Special Ed course on offer

President of the University of Southern Caribbean, Dr Clinton A Valley. The Trinidad and Tobago based institution is partnering with educational officials to provide a course of study in special education needs. (Photo by Theresa Gordon/OBSERVER media)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Educators here will be able to pursue a new course of study geared towards increasing their competence to teach children with special needs.

The course is being offered by the University of Southern Caribbean (USC), which is partnering with the Ministry of Education to cater to the needs of students in this category.

The diploma course was launched on the occasion of Special Needs Day, which will be observed annually on the first Monday in October.

President of USC Dr Clinton Valley indicated the course, which commences January 2014, is aimed at providing specialised skills for teachers in the area.

He said it is intended to have seven modules which will be taught online and on site.

“We have a cadre of well qualified professionals from across the Caribbean and elsewhere ready to work with government in getting teachers trained in this vital area of national development,” Dr Valley said.

He also said the university has also commenced discussions with the Antigua Christian Network (ACN) to offer one free university course on national television for the benefit of residents.

Dr Valley explained through this, viewers will enjoy all the relevant value based topics in the course and those who have met university entrance requirements would be able to register complete assignments and receive credits.

“We welcome business partners and the government who would be willing to assist in sponsoring the airtime for the delivery of the course of study,” he said.

The USC representative will be on island for the rest of the week to mark the observance of Special Education Week, which opened yesterday at the Grande Royal Antiguan Resort.