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CHILD
CERTIFICATE course in HOLISTIC INCLUSION of LEARNERS with DIVERSITIES

A course specially for in-service educators, practicing counsellors, graduate students or members of the community supporting children’s educational needs

A Course designed by the Aatman Academy for Research and Training
Developed and implemented under the guidance of the

Background

More than ever before, the schools of today are required to handle a broad spectrum of diversities among learners. These could be in the form of learning disabilities or emotional and behavioral challenges or any other special needs. The Right to Education Act (in India) has mandated schools to become equipped to handle all such diversities. However, the paucity of trained professionals is making it very difficult for mainstream schools to serve these learners who have special learning needs.

Need for the Course

With the above scenario in mind Aatman Academy for Research and Training has launched
the "CHILD" course.
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CERTIFICATE course in HOLISTIC INCLUSION of LEARNERS with DIVERSITIES

Scope of the Course

Completion of the course will enable individuals:

To become Inclusive Education Practitioners.

To offer one-on-one remediation for specific learning challenges.

To render Resource room support for mainstream schools who offer inclusive set-ups.

To help with small group instructions using novel techniques and strategies for specific subject areas.

To extend guidance and basic support to parents who need to be shown the direction.

To work as shadow teachers for individual students in inclusive set-up.

The unique features and advantages of doing this course at Aatman

The CHILD course is the brainchild of professionals with years of practice in the field of special and inclusive education.

It is based on the core belief that every regular ed. teacher can develop the sensitivity and skills to support learners with diversities and challenges.

In-service professionals have limited time to invest in self-development courses due to their hectic school schedules. This course focuses on ONLY the most relevant aspects; attitudes, skills, and knowledge that can help teachers START the process of helping learners with diverse needs.

The key approach of this course centres on the fundamentals of andragogy; where the learning experiences and the assessment of the same are put in the hands of the participants who sign up for it. It is experiential, hands-on, skill based and highly focused on participants’ existent needs - person centered learning.

It is a high intensity course but does not require an intense in person, on-site time commitment beyond 3 hours a week.

There is a rich pool of experience, material, and expertise at Aatman Academy that can be tapped into.

The learning processes at Aatman are research driven and in tandem with the latest best practices across the globe in the field of Education.

Aatman Academy has also officially partnered with the Government of Maharashtra on project “Ekadhyam”- that endeavours to train over 450 teachers each year to improve the inclusive education practices adopted in schools. In the coming years, this project will impact more than 5 lakh government school teachers across the state of Mahrashtra.

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Eligibility or Target Participants

Graduation in any stream

Admission will be subject to performance in

(The decision of the admissions’ committee will be final.)

The written test which will consist of a basic questionnaire that will assess the participants’ statement of interest about the course in order to gauge their objective of enrolling for the same.

A personal interview.

Preference will be given to

Teachers who are currently working in mainstream schools or pre-schools

Parents of children with learning challenges

Home tutors

Psychologists, counselors and special educators

Duration

The course will be spread over a period of 25 Saturdays, (3 hours each Saturday from the commencement of the course – 75 hours of theory) and 2 full Sundays, which will cover the theory subjects. The practical work will be done by the participants at their respective schools or at Aatman Academy. Attendance for theory and practicum is mandatory.

Course objective

The objectives of the CHILD course are as follows:

To improve the quality of support rendered in mainstream schools to diverse learners.

To create an awareness about various disabilities in the community.

To increase the sensitivity towards learners with various diversities and disabilities among mainstream schools.

To create a larger pool of professionals who can support the learning needs of children with special needs or disabilities either within the school portals or outside the same.

To train self-driven individuals with hands-on techniques to work with students with challenges.

To equip the professionals enrolled in the course with basic counselling skills and remediation skills.

To train in-service teachers in the application of the Universal Design for Learning as a ‘best practice’ for Inclusive Education.