The Certificate Programme Developmental and Learning Disorders in Childhood*
*will start after the agreement of all committees
Scientific director: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Lachmann
State of research, diagnosis, prevention, intervention
In comparison to the distance learning Master's programme Psychology of Developmental and Learning Disorders in Children, this part-time Certificate programme is shorter, and it presupposes a qualification at the level of a Master's degree as entry requirement. The programme targets people who do not currently aim for a further academic degree. It thus offers the opportunity to complete advanced training in the area of developmental and learning disorders at university level, while not including the effort of pursuing a further university degree.
The German-language Certificate programme is aimed at people who are confronted with childhood learning and developmental difficulties who would like to acquire additional knowledge and skills in the areas of diagnostics and intervention, counselling affected individuals and institutions, or management and research in the field of learning and development support.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire practical competencies in evidence-based diagnostics and intervention in children with learning and developmental disorders, based on comprehensive background knowledge on the current state of research on causes and risk and protective factors at the individual and contextual levels. Graduates are enabled to independently apply the acquired knowledge and skills in the design of environments supportive for children’s learning and development.
Graduates of the Certificate programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern as well as a university certificate.
The distance learning programme comprises twelve compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Psychological foundations of learning and academic performance,
- Research methods and statistics,
- Evidence-based diagnostics and intervention,
- Attention-deficit disorders,
Students who, at the start of the programme, do not have sufficient knowledge of research methods and statistics complete an additional introductory module in the first semester.
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.
Schedule and organisation
The distance learning programme in Developmental and Learning Disorders in Childhood has a standard period of study of three semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place twice per semester over a (long) weekend in Kaiserslautern. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 15-20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in assignments and take the examinations (amongst others).
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fee is EUR 1,490 per semester and the social fee amounts to currently 102 euro. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. In the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study, only the social fee is charged. The tuition fee is reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:
- the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
- the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
- the enrolment regulations.
The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.
The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.
The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Lachmann (TU Kaiserslautern). The scientific coordinator is apl. Prof. Dr. habil. Maria Klatte (TU Kaiserslautern).
The Certificate programme has undergone an internal quality assurance process within the TU Kaiserslautern's system accreditation.
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Dipl.-Psych. Cosima Jergens
Marita Konerding M.Sc.
All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.