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 Edinburgh – Moray House School of Education

Application deadline 21 December 2018. 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. programme visit this page of the University website.

For further information regarding the Ed.D. programme visit this page of the University website.

If you would like to discuss a possible application please email Dr Ruth Swanwick, Associate Professor in Deaf Education.

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) is a post-qualification pathway targeted at teachers of the deaf, audiologists and other practitioners who work or are intending to work with very young children and babies who are deaf and their families.

This course is unique in the United Kingdom. All modules are offered as stand-alone 30 credit modules. Students may undertake individual modules or complete a certificate (2 modules).

Students have regular face-to-face contact with teaching staff at the residential study weekends. Each module has a designated study weekend in which there are taught sessions, group seminars and opportunity for individual tutorial support. All students are encouraged to contact module leaders for distance support and guidance as required.

 Academic year 2019-20 modules

The Developing Deaf Infant (0-2 years) 30 credits

Early Audiological Management 30 credits

Potential future modules

Working with Families and Other Professionals 30 credits

The Deaf Baby with Additional Needs 30 credits

 For further information see

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.