Information | 29.11.2017 | By paul_simpson

Post-qualification training opportunities for Teachers of the Deaf

This page gives information about courses which are available for the further training and development of Teachers of the Deaf once they have gained the mandatory qualification.

Any questions should be addressed to the university in question.

The University of Birmingham

MEd Special Education: Education of learners with Hearing Impairment (Distance Education)

The University of Birmingham offers the opportunity to continue your studies and obtain an MEd Special Education: Education of learners with Hearing Impairment (Distance Education). During the last term of your PGDip: Special Education: Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment (Distance Education) or just after obtaining the qualified teacher of the deaf status you can apply for the MEd.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of deaf education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with hearing impaired children and young people. These include: specialist teachers, educational audiologists, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists, youth workers, social workers, counsellors and BSL interpreters.

Further opportunities across SEN and Inclusion

We also offer a number of other programmes across a range of SEN and Inclusion that may be relevant to your needs.

The University of Edinburgh – Moray House School of Education

Eligible to UK/EU and International students. Covers UK/EU fees plus stipend.

University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education is delighted to be able to offer a Scholarship to PhD Education applicants commencing 15 January 2019 for this significant 6-year research project funded by the National Deaf Children’s Society.

PhD Studentship linked to the Scottish Sensory Centre, 6 years part-time.

More information is available here:

The University of Leeds

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Deaf Education

The University of Leeds also offers the opportunity to undertake further study in the field of deaf education either through a Ph.D. or an Ed.D.

For further information regarding the Ph.D.and Ed.D programmes visit this page of the University website.

If you would like to discuss a possible application please email Professor Ruth Swanwick, Professor in Deaf Education or Dr Jackie Salter, Associate Professor in Inclusive (SEND) and Deaf education.


The University of Manchester

MSc Deaf Education

QToDs who gained the PgDip at Manchester are able to return and complete the 60 credit dissertation to gain a full MSc in Deaf Education.

At Manchester we believe in evidence-based practice in the field and to demonstrate our commitment to this we now have an annual Manchester Centenary Bursary Award to support MSc completion (

Please email us for further information.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Working towards a PhD in the field of deaf education gives you the opportunity to grow your skills as a researcher and add value to the field in your specific area of expertise.

If you would like to discuss doing a PhD with us, please email Dr Helen Chilton;

Supporting your work with early years / enhancing your audiological knowledge (short CPD course)

CPD modules within our Advanced Audiology (Paediatric Pathway) programme are appropriate for QToDs looking to enhance their work with children in the early years or excel in audiological management.  All modules can be studied as discrete CPD units or learners can build credits up to graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). The modules available are:

Effective amplification (30 credits)

This distance learning CPD course in Effective Amplification for Infants and Children enables QToDs to learn more about managing amplification in babies and deaf children. Learners will understand more about how aids are fitted to infants, verification measures, evaluation methods in the clinic and real world, acoustics of speech, radio hearing aid systems, multidisciplinary and multi-agency approaches to effective amplification.  There is also a focus on managing challenges presented by some audiograms/circumstances and the management of hearing aid reviews.

Children with Complex Needs and Hearing Loss (15 credits)

This module explores audiological care and considerations for children with additional complex factors including intellectual and physical disabilities.  It explores behavioural and logistical factors that influence the outcomes of hearing assessment and rehabilitative approaches. The learner is given the opportunity to reflect on the application of different approaches and their own professional experiences.

Paediatric Tinnitus (15 credits)

This module is an opportunity to investigate theoretical and practical aspects of paediatric tinnitus.  Techniques to assess tinnitus in children and a range of management options are explored.

Developing Deaf Child (15 credits)

This module enables QToDs to update their knowledge on the latest research and practice developments pertaining to deaf children’s development.  It covers aspects of learning and cognition (including executive function and Theory of Mind), working with families and working with children with additional and complex needs.

Language Acquisition (15 credits)

This module enables QToDs to update their knowledge on the latest research and practice developments pertaining to how deaf children acquire language.  It considers the latest knowledge and thinking surrounding language development post early identification and the latest evidence on what needs to be in place for deaf children.

To view our CPD units online go to:

If you would like to discuss any of our CPD modules or are considering returning to us to complete your MSc please email:

Dr Helen Chilton;  and Lindsey Jones;

Mary Hare Courses in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire

MSC/PGDIP in Deaf Education Studies (Educational Audiology)

This course, unique in the UK, trains students to become Educational Audiologists. It provides opportunity for the development of knowledge and critical reflection on the scientific principles and research underlying audiological practice and habilitation of children and young people who are deaf. Students will be encouraged to develop and relate evidence-based practice to their own professional experience. Practical workshops, and work-based placements are used to support the acquisition of practical and professional skills. Teaching and learning experiences include lectures and demonstrations, tutor and student-led seminars and discussion groups.

All MSc/PGDip students undertake a minimum of 120 hours work-based experience in a combination of NHS Audiology Clinics, and Education-based Audiology roles, supervised by well-qualified and experienced practitioners. Practice in the workplace is based on consolidation and evaluation of skills (by both the student and their workplace mentor) which forms part of the student’s Clinical and School Audiology Placement (CASAP). Students provide on-going critical reflection related to their skills practice and learning needs.

Practical skills training includes: pure tone audiometry, impression-taking for over 5 year olds (BSA certificate), radio aid balancing, hearing aid programming, room acoustics measurement and test box measurements.

The course is blended learning with residential study weekends (five in year 1 and 4 in year 2)  and distance learning in between. The PGDip has an intake every two years, with the next being Sept 2020. Stand-alone modules are on offer as CPD for those not intending to complete an MSc/PGDip.

 Year 1 (academic year 2020-21):

Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear 15 credits

Speech Acoustics 15 credits

Clinical Audiology 15 credits

Educational Audiology in Context 15 credits

 Year 2 (academic year 2019-20):

Developing Communication – Listening, language and speech 15 credits

Psycho-acoustics 15 credits

Whole Case Management 15 credits

Family Friendly and Multi-Agency Working 15 credits

Year 3 (for MSc): Research Methods  and Dissertation 60 credits

PG CERT in Deaf Education Studies (Early Years)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Deaf Education Studies (Early Years) has been withdrawn from the course offer from August 2020.

Teacher  of the Deaf and Educational Audiology courses are currently recruiting.  See attached letter for further details including  alternative  options for training.

Auditory Verbal UK

Auditory Verbal Therapy Part 1 training – Working Through Audition

This RCSLT approved course comprises six full days of practical training over six months with video and written assignments between training days. It is designed for SLTs, ToDs and audiologists who want to become more auditory in their approach when working with hearing-impaired children and for those who wish to qualify as LSLS CertAVT®s. This training is accredited by the AG Bell Academy (the governing body for LSLS CertAVT®s globally).

Follow this link for more information.

Auditory Verbal Therapy Part 2 training – AV Principles in Everyday Practice

Open to professionals who have successfully completed Part 1 of our Training Package and want to become Certified Auditory Verbal Therapists, this training is limited to three delegates per group and has been developed to meet the eligibility criteria set by the AG Bell Academy to sit the LSLS CertAVT® examination. Over a period of 2½ years of small group tuition and individual mentoring, participants will hone their practical therapy skills and theoretical knowledge.

Follow this link for more information.

Signature level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning with Specialism for Deaf Learners at the City of Oxford college

Audience: This qualification is listed as appropriate for learners 19+. The course is suitable for those who work, or wish to work in education, supporting learners with a hearing impairment. Specialist Teaching Assistants (TAs) working with children with a hearing impairment and Communication Support Workers (CSWs) work as part of a multi-agency team alongside other professionals including teachers, teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists and paediatric audiologists. To be a CSW you will need to have additional sign language qualifications (minimum BSL level 2). Whilst this course does not provide sign language training there are sign language courses available that students may wish to take in addition to this qualification.

Course summary: The aim of the certificate is to provide specialist TAs and CSWs, with underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills in order to effectively fulfil the role. The aim of the certificate is to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the role of specialist TA and CSW supporting children and young people with a hearing loss to access education.

What do I learn? Candidates will learn how to:

  • Support children and young people with hearing impairment by supporting and facilitating their communication and understanding.
  • Support children and young people with hearing impairment to access the curriculum using appropriate support strategies.
  • Adapt learning materials so that children and young people with hearing impairment can access them.
  • Suggest ways the educational environment can be improved to make it easier for children and young people with hearing impairment to access learning.

What do I gain? A Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning with Specialism for Deaf Learners.

What do I need?

  • 4 GCSEs or equivalent preferably including English & mathematics at minimum Grade C or equivalent
  • An interest in communication and language

What can I progress to? On completion of the Level 3 course, further qualifications are available including:

  • Level 4 courses
  • Signature BSL qualifications
  • Signature Level 3 Award in Insights into Communication with Congenitally
  • Signature Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting
  • Signature Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Translation

What else do I need to know?

This certificate has a credit value of 36, and 360 hours of learning in total. The recommended guided hours are 185 with evidence of another 175 hours of directed or self-directed learning. Candidates must complete at least 40 hours of learning support practice with deaf learners. There will be a minimum of 4 observations of practice.