Country information for Malta - Teacher education for inclusive education
Training for early intervention
Early intervention teachers follow the same university course as primary and secondary school teachers. Teachers employed as early intervention teachers receive further in-house training organised by the National School Support Services.
Training of kindergarten assistants
The University of Malta and Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology provide a training programme for people wishing to work with children at kindergarten level. It enables students to work in a professional capacity with children in childcare and kindergartens. Apart from providing skills, knowledge and understanding of early years, the programme also provides knowledge and understanding of supporting children with disabilities.
Initial teacher education
Initial teacher education at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, initiated a Master’s degree course in October 2016. It is intended to help students focus on the pedagogical aspects of the teaching profession and to be well supported for the teaching and learning experience in the classroom (Source: Raising the Achievement of All Learners in Inclusive Education – Malta Country Report).
Training of learning support educators
Learning support educators (LSEs) in state schools follow an compulsory evening training course in inclusive education when they qualify. This introductory course gives participants basic skills, knowledge and understanding of working with and supporting learners with disabilities in mainstream education. The course has a practical component in which LSEs are monitored and supported in their place of work. This course is now also being offered to prospective LSEs who wish to complete the course prior to employment.
Following the compulsory training course, LSEs have the option of furthering their studies to degree level. Through these training courses, participants gain both practical and theoretical knowledge on supporting learners with disabilities.
On-going continuous professional development training is offered by the Institute for Education in various areas of inclusive education. It is offered to all educators and support staff working in resource centres and in mainstream schools. It includes courses and workshops in communication, information and communication technology, leadership, curriculum development and planning, assessment and early intervention.
Last updated 05/02/2020