Speech Therapy – the field of Special Education with the largest interdisciplinary overlap
The current concept of the education of pupils with special educational needs is aimed at an inclusive approach, concerning a complex interdisciplinary approach. Diagnosis, 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 goal of the bachelor's study program Speech Therapy is to prepare graduates to use special educational tools and procedures for the specific groups of people with disabilities (knowledge of diagnostic domains for the individuals with impaired communication ability, hearing impairment, visual impairment or physical disability) in their counselling services under the supervision of an experienced special needs teacher – the Speech Therapist. They also should master the intervention procedures for working with diagnostic tools both theoretically and practically, simulation techniques, and working with diagnostic tools that have been acquired for this purpose during the implementation of the SIMU + project.
The program is implemented in the forms of full time attendance and combined studies. It is internally divided into two levels of subjects: A Special Educational Diagnostics (in Speech Therapy, for Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment or Physical Disability), B Communication and Simulation Techniques (in Speech Therapy, for Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment or Physical Disability) with sufficient hours of diagnostic and interventional practices.
The structure and content of the lectures, seminars and practices in the study program reflects the requirements of the Act No. 563/2004 Coll., On Teaching Staff and its Amendment No. 379/2015 Coll. The study program Speech Therapy is elaborated in accordance with the current version of the Standards of the Accreditation Commission for the study program Special Education and in accordance with the Act No. 96/2004 Coll., On Non-medical Health Professions (updated Decree No. 55/2011 Coll., On Activities of Health Workers and Other Professional Staff) as amended.
The Speech Therapy study program is one of the study programs enabling to become a pedagogical staff, which is included in the fields of education as non-teaching pedagogy, teaching and psychology in the Government Order no. 275/2016 Coll., On the Fields of Study in Higher Education.
The obligatory part of the bachelor's study program Speech Therapy is a teaching practice, which is realized as a special educational practice (continuous, for 10 weeks every Friday, 4 hours a day) in the 4th semester, a special educational diagnostic practice (4 weeks) with a reflective seminar in the 5th semester, and a special educational intervention practice (4 weeks with a reflective seminar in the 6th semester).
The practice is spread over three semesters. The department provides students with the workplaces it has been cooperating with for a long time. The students can obtain the practice there.
The aim of the continuous practice is to acquaint with the basic procedures used within the Speech Therapy in special schools and facilities in the place of student's residence. The aim of the special educational diagnostic practice is to acquaint with the basic diagnostic procedures used within the Speech Therapy and the treatment of hearing impairment. The aim of the special educational intervention practice is to acquaint with the basic procedures used within the Speech Therapy and the treatment of hearing impairment in special schools and facilities in the place of student's residence.
The employment of the graduates from the bachelor's study program Speech Therapy is assumed in the positions of the assistants in education and social affairs. They are here in a personal contact with children, pupils or adults with disabilities. The graduate is also ready for the communication and cooperation with parents of children and pupils, and teachers from special and regular schools.
The assistant is employed in helping professions and is able to work under the professional supervision of a qualified special needs teacher - a speech therapist, who is a graduate of a master's study program Special Education or Speech Therapy (state exams from Speech Therapy, Hearing Impairment and Special Education).
Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.
An example of your study plan:
The graduate of the bachelor's study program Speech Therapy may (after fulfilling the entrance conditions) continue his/her studies in the master's study program Speech Therapy, in the master's study program Special Education in the specialization of Speech Therapy and Hearing Impairment, in the specialization Visual Impairment, in the specialization Education of Pupils with Moderate and Severe Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders or in the spin the master's study program ecialization Education of Pupils with Multiple Disabilities at the Faculty of Education of MU.
|Provided by||Faculty of Education|
|Type of studies|
|Standard length of studies||3 years|
|Language of instruction||Czech|
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PhDr. Mgr. Petr Kopečný, Ph.D.