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Study catalog

Basic information

Language of instruction

Polish

Duration

5 years

Wydział Sztuki i Nauk o Edukacji

Cieszyn

Profil kształcenia: ogólnoakademicki

Informator ECTS

Description

Overview of the programme and majors:

5-year (10 semesters) Master’s degree studies (full-time and part-time) for students who would like to gain knowledge and practical skills that can be applied when working with people with disabilities, in various educational, care and rehabilitation institutions. Part-time studies take place at the weekend (Saturday and Sunday classes).

Graduates will obtain MA degree in the field of Special Education with a major in:

  • Education and Rehabilitation of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or
  • Deaf Education and Art Therapy

Wide competencies of graduates are built on the fundamentals of humanist and social knowledge with the elements of medical knowledge, particularly from the fields of pedagogy, psychology, sociology and anthropology.

Graduates can obtain interdisciplinary knowledge about:

  • human development, causes of physical, mental and social deviance and norms
  • types and degrees of disability
  • social, psychological and pedagogical aspects of integration, inclusion, as well as segregation and marginalisation mechanisms of the disabled
  • socialisation, upbringing and education methods of the disabled and socially maladjusted
  • therapy techniques

An important aspect in preparing students for their future careers are internships, which go beyond the scope of standard curriculum, particularly Tutoring with Internship. During tutoring with internship every student is individually assigned two tutors for the period of their studies (a special education teacher and an employee of a given institution), who serve as formal mentors and academic and pedagogical advisors for the student (tutee). Tutoring meetings will take place at the university and in a given care, educational and rehabilitation institution for the disabled.

The curriculum incorporates innovative forms of artistic expression with an application of technical means. Learning outcomes, in accordance with recent regulations, enable graduates to obtain necessary qualifications and competencies expected by the employers in the job market. All the above-mentioned elements provide the basis for complementary organisation and implementation of the curriculum for a degree programme Special Education. The degree programme allows students to obtain competencies in providing care, education and therapy of the disabled and socially maladjusted.

Major: Education and Rehabilitation of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

The course is addressed to students, who would like to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Students will obtain knowledge, competencies and skills essential to giving diagnosis, establishing effective methods and techniques of therapeutic actions for individuals with intellectual disabilities in diverse settings. A wide range of internships in institutions for individuals with intellectual disabilities allows obtaining work experience in the course of studies.  

Students will become familiar with most recent trends in the field of education, rehabilitation and support for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Graduates can find employment: 

•           in special kindergartens, care and educational centres,

•           in special schools for individuals with intellectual disabilities with a moderate or severe degree,

•           as an organiser of special education at mainstream schools

•           as a teacher co-organising education in kindergartens, mainstream, integrative schools

•          psychological-pedagogical counselling centres

•          in long-term care facilities (special needs boarding schools, nursing homes etc.)

•           in day care facilities (occupational therapy workshops, day support centres etc.)

•           in non-governmental organisations

Major: Deaf Education with Art Therapy

Deaf Education with Art Therapy is a teaching programme which allows students to obtain skills in providing care, education and therapy when working with people with disabilities, particularly hearing impairment.

Students can gain in-depth knowledge about hearing impairment, development, diagnosis, education and therapy of people with sensory disability; extensive knowledge about medical, psychological, social and cultural mechanisms of functioning of people with speech impairment; and specialist methodological competencies (including communicative ones – sign language and other alternative methods of communication).

A considerable advantage of the programme is its combination with art therapy, which allows application of art when working with people with disabilities. Graduates can gain specialist competencies in application of art as a means of therapy and rehabilitation of people with disabilities, deaf or hard of hearing in particular – competencies which can be considered an invaluable asset on the job market.

The curriculum allows comprehensive preparation of students, in terms of care, therapy and education, for work with people with hearing impairment. Graduates can find employment in:

•           education sector (kindergartens, schools, care and educational centres, psychological-pedagogical counselling centres and other centres specialising in care, education and therapy of people with hearing impairment),

•           family and social policy sector (occupational therapy workshops, nursing homes, day support centres and others oriented to social care and rehabilitation of people with hearing impairment),

•           third sector organisations, specialising in care and support for people with hearing impairment, with special emphasis on art therapy classes, workshops and activities.

Students can benefit from classes run by experienced practitioners and use facilities of the Faculty in Cieszyn which allow access to specialist therapeutic and art workshops.

Career prospects:

The programme has been designed to allow for comprehensive preparation of graduates in terms of care, therapy and education, for work with people with disabilities and social maladjustment. Graduates can find employment in: education sector (kindergartens, schools, care and educational centres, psychological-pedagogical counselling centres and other centres specialising in care, education and therapy of people with special educational needs, including disability and social maladjustment), family, work and social policy sector (occupational therapy workshops, nursing homes, day support centres and others oriented to social care and rehabilitation of people with disabilities and social maladjustment), and also third sector organisations, specialising in care and support for the abovementioned people (e.g. management, therapy, education). Graduates can undertake postgraduate studies aiming at improving teaching competencies and obtaining additional qualifications and skills.

Others, important information for candidates:

Graduates are eligible to work as special needs teachers (of a given major) in accordance with new standards defined by the Regulation of Ministry of National Education from 25 July 2019, Appendix 3 (Education standards for special education teachers, speech therapy teachers and early development support teachers).

Admissions criteria for candidates with "new" Polish maturity exam (issued after 2005)

For candidates with NEW MATURA EXAM

Admission to studies is based on secondary school-leaving grades – the results of the written part of Matura exam are taken into consideration:

Matura exam from 2010:

Polish Language
 

basic or advanced level*

Mathematics
 

basic or advanced level*

Modern foreign language
 

level
basic or advanced*

One chosen subject**
basic or advanced level*

Weight = 20% (a)

Weight = 20% (b)

Weight = 20% (c)

Weight = 40% (d)

* Basic level result multiplied x 0.6; advanced level result multiplied x 1.

The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

** Chosen subject is understood as a subject taken by the candidate in the Matura exam as additional or mandatory. The chosen subject can also be Polish language, mathematics, modern foreign language,  provided that these subjects were taken at the basic and advanced level. The same subject cannot be indicated at the same level twice. The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

Method of calculating the final result:

W = a*JP + b*M + c*JO + d*DowolnyP
where:
W — candidate’s final result
JP – result in the Polish language
M — result in mathematics
JO  – result in a modern foreign language
Dowolny P — result in the chosen Matura exam subject
a, b, c, d — weights.

Matura exam until 2009 inclusive:

Polish Language
 

basic or advanced level*

Modern foreign language
 

basic or advanced level*
 

Two chosen subjects**
basic or advanced level*

Weight = 30% (a)

Weight = 20% (b)

Weight of each of them = 25%(c/d)

* Basic level result multiplied x 0.6; advanced level result multiplied x 1.

The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

** Chosen subject is understood as a subject taken by the candidate in the Matura exam as additional or mandatory. The chosen subject can also be Polish language and modern foreign language, provided that these subjects were taken at the basic and advanced level. The same subject cannot be indicated at the same level twice. The more favourable result for the candidate is taken into consideration.

Method of calculating the final result:

W = a*JP + b*M + c*JO + d*DowolnyP
where:
W — candidate’s final result
JP – result in the Polish language
JO  – result in a modern foreign language
DowolnyP1; 2 — results in chosen Matura exam subjects
a, b, c, d — weights.

Admissions criteria for candidates with "old" Polish maturity exam (issued before 2005)

For candidates with OLD MATURA EXAM

Admission to studies is based on secondary school-leaving grades – the results of all Matura exam subjects are taken into consideration.

The basis for admission is the arithmetic mean of the number of points, converted from grades in line with the below formula:

Matura exam until 1991

Matura exam after 1991

5

100 points

6

100 points

4

85 points

5

90 points

3

30 points

4

75 points

 

 

3

50 points

 

 

2

0 points

 

International Baccalaureate

  • The candidate who obtained the International Baccalaureate diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureat Organization based in Geneva, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of International Baccalaureate are calculated according to the following indicators:

IB Diploma

Standard level

Higher level

7

100%

100%

6

86%

85,71%

5

72%

71,43%

4

58%

57,14%

3

44%

42,86%

2

30%

28,57%

1

0%

14,29%

In case the candidate does not submit the International Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the IB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the IB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from IB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

European Baccalaureate

The candidate who obtained the European Baccalaureate diploma, issued by European Schools in accordance to the Luxemburg Convention of 21 June 1994 about the European School status, are subject to the same admission rules as holders of “new” Polish maturity exam. The results on the diploma of European Baccalaureate are treated as results of the extended “new” Polish maturity exams and are calculated according to the following indicators:

EB exam

“new” Polish maturity exam

9,00 ÷ 10,00

100%

8,00 ÷ 8,95

90%

7,00 ÷ 7,95

75%

6,00 ÷ 6,95

60%

5,00 ÷ 5,95

45%

4,00 ÷ 4,95

30%

In case the candidate does not submit the European Baccalaureate diploma, for the sake of qualification, the candidate is obliged to submit the certificate about the EB result issued by the appropriate institution and present the EB diploma immediately after its reception.

NOTE: If the admissions criteria for the programme assume additional entrance exams for the holders of “new” Polish maturity exams, the following factors are concerned during the qualification: result from EB diploma calculated according to the scale above and the results of the additional entrance exam.

Secondary education certificate, or equivalent, obtained outside of Poland

The candidate who has obtained the secondary school graduation certificate (or another document) issued outside Poland may apply for studies. The document has to entitle the holder to undertaking Bachelor studies in the country in which the document was issued.

For candidates which are Polish citizens or apply for studies on the same rules as Polish citizens, the admission procedures defined in the programme’s description apply.

Foreign candidates applying for studies on other basis (tuition-paying, tuition-free, scholarships) are accepted for studies under regulations other than noted in the admission criteria. 

If programme’s admission criteria require mark in Polish language :
The candidates applying as Polish citizens or on the same rules as Polish, which finished secondary education outside Poland, will have the mark of that country’s language taken into account instead of Polish language mark.

In the case of candidates who have a secondary school-leaving certificate or other document authorising them to take up 1st cycle studies or long-cycle studies issued abroad, the grades in the document authorising them to take up studies in the country of document issue are taken into consideration. Additionally, WKR may take into consideration the grades in external exams in the countries where such exams are conducted, e.g.: result of CT exam in the case of Belarus, result of EGE exam in the case of Russia, and result of ZNO exam in the case of Ukraine. The results of these exams shall be regarded as equivalent to Polish advanced Matura exam.

Note: If programme’s admission criteria under “new” Polish maturity exam include additional entrance exams the results of BOTH entrance exam and secondary school graduation certificate are considered.

Fees for education

Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023

Opłata wnoszona w całości

2 100,00 PLN

Opłata w 3 częściach

  • 742,50 PLN
  • 742,50 PLN
  • 765,00 PLN

Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis

W przygotowaniu

Wysokość opłaty semestralnej zostanie podana w późniejszym terminie.

Contact

Faculty's contact details

Wydział Sztuki i Nauk o Edukacji

ul. Bielska 62
43-400 Cieszyn
33 854 61 12
33 854 61 13

https://us.edu.pl/wydzial/wsne

pedagogika.cieszyn@us.edu.pl

Contact for foreigners

Biuro Rekrutacji Cudzoziemców

Bankowa 12, pok. 76
40-007 Katowice, Poland
+48 32 359 22 72
+48 32 359 22 73
admission@us.edu.pl