Overview

Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences

Course Description

 

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 registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE) - part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). It is also recognised by the Register of Educational Therapist (ASIA) [RETA].

 

The Specialist Diploma in SpLD 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 Specific Learning Differences, participants have to successfully complete six modules. Students are expected to complete 2 compulsory modules and allowed to select the other 3 elective modules based on their preferences. Students must pass all assessments for all 5 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 designed to run consecutively, and students should complete the Specialist Diploma within a year.

 

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

 

Upcoming Programme Preview

 

Sat, 6 Apr 2019, 10:00am to 11:30am. Please click here to register.

 

Intakes

 

Students can enter the course at the start of any of the first 5 modules.

 

Application Period

 

Application is always open. Applications must be submitted at least 1 month before the start of any of the first 5 modules. 

 

Teacher-Student Ratio

 

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

  

Graduation

 

To attain the Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences, the student must have obtained a pass for all module assessment(s) (Modules 1 –  6). Students have up to 3 years (from commencement of the core/first module) to complete the Specialist Diploma in SpLD.

 

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: $5,136 (inclusive of GST)

 

Course Fees (For intake starting in June 2019): $5,650 (inclusive of GST)

 

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.

 

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 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 (CPE) - part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) in Singapore as a part-time/full-time programme. This Specialist Diploma is also recognised by the Register of Educational Therapist (ASIA) [RETA].

     

    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 suppporting children with learning differences.

     

    Lecturers from the University of South Wales (UK) 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

Spec Dip Pathways web

 

Compulsory Modules  

Understanding Dyslexia
Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

Elective A Modules (Choose 2)   

Educational Psychology
Understanding Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching
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

Elective B Modules (Choose 1)
Supporting SpLD Learners in Advanced English Literacy Skills
Supporting SpLD Learners in Advanced Chinese Literacy Skills
Supporting At-risk Preschoolers in Literacy 
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 (period in brackets) 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 5:30pm (1730hrs) on the specified due date.

 

 

Modules

For the award of the Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences, students have to complete 6 modules. The Specialist Diploma is delivered on weekday evenings and/or Saturdays, twice a week with a total of 130 contact hours for the entire diploma.

 

Module Description

 

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

 

Module Timetable

 

No. Compulsory Modules Dates Time
1 Understanding Dyslexia

27 July, 3, 17, 24, 31 August 2019

9.30am - 12.30pm

2 Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching

18-22, 25 Nov 2019

9.30am – 5.30pm

 

No. Elective A - Choose 2 Modules Dates Time
1 Educational Psychology

Run 2: 26 October & 2 November 2019

Run 2: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

2 Understanding Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Run 1: 4 & 11 May 2019

Run 2: 21 & 28 September 2019

Run 1: 9.30am – 6.00pm

Run 2: 9.30am – 6.00pm

3 Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching

Run 3: 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 May 2019

Run 4: 9, 10, 11 September 2019

 

Run 3: 9.30m - 12.30pm

Run 4: (9, 10) 9.30am - 4.30pm, (11) 9.30am - 12.30pm

 

4 Dyslexia and Chinese Language Support

25, 26, 27 June 2019

(25, 26) 9.30am - 4.30pm, (27) 1.30pm - 4.30pm

5 IEP Planning for SpLD Learners

Dates for 2020 will be released soon

 

6

Supporting SpLD Learners in English language Exam Skills

Run 1: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 2019

Run 2: 11, 12, 13 September 2019

Run 1: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Run 2: (11) 1.30pm - 4.30pm, (12, 13) 9.30am - 4.30pm) 

7 Supporting SpLD Learners in FEHE

3, 4 June 2019

9.30am to 6.00pm
8 Teaching Morphology to SpLD Learners 5, 12, 19 October 2019 (5, 12) 9.30am - 4.30pm, (19) 9.30am - 12.30pm 

 

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

 6, 13, 20, 27 July 2019

(6, 13, 20) 9.30am - 4.30pm, (27) 1.30pm – 4.30pm

2 Supporting SpLD Learners in Advanced Chinese Literacy Skills

25, 26, 27, 28 November

(25, 26, 27) 9.30am - 4.30pm, (28) 9.30am - 12.30pm

3 Supporting At-risk Preschoolers in Literacy

20, 27 April, 4, 11 May 2019

 (20, 27, 4) 9.30am - 4.30pm, (11) 9.30am - 12.30pm

 

                 Practicum Module 2019 Dates Time
1 Specific Learning Differences in Practice

3 June
2 September
2 December

Specific Differences in Practice (10-hours intervention, 5 consultation hours with supervisor)

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

  

Applications can be submitted online or by mail.

 

By mail: Please mail the application and application fee (cheque payment only) to:

DAS Academy Ltd
73 Bukit Timah Road
#05-01 Rex House
Singapore 229832

 

Closing Date

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

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