structure

 

Compulsory Modules  

Understanding Dyslexia (4 hours self-paced e-learning)

Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching (42 hours)
Elective A Modules (Choose three 15-hour modules)   
Educational Psychology
Understanding Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Supporting SpLD Learners in Mathematics
Dyslexia and Chinese Language Support
IEP Planning for SpLD Learners

Supporting SpLD Learners in English Language Exam Skills

Supporting SpLD Learners in FEHE
Teaching Morphology to SpLD Learners
Supporting SpLD Learners in Executive Function Skills
Elective B Modules (Choose one 21-hour module)
Supporting SpLD Learners in Advanced English Literacy Skills
Supporting SpLD Learners in Advanced Chinese Literacy Skills
Supporting At-risk Preschoolers in Literacy
Supporting SpLD Learners in Higher-Order Mathematical Skills
Practicum Module  
Specific Differences in Practice (10-hours intervention, 5 consultation hours with supervisor)

 

Assessments

 

All module assessments are compulsory. Some of the assessments are undertaken during the lecturing time frame while others require students to submit at a stipulated time.

 

Potential deadlines for certain assessments are listed in the table above. These periods, however, are subject to changes.

 

All assessments (where applicable) are to be submitted to student.services@dasacademy.edu.sg, except for physical portfolios which are to be submitted in person at the DAS Academy (Rex House). All assessments are due by 5:30 pm (1730hrs) on the specified due date.

 

Modules

For the award of the Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences, students have to complete 6 modular courses and a practicum. The Specialist Diploma is delivered on weekday evenings and/or Saturdays, with a total of 127 contact hours for the entire diploma.

 

Module Description

 

Please click on the titles to learn more about the modules.

 

Module Timetable

 

No. Compulsory Modules 2021 Runs Dates
1 Understanding Dyslexia 1st of every month View here
 2 Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

January
March
September
November

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No. Elective A - Choose 3 Modules 2021 Runs Dates
1 Educational Psychology

February
October

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2 Understanding Speech, Language and Communication Needs

May
October

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3 Supporting SpLD Learners in Mathematics
- f.k.a Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching

January
June
October

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4 Dyslexia and Chinese Language Support

February
June

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5 IEP Planning for SpLD Learners

March

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6

Supporting SpLD Learners in English Language Exam Skills

April
August

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7 Supporting SpLD Learners in FEHE

January
May

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8 Teaching Morphology to SpLD Learners

February
October

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No. Elective B - Choose 1 Module 2021 Runs Time
1 Supporting SpLD Learners in Advanced English Literacy Skills

January
July

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2 Supporting SpLD Learners in Advanced Chinese Literacy Skills

March
November

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3 Supporting At-risk Preschoolers in Literacy

April
November

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4 Supporting SpLD Learners in Higher-Order Mathematical Skills April
September
View here

  

No. Practicum Module 2021 Runs Dates
1 Specific Learning Differences in Practice

January
February

March
April
May
June

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. How is the Teaching Practicum module conducted?


Students are required to teach a learner who may be at risk of literacy difficulties for 10 lessons, each lesson should be a duration of 1 hour. The learner will have to be sourced from students’ own contacts. A mentor will be assigned to you for a duration of 5 hours, which will run concurrently with the teaching practicum.

 

Q. I have completed all the compulsory modules and four other modules via the Certificate Courses route. How do I make the conversion for the Specialist Diploma?


You should have achieved a Certificate of Achievement for 6 completed modules. The application fee of $32.10 and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) of $53.50 will be required for conversion.

Please contact our Student Services at 6336 2555 for the cost of the Practicum Module. Please note that the Practicum module must be completed no later than 3 years from the completion date of your first Certificate Course. 

 

Q. I have not completed all the required certificate courses. Can I still apply to convert to the Specialist Diploma?


Yes, you can indicate your interest to make the conversion here. Our Student Services Associate will get in touch with you on how to proceed.

 

Q. When is the closing date of application?


Application closes two weeks before the commencement of the course. Commencement of the Specialist Diploma will be upon successful signing of the student contract.

Entry Requirement

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Academic Level: Minimum 5 GCE ‘O’ level passes, or equivalent

Language Proficiency: GCE ‘O’ Level pass in English Language as the 1st Language, or equivalent

 

Documents to be included in your application:

  • Copy of NRIC (Front & Back)
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Copy of O Levels Certificate or equivalent
  • A personal statement (500 - 1000 words) should introduce your background; explain your rationale for taking up this programme and the significance of this programme for your personal and/or professional development.
  • 2 Character References (the character reference is a recommendation or a personal reference provided by someone who knows you and can attest to your character and abilities. Character referees should not be immediate family members. Testimonials should be about 250 words and should support your application for the course)
  • Relevant Academic / Professional Qualifications (if applying via the Alternative Entry)
  • Copies of DAS Academy Certificates and Transcripts (if applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning)

 

Applicants who do not meet the above requirement may opt for an alternative entry. Applicants are to successfully pass the 2 core modules as standalone certificates before applying for APL to convert it to Specialist Diploma.

 

For updated information on the closing date, please contact DAS Academy.

For more details, please contact the DAS Academy at info@dasacademy.edu.sg.

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