Country information for Cyprus - Teacher education for inclusive education

Mainstream teachers fall into two broad categories:

  • Primary school teachers follow a four-year university-based general teacher education course and can then be employed as primary school teachers.
  • Specialist teachers who can be employed to provide services to learners in mainstream primary schools, in special units attached to mainstream schools or in special schools have specific job descriptions.

At present, specialist teachers are classified as specialising in:

  • teaching learners with specific learning, functional or adjustment difficulties;
  • teaching learners with visual impairments;
  • teaching learners with hearing impairments;
  • speech therapy;
  • psychology;
  • physiotherapy;
  • special physical education;
  • music therapy;
  • occupational therapy;
  • audiology.

Preparatory service

Secondary school teachers must complete a university degree in a specific curriculum subject. Upon employment, they must further complete a pre-service training programme offered by the University of Cyprus – a short seminar course on pedagogy.

In secondary education, mainstream subject teachers provide support for pupils with special needs. A programme of seminars regarding special education is being developed to assist them in this task.

In-service training

All teachers are encouraged to attend professional development courses run by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, many of which have particular reference to special education. Attendance at in-service seminars is compulsory, while attendance at local seminars is encouraged. The Ministry of Education and Culture sponsors teachers’ attendance at courses abroad or gives leave of absence to teachers wishing to sponsor themselves. Attendance at continuous professional development courses is considered when determining a teacher’s performance during teacher evaluation.

 

Last updated 27/03/2018

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