The University of Dundee, centred in Scotland, has begun a new MSc degree in Educational Assistive Technology. The training will be provided by the University’s School of Science and Engineering and intends to allow access to quality education for students with a variety of learning challenges and/or physical illnesses.
The curriculum is targeted specifically at educators, therapists, and technologists who strive to improve and strengthen their abilities to serve learners in need of Educational Assistive Technology (AT). Learners will also engage with expert Educational Assistive Technology users within the University’s User Center and placements. Once accepted, they will pursue the assessment, provision and ongoing support of AT technologies within specialist and mainstream learning or social care organizations, informed in a public announcement by the university.
The new program, that will begin in January 2021 and will be accessible in a blended framework in which full-time students will have to stay for a year at the University of Dundee premises in Scotland and part-time students will invest a total of two weeks in Dundee-once in the spring and once in the summer or fall. The length of the full-time student program is 12 months, which is 24 months for part-time students.
Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science, education or therapy or equivalent standards/experience in educational assistive technology from the University of Delhi, the University of Mumbai, the University of Calcutta, IITs and IIMs (regarded equivalent to a UK degree of 2.1). Other universities need a bachelor’s degree with or over 60 per cent (treated equally to a UK 2.1 degree). The student will need to have Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership status or similar.
“Despite the potential of AT to enable children and young people with complex physical, learning and communication impairments to access education, this technology is seldom adopted and often abandoned. This programme will ensure that skills, knowledge and working methodology are gained by Educational Assistive Technologists that are not typically taught in other programmes,” said Programme Director Professor Annalu Waller. “This Masters degree has been developed to address a global need for the professionalisation of the ‘Assistive Technologist’ role within all levels of education provision,” the professor added.
According to the university, the educational assistive technology course develops on computing skills in accessibility and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technology and continuing cooperation throughout other schools.
Foreign candidates can apply for both full-time and part-time tuition. The fees for full-time overseas students are £21.950 per study year, and part-time is £10.975 per study year. Aspirants to this project may be qualified for £ 5,000 Global Excellence Scholarships from the University, which are granted to those who have proved excellence through academic, extracurricular, or voluntary work.
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