Qualifications and standards

Review of Special Education Unit Standards 2018

Consultation on two reviewed standards

NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS) is seeking your feedback on proposed changes to two unit standards from the Special Education subfield.

The key changes proposed include expiring standard 7302 and making minor changes to 7310 (DOCX, 29KB) to bring it up to date. The remaining seven standards from the Special Education subfield will be reviewed in 2019 – see below for opportunities to contribute to their ongoing review.

See the consultation page for more information.

Additional review panelists needed

Panel applications close 10 December 2018

After gathering initial feedback and reviewing standards 7302 and 7310, NZQA is now reviewing the remaining seven standards in the Special Education domain:

Education > Special Education > Assessment and Programming in Special Education

ID

Title

Level

Credit

7299

Participate in the development and implementation of an individual learning plan for a young person with special needs

4

4

9144

Assist with implementation of strategies to facilitate learning for young people with special needs

4

10

Education > Special Education > Behaviour Assessment and Intervention in Special Education

ID

Title

Level

Credit

7282

Assist with behaviour change for young people with challenging behaviour in education settings

5

10

 Education > Special Education > Physical Needs in Special Education

ID

Title

Level

Credit

7289

Assist young people to increase physical function through positioning and mobility

3

4

21224

Demonstrate knowledge of challenges and issues related to young people with specific physical needs

3

3

 Education > Special Education > Professional Practice in Special Education

ID

Title

Level

Credit

9135

Identify and apply ethical guidelines for working with young people who have special education needs

5

6

9143

Describe and support a collaborative consultative team approach for young people with special needs

4

6

To achieve this, further input is needed from the sector. NQS is seeking applications from those who have an interest in the standards and/or want to contribute to future professional development options for those working in learning support and related areas. As far as possible, the panel will be collectively representative of all stakeholder groups for Special Education unit standards.

This review of the remaining Special Education unit standards will include consideration of the:

  • seven unreviewed unit standards
  • appropriateness of the classification and
  • development of new standards where a clear need can be demonstrated.

The review panel will meet in early March 2019 and early May 2019 to review the standards, and there may also be several shorter meetings by teleconference or Skype so access to appropriate equipment will be useful.

Members of the review panel will be paid a sitting fee of $260 per day, and travel expenses will be met by NZQA.

Application to be a panel review member can be made by completing an application form (DOCX, 88KB) and sending it to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz by 10 December 2018.

Feedback on the standards

NQS are still inviting your views on the 7 remaining unit standards in Special Education. This is an opportunity to align them with current sector policy, practice, and language, as well as to identify areas for future development.

We invite any feedback or interpretation issues with the Special Education unit standards that might inform the review panel to be forwarded to nqs@nzqa.govt.nz. Feedback can be submitted at any time but preferably before the middle of February 2019.

Special Education consultation network

The email consultation network will receive updates on progress as available and be given opportunity to comment on issues and drafts of the unit standards prior to and after national consultation. Review panelists will also be part of the consultation network.

To join the email consultation network please email nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

Contact

For further information on the review, email nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

 
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