Specialist Certificate in Shadow Teaching - ACC Institute of Human Services
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Specialist Certificate in Shadow Teaching

The Specialist Certificate in Shadow Teaching is designed in mind for individuals aspiring to work with children with special needs. A shadow teacher is a facilitator who enables a child to stay on task despite having learning disabilities. It is imperative for a shadow teacher to have knowledge of learning disabilities and the skills to handle it. In recent years, there has been a great demand for shadow teachers across the globe.

What does a Shadow Teacher Do?

The shadow teacher supports the student in many ways, including filling in the gaps that exist in the learning process, helping the student build self-confidence, promoting interaction in the classroom, and ensuring the student stays focused and on task in the classroom. The shadow teacher helps the student be prepared and organized for class, enabling the student with the approaches for optimum learning.

Introduction to Specialist Certificate in Shadow Teaching

This certification deals with the understanding in providing additional support, throughout the school day, academically and psychologically for a child with learning needs. The five areas under which the functions of the shadow teacher fall are curriculum planning, instruction, behavior management, social skills management, and team working (Dizon, 2002).

During the course of studies, students must complete practicum attachments at selected therapy centres where they will interact with children and youths with special needs.

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Programme Overview

  • School teachers in an inclusive classroom
  • Shadow teachers
  • Parents with special needs children
  • Aspiring teachers wanting to work with children with special needs
  • Facilitate personal, social and intellectual development
  • Help students with special needs integrate into an inclusive school environment
  • Establish positive learning environment
  • Work collaboratively with teachers, Para professionals and parents
  • Collect data regularly to chart student’s progress.
  • Promote student independence and optimum learning

Programme Structure

The programme will be delivered through lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations, video presentations, practical and experiential exercises, case studies, and role-plays. Students will be assessed through written assignments, projects, oral presentations, and videotaped counselling project/examination.

The lecturer-student ratio is set at 1:25 to ensure optimum teaching, learning and sharing between the lecturer and students.

Study Mode: Part-time only
Duration: 1.5 months
Modules: 1 module, consisting of 12 lessons

Each classroom session is 3 hours, held twice a week.

  • Ms Samantha Tang
  • Ms Cassandra Victor
  • Ms Karen Sciberras

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Student must achieve at least 75% attendance for all modules and a minimum passing mark of 50 for all assignments to be awarded the Specialist Certificate in Shadow Teaching.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the course, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Diploma holders in any field
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Mature applicants not meeting the admission requirements are invited to apply as the program recognises relevant life experiences that students bring with them
  • Application will be considered on a case-by-case basis; in some circumstances, interview might be needed
  • Introduction to Autism
    • Historical climate, symptoms, facts and myths, types of Autism
  • Introduction to Down Syndrome
    • Historical climate, symptoms, facts and myths, health issues, types
  • Introduction to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Signs, types of ADHD, facts and myths, classroom interventions and strategies
  • Introduction to Learning Disabilities
    • Signs, types of learning disabilities, coping strategies, classroom interventions and modifications
  • Introduction to Celebral Palsy
    • Signs, types, coping strategies, classroom interventions and modifications
  • Inclusive Classroom and Role of Shadow Teacher
  • Accommodations, Modifications and Instructional Resources
  • Daily Tasks and Duties of a Shadow Teacher
  • Curricula Modification
    • Lesson modifications and strategies for optimum participation
  • Communicating clear instructions
  • Fading and Generalization of a Skill

Assignment and Weightage

  • Quiz – 20%
  • Practicum Report – 50%
  • Case Study Presentation – 30%

Please note that as we are still in Phase One of post-Circuit Breaker, all practicums are suspended for now and will resume only at a later stage. Students can embark on the course first and do their practicum at a later date.

As part of ACC’s commitment to ensuring that students gain practicable knowledge and skills during their course of studies with us, students must complete the following attachment before they can receive their Certificate in Shadow Teacher Support.

Pre-requisites
Students must have successfully completed all lessons prior to embarking on the attachments. If the student is currently a teacher in an inclusive classroom, s/he can opt out of this attachment and complete a different set of assignments relating to the application of concepts taught in this course.

Requirements
Contact hours: Minimum of 30 hours
Non-contact hours: 60 hours
*Supervision hours: 5 hours

*Students will meet their lecturer for group supervision every 5-8 contact hours completed. This will enable them to discuss and reflect on what they have experienced and learnt, and how they can become more effective in the subsequent sessions.

**Do note that students will need to formally submit their applications for this attachment to the Student Care Department. If required, students will be required to go for interviews with the host organisations. Slots are subject to availability.

Fees and Charges

Fees are payable to: ACC Institute of Human Services Pte. Ltd. 

Please note that the Specialist Certificate in Shadow Teaching is currently unavailable for Skillsfuture Credits or SSG funding. If you are a company-sponsored individual who wishes to apply for SSG funding, please contact us at studentcare@acc.edu.sg.

Course Fee (including Group Supervision Fee)$2,600.00
Registration Fee$60.00
Total Before GST$2,660.00
Total after GST$2,846.20

Course Fees for Students of ACC Institute of Human Services

Alumni of ACC Institute of Human Services, who have completed programmes at the Specialist Diploma level or higher, are eligible for the course at the following fees:

Course Fee (including Group Supervision Fee)$2,600.00 $2,100.00
Registration Fee$60.00
Total Before GST$2,100.00
Total after GST$2,247.00

We do not accept Cash over the counter. You may however do a bank transfer or bank deposit and forward the proof of your deposit to us at courses @acc.edu.sg. Please call us at 6339 5411 for the bank details.

Payment Option 1:
Lump sum payment by Cheque, Nets or Credit Card.

Payment Option 2:
0% interest free installment plan with selected merchant banks

Payment Option 3:
In-house installment plan where there is a $50 administrative fee for each installment payment after the initial payment. The installment plan only applies to the course fees.

For example, if you plan to opt for 3 installment payments for this with the bursary, the installment plan would be:

First Payment (Before Course Start Date)Course Fee ($1500.00) + Registration Fee ($60.00) + Bursary Application Fee ($100.00) $1,660.00
Second Payment (2 Months after Course Start Date)Course Fee ($1500.00) + Installment Admin Fee ($50.00)$1,550.00
Last Payment (4 Months after Course Start Date)Course Fee ($1500.00) + Installment Admin Fee ($50.00)$1,550.00
Total Before GST$4,760.00
Total after GST$5,079.20

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Thank you and we wish you good success!

Practicum available. Please note that as we are still in Phase One of post-Circuit Breaker, all practicums are suspended for now and will resume only at a later stage.

Course Overview

Study Mode: Part-time only
Duration: 1.5 months
Modules: 1 module, consisting of 12 lessons

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