Special Education - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus

Module Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a variety of theories in order to re-design their teaching process and teaching material based on the students’ needs with special educational needs and/ or disabilities.

Module Content

This module provides students with the knowledge on family issues and early intervention of children with disabilities or special educational needs. Also, this module covers the topics of the cooperation and communication between school and family in order to address effectively students’ educational needs with disabilities or special educational needs, as well as it presents a thorough study of all categories of students’ special educational needs. In particular, this module focuses on issues related to the family of children with disabilities or special educational needs and covers topics of early intervention such as goal setting, basic principles, research results that substantiate its importance and the financial performance of the intervention programs. In addition, this module focuses on the collaboration and communication between school and family for the equal education of students with disabilities or special educational needs within a  classroom (basic principles, effective ways and communication strategies between the two parties, as well as the role of parents in the child's learning based on  the educational systems of Greece and Cyprus). Finally,  this course presents the categorization of  students with special educational needs with emphasis on the characteristics and learning profile of children with disabilities or special educational needs. Also, the effective teaching process with children in this particular setting is presented. 

Module Purpose and Objectives

This course covers topics related to the families that have children with disabilities or special educational needs. Also, this thematic course covers the programs and issues of early intervention, such as goals setting, basic principles, research results and financial performance that promote the importance of early intervention programs. In addition, this module focuses on school and family collaboration and communication for equal student education with disabilities or special educational needs in the classroom (basic principles, effective ways and communication strategies between the two parties, as well as the parents’ role in the child's academic learning bath, both derived from the educational contexts of Greece and Cyprus). Finally, this course covers all categories of special educational needs with emphasis on the students’ characteristics and learning profile with disabilities or special educational needs, in the differentiation of teaching and in the adaptations that prove to be effective for their education.

Module Content

This module covers topics such as family issues and children’s early intervention with disabilities or special educational needs. Also, it covers the important topic of the collaboration and communication of the school and the family in order to support students’ effective education with disabilities or special educational needs. Finally, this course covers a thorough study of the categories of children with special educational needs.

Module Purpose and Objectives

This particular course will cover the basic concepts of the special education field. Also, it will cover the theoretical, historical and legislative framework of the special education field both in the Cypriot and Greek context, as well as internationally. Finally, this course will cover issues and topics about the current trends in the special education field.

Module Content

This particular thematic course will cover the basic terminology for special education, the most important theoretical models of the special education field, as well as to present the categories of children who can be included in the special education setting. In addition, this section focuses on the rhetoric of disability, as well as to the debate between supporters and defenders of the concept of labeling children with disabilities (on the basis of the scientific and theoretical approach to disability).