Speech Therapy is the program with the largest interdisciplinary overlap and covers all age groups.
Degree programme specification
The aim of the follow-up master's study program Speech Therapy is to prepare an expert - a speech therapist with a wide socio-scientific perspective focused on pedagogical and psychological disciplines, who will be able to work independently in the counselling field with children, pupils or adults. He/she will have theoretical knowledge and practical skills at top level in the field of speech therapy and hearing impairment. The course will use latest techniques for people with disabilities to practice skills using simulation.
Diagnostics, intervention, education, and counselling are provided by special needs teachers not only in the field of education, but also within the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The contemporary concept of special education deals with the issues concerning an individual with special needs from birth to old age, i.e. early and preschool age, school age, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. The study program focuses on mastering special educational diagnostics and using special educational diagnostic tools and procedures within the fields of speech therapy and hearing impairment.
The compulsory subjects concerning special educational intervention procedures and counselling are subjects dealing with the individuals with impaired communication and with hearing impairment, optional subject covers specific learning difficulties. The study program is realized in full-time and combined forms. It is a follow-up master study program Special Education – Speech Therapy, which is not divided into specialization.
The content of the study is a basic university course with an emphasis on the application area of the field. An equal part of the study is a common basis, which includes psychological, pedagogical, communication (including foreign language), and general cultivating subjects. Everything is supplemented by pedagogical practice with sufficient hourly subsidy.
|Faculty||Faculty of Education|
|Type of study||follow-up master's|
|Standard length of studies||2 years|
|Language of instruction||czech|
The system of practice is based on the need for theoretical knowledge and its application in the field. Students have the possibility of observing practices in facilities co-operating for a long time with the Department of Special Education of MU. Among the long-term cooperating facilities belong The Kindergarten and Primary School with the Speech Therapy Veslařská Brno, Primary School Brno, Otevřená 20a, Primary School Brno, Jasanová, Primary School Brno, Gajdošova 3, Primary School Brno, Bosonožská 9, Clinical Speech Therapy Department of Neurological Clinic at the Faculty Hospital Bohunice (PhDr. Milena Košťálová, Ph.D.), clinical speech therapists from private practices (Mgr. Jan Dezort, Mgr. Bronislava Bubeníčková) etc.
Students have the opportunity to practice a total of 500 hours. The practice starts in the third semester with 40 hours (continuous special educational practice), followed by a number of speech therapeutic practices (Coherent Practice I in the 5th semester, Coherent Practice II in the 6th semester).
The objectives of the practice is to gain a comprehensive overview of the educational, intervention and support process focused on children and pupils with SEN. Students shoul get acquainted with the approaches, organization and administration of the workplaces. Practice III is in the 7th semester, Practice IV is in the 8th semester. , Practice V is in the 9th semester. Students have the opportunity to complete the expanding practice I and II in the total range of 50 and 50 hours. The concept of practice also includes seminars in which the gained experience is is shared and reflected with the associate professors and the assistant professors from the Department of Special Education at the Faculty of Education, MU.
Readiness for the Profession and the Professional Adaptability to the Conditions and Requirements of the Practice
The employment of the graduates – speech therapists is assumed in the counselling professions where they will be in the personal contacts with children, pupils or adults with disabilities, mainly with speech disorders and hearing impairment.
They will perform special pedagogical diagnostics, design individual plans, provide interventions and special educational counselling, deal and cooperate with experts at interdisciplinary level. They will be ready to communicate and cooperate with parents of children and pupils and teachers from both special and mainstream schools. They also can work in facilities and institutions with the target groups.
Possible Professions and Institutions after Studies
The graduate of the master's study program Special Education - Speech Therapy will find work in the school counselling area (Act No. 379/2015 Coll. - amendment to the Act No. 563/2004 Coll., On Pedagogical Staff), in health care (Act No. 96/2004 Coll., On non-medical health professions and updated Decree No. 55/2011 Coll., On the activities of health workers as amended) and in the field of social services. It is possible to overlap the provision of services to early-stage children or adults in the field of visual impairment, hearing impairment and disturbed communication.
The unstructured master's study program Special Education - Speech Therapy is one of programs enabling to become a pedagogical staff. They are included as non-teaching pedagogy, teaching and psychology in Government Order no. 275/2016 Coll., On the Fields of Study in Higher Education.
The graduates acquire competencies both in the school counselling area (Act No. 379/2015 Coll. - amendment to the Act No. 563/2004 Coll., On Pedagogical Staff) and in health care (Act No. 96/2004 Coll., On non-medical health professions and updated Decree No. 55/2011 Coll., On the activities of health workers, as amended)
4-year doctoral study program Special Education
Students are also prepared for entry into the attestation preparation of Speech Therapy in the health sector.
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