The Department of Special Needs Education of the Faculty of Education offers this fifteen-month programme. The medium of instruction will be determined on the basis of the student number in each medium. The target group is graduate teachers who are interested in Special Needs Education. This programme has been accepted by the Ministry of Education as equivalent to the Post-graduate Diploma in Education offered by the OUSL and any other Post-graduate Diplomas offered by any other conventional university.
To enable participants to perform effectively as teachers by –
Enhancing knowledge and understanding related to Inclusive Education
Becoming familiar with accepted theories and practices in Special Needs Education
Developing positive attitudes in working with children who have special needs
Developing skills needed through practical work in special needs education
Sensitizing to current issues related to the specific needs of individuals and groups placed in special circumstances
Strengthening capability in interacting with parents of children with special needs
The specific aims of this programme are to offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Needs Education which would deal comprehensively with all aspects of special needs education, to develop professional knowledge, attitudes and skills of teachers.
• Should hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university or any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the OUSL Senate
• Should be a Teacher or a Principal of a recognized school or an In-service Teacher Advisor or a Teacher Educator or an Officer in the Sri Lanka Educational Administrative Service, or
• A full-time Lecturer (University, College of Education, Technical Colleges, National Institute of Education and Teacher Training Colleges) or a Government Teacher Center Manager or any other Officer in the field of Special Needs Education.