NHL Stenden

Inclusive Education

The Inclusive Education minor aims to prepare students to be knowledgeable about and capable of providing inclusive education. An inclusive educational environment offers all children the opportunity to learn and grow, regardless of their physical or mental abilities and their religious, racial, cultural or social background. The minor will have theoretical and practical components.

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  • Semester: fall
  • Amount of ECTS: 30

  • Location: Meppel

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In this minor you will be able to participate in professional discussions on inclusive education by (1) gaining knowledge about the history of special education and inclusive education in different countries, (2) gaining experience in planning, implementing and assessing education that fosters inclusion and (3) gaining knowledge about different learning needs of children. Knowledge and experience built during this minor will give students the opportunity to develop confidence in providing suitable education to all children in a classroom. Students will engage in discussion and reflection, develop personal views and practical skills in order to provide and promote inclusive education in international schools.

Three days a week you will be working on campus, in lessons or group activities. The other two days you will work on different tasks during self-study. During class time there will be presentations from lecturers and guests as well as presentations from students. Through active work forms you will be engaged in using theory in a practical way. You will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and reflection to develop personal views and practical skills in order to provide and promote inclusive education in international schools. Field experience and excursions will also be organised. For this, some additional funding may be required. The main assignments are: a written report, conducting a workshop, creating an exhibition, a portfolio and a self-selected self-study task.

The minor Inclusive Education has three main objectives:

  1. You will gain in-depth knowledge about different learning needs of children, to be able to recognize and understand reasons why certain children struggle with learning in mainstream education. In an inclusive classroom the aim is to teach all children, regardless of their physical or mental abilities, their religious, racial, cultural or social background.
  2. Provide you with some teaching techniques to be able to create an inclusive classroom.
  3. This objective is related to inclusive education from a broader perspective: history and inclusive education in different countries, working with parents and the community, visions for the future.
  • Location: Meppel
  • Semester: Fall semester
  • Credits: 30 ECTS
  • Methods: Cooperative learning, lectures, seminars, action learning, task/problem based learning and presentations of products.
  • Examination: A variety of spoken and written tests and assignments
  • Entry requirements: All students must ensure that NHL Stenden University holds a police check/child safety certificate before they commence any practical teaching experience in primary schools
  • Level of English: Before commencing this minor, all participating students must be highly proficient in English, i.e. clearly use English at a CEFR level C1 and provide an IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL or another recognized certificate.