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Short Course
Disabilities and Learning Difficulties in Education
Because of the movement towards inclusive education in the South African education system, a big challenge arised with regards to the support of learners who experience barriers to learning. Through this course you will gain sufficient knowledge regarding different barriers to learning as well as skills to provide learning support in the day-to-day classroom.

Purpose of the course:

• To give educators an overview of disabilities and learning difficulties that may prevent learners from functioning optimally in educational context; • To enable them to support learners experiencing these and other similar barriers to learning.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Practicing Teachers
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Practicing Teachers

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Demonstrate understanding of disabilities and learning difficulties as barriers to learning, such a physical and intellectual disabilities, reading difficulties, mathematical difficulties, et cetera;
  • Recognize the learning differences that individual learners bring to the classroom and how these learning differences could facilitate learning and teaching support practices and processes; and
  • Realise the role of the educator, the school, the family and the community in ensuring that all learners experiencing these and other barriers to learning have access to the curriculum
  • Discuss the inclusion of learners with disabilities in the classroom and explain support to the learners;
  • Identify and interpret different learning and intellectual impairments in the inclusive classroom and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of support to these learners


Formative and summative assessment
Method of assessment: 
Continuous self-assessment: • Every study unit has self-assessed activities or questions to test knowledge. Informal assessments: • During the contact sessions, the facilitator will guide the student on the preliminary work done on the assignment. Formal assessment: • An assignment of 100 marks that must be handed in according to the date published in the information booklet. • An examination of two hours and 100 marks after completion of the module.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
It is directed at practicing educators..
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