Award in Differentiation and Diversity in the Primary Classroom with a focus on Autism

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 1 ECTS

Duration: 2 Sessions

Contact Hours: 5

Self Study Hours: 12

Assessment Hours: 8


Course Description

In light of the ever-increasing number of students on the Autism Spectrum, it is essential for the mainstream classroom teacher to have an understanding of the main characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in order to better include the student with ASD in the classroom.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to be in possession of one of the minimum eligibility criteria:

1. A Bachelor of Education (MQF 6 with a minimum of 180 ECTS); 

2. A Bachelor’s degree (MQF 6 with a minimum of 180 ECTS) in addition to a teaching qualification at MQF Level 6 or higher.  

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Create specific resources to enhance the learning process for students with ASD;
b) Better manage challenging situations in the classroom with regard to students with ASD;
c) Guide the LSA in adapting classroom tasks and resources for the student with ASD.


a) Define the main characteristics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as per DSM V;
b) Identify possible sensory triggers in the classroom;
c) Distinguish the difference between a behaviour tantrum and a meltdown.


a) The learner will be able to apply learned knowledge to plan and create an autism-friendly classroom;
b) Prepare differentiated lessons to cater for students with ASD;
c) Demonstrate understanding and creativity in planning and preparing resources for individual support of students with ASD.

Mode of Delivery

This module is delivered through face-to-face lectures, workshops and learning activities. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification.

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
1. Bogdashina, O. (2010). Autism and the edges of the known world. UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
2. Boutot, E., and Tincani, M. (2009). Autism Encyclopedia: the complete guide to autism spectrum disorders. UK: Profrock Press.
3. Brown, S. (2015). Autism Spectrum Disorder and de-escalation strategies. UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. disorders. UK: Profrock Press.
4. Higashida, N. (2014). The Reason I Jump: one boy’s voice from the silence of Autism. US: Random House Trade Paperbacks.
5. Notbohm, E. (2012). Ten things every child with Autism wishes you knew. US: Future Horizons.
6. Zager, D. (2011). Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. UK: Sage Publications.
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