BA (Honours) in Special Education


Program Description

Programme Aims

The BA (Hons) in Special Education [BA(SE)] Programme aims to nurture committed and skilled practitioners for the well-being of individuals with special needs, particularly in areas related to education and community empowerment. Students will learn about the types and characteristics of special needs, assessment and intervention approach, the broader environmental, language, and social contexts, as well as issues related to social inclusion, empowerment, and quality of life of individuals with special needs. Graduates of the programme are expected to be competent practitioners in schools and community settings, who possess the knowledge, skills, and values needed to contribute to the special education field. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of special needs and the roles of different stakeholders;
  • evaluate ethical issues and advocate equal opportunities and rights relevant to special education needs;
  • formulate and implement intervention plans for supporting individuals with special needs in school and community settings;
  • demonstrate the ability to interact with families, schools, and communities effectively to facilitate inclusion and enhance the quality of life for people with special needs; and
  • analyze and solve problems relating to the education and development of people with special needs by integrating theories, empirical literature, ethical considerations and practical experience.

Programme Features

  • A strong line-up of teaching staff – specialists in the areas of developmental and learning disabilities, special needs, support services, counselling, and social work - to offer students immersive learning experience in special education.
  • A firm academic grounding in the holistic study of special education – a multitude of courses that weave together the educational, physical, and social aspects of special education.
  • An interdisciplinary approach to curriculum design, which is responsive to both developmental and learning needs in personal, school, and community contexts.
  • Professional preparation through a practicum in real work settings and final year project on self-selected topics.
  • Designated clinical laboratories with cutting-edge facilities and resources for hands-on training.

Programme Structure

The total credit point requirement for the BA(SE) degree is 121 and this normally requires four years of full-time study. The programme structure is summarized below.

Domain Credit Points (cps)
  • Foundation Courses
  • Advanced Courses
  • Practical Experience

30 cps

18 cps

12 cps

General Education 22 cps
Language Enhancement 9 cps
Electives (including Second Major or Minors) 30 cps
Total: 121 cps

Note: Classes will be held in Tai Po Campus and Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre / Sports Centre as decided by the University.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications*

The skills and perspectives students developed through the BA(SE) will be of particular value in careers related to social services, community development, and education-related business in government and non-governmental organisations. Possible positions may include:

  • Special Education Coordinator/Facilitator in NGOs, rehabilitation centres, sheltered workshops and training units, etc. to provide assessment and case management services, family support, and home care coordination to people with disabilities;
  • Project Officer, Liaison Officer or Community Support Officer in government and non-government agencies, charities, private enterprises, community groups etc., to work with community services and other professionals;
  • Executive Officer or Equal Opportunities Officer in government, non-government and private organizations to facilitate self-advocacy and/or negotiate on behalf of people with disabilities; and
  • Teaching Assistant, Learning Mentors, or Project Coordinator in mainstream and special learning environments such as schools, NGOs, rehabilitation centres, and learning support units.

Graduates may also continue their professional development through postgraduate studies and extend their career horizon to academic/teaching professionals, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, job placement specialists or consultants in the field of inclusive and special education.

*Remarks: The BA(SE) programme facilitates students to pursue careers in relation to education and human services. Completion of the programme will not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in Hong Kong. Upon graduation, students who are interested in pursuing professional teacher training may apply for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or programmes granting a QTS qualification.

Last updated Sep 2019

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