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Continuous Professional Development Award in Literacy and Dyslexia

Course Overview

This part time course, offered over a 24 month period, enables teachers and therapists to screen and remediate literacy difficulties, including Dyslexia, in school aged children. 

 

Course Outcomes

On completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand dyslexia and the theories of causality;
  • Understand “normal” literacy development and how the learner with dyslexia differs;
  • Identify reading difficulties and risk for dyslexia;
  • With mentoring, profile a learner's strengths and difficulties, and implement an individualised, structured programme with the learner over the duration of 20 hours;
  • Advocate for the support and inclusion of learners with dyslexia.

 

Assessment of Outcomes

For successful completion of the course, students will:

  • Complete an assignment on the theory of dyslexia and its implications for identification and screening (2000-2500 words).
  • Conduct a case study of one learner, including the profiling of literacy difficulties and risk for dyslexia, develop lesson plans and the deliver 20 hours of intervention with the learner. The entire case study will be supervised by a tutor, who will guide the process. 
  • Complete a reflective assignment on the case study (2000-2500 words).

 

Course Presentation

The course is presented either online or via attendance of lectures. The content, assessment, cost and duration of both courses is similar. The course consists of three modules, which can also be undertaken individually.

 

Attendance Course

These lectures are held at Bellavista School, 35 Wingfield Avenue, Birdhaven. In 2020, these will be delivered weekly on a Tuesday afternoon (15h00-18h00), commencing 28 January 2020.

 

Online Course

All learning material and facilitation is online, commencing February 2020. Students work through the course content and activities independently each week, and occasionally a synchronous session will be scheduled.  Students must have access to a high-speed Internet connection and software updated within the last three years. Access to a courier/postal service is also required. 

 

Modular Option

Enrol and pay for each module separately, enjoying the flexibility to determine your own exit point whilst retaining the option to return to the course at a later date.



  • Admission Requirements Open or Close
    • A professional qualification
    • A minimum of 3 years of educational or therapeutic experience
  • Key Contacts Open or Close

     

    Kalie Naidoo

    ALD Course Leader

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    Annelize Clark

    Online Course Coordinator

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    Dani Hassall

    S.H.A.R.E Administrator

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  • Course Recognition Open or Close

     

    Bellavista S.H.A.R.E has trained in excess of 150 post graduate professionals since its inception, including members of the school’s own staff, in the specialist area of Literacy and Dyslexia.

     

    The Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) awards 60 CEU (Level 2) points; the South African Council of Educators (SACE) awards 45 CPTD. The course is also accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

     

    Beyond training others, Bellavista S.H.A.R.E contributes to research in theory and practice around the subject of Dyslexia and is affiliated with universities in South Africa and abroad.  

     

  • Who Should Attend Open or Close
    • Learning Support Educators; 
    • Educators in Special Needs Schools; 
    • Reading Specialist Teachers; 
    • Educators in Primary Schools and High Schools; 
    • Health Professionals working with Language Related Difficulties
    • Education Officials

     

    A limited number of candidates will be trained to ensure maximum attention.  

     

  • Enrolment Process Open or Close

     

    A non-refundable fee of R500 is payable on registration.  This fee covers the review of your documentation to determine whether the entry requirements outlined above have been met. 

    This fee is payable via the S.H.A.R.E. website: www.bellavistashare.org.za/book.

    Both EFT and credit card payments are available at checkout. If payment is made by EFT, kindly send proof of payment to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Once the online registration and payment have been made, please send detailed curriculum vitae to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    On completion of the registration process and the submission of your CV, you will:

    • Receive a letter indicating whether you have been accepted;  
    • Submit certified copies of your identity document, certified copies of your formal qualifications, and a letter of support from your immediate supervisor;
    • Sign and submit the payment option form;
    • Pay a deposit;
    • Enter into a contractual agreement with Bellavista S.H.A.R.E.

      

  • Full Course Cost Open or Close

     

    The course fee in 2020 is R37 660. This includes all learning materials, moderation and supervision.

    The recommended core textbook as well as the intervention and assessment materials are for the candidate’s own cost.  These are jointly estimated at R9,000.

    Following completion of the course, you will be able to apply for accreditation with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), at an estimated cost of £90, which is for your personal account. 

     

     

    Option

    Payment Method

    Due Date

    Amount

    Option 1

    Once-off Payment

    EFT or

    Credit Card

    15 January 2020

    R37, 660.00

    Option 2

    Three Payments

    (Per Module)

    EFT or

    Credit Card

    15 January 2019

    30 June 2020

    31 August 2020

    R15,300.00   

    R8,240.00 

       R14,120.00     

    Option 3

    Deposit + monthly

    Debit Order Only

    15 January 2020

    18 monthly collections

    (Feb 2020- July 2021)

    Deposit:

    R15,300.00

    Monthly: 

    R1,243.00

     
  • Policies Open or Close

     

    Cancellation Policy

    You may cancel your registration provided the course has not commenced.  This should be done in writing and be acknowledged in writing by Bellavista S.H.A.R.E.  A handling fee will be charged.   

    Should you withdraw during the course, you are liable for the full course fee. 

     

    Mitigating Circumstances Policy

    The policy and request forms are available to download below.

    Mitigating Circumstances Policy

    Deferment Request Form

    Extension Request Form

  • Modular Option Open or Close

     

    NEW! Modular Option

    Enrol and pay for each module separately, enjoying the flexibility to determine your own exit point whilst retaining the option to return to the course at a later date.

     

    Module

    1

    Theory

    2

    Assessment

    3

    Intervention

    Cost

    R15 300

    R8 240

    R14 120

    Estimated Additional Costs

    R1000

    (Textbook)

    R8000

    (Assessment Materials)

    Own teaching materials

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Please note that:

    • The full cost of each module must be paid upfront – payment options are only available to students committing to the full course.
    • Each module is a prerequisite for the next
    • There is a maximum of two years between modules
    • Modules are available both online and through direct contact sessions

     

     

 

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