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Special Psychology (Psychological Support for Children with Developmental Disabilities)

  • Special Psychology (Psychological Support for Children with Developmental Disabilities)
  • 44.03.03
    Special Education
  • Bachelor
    4 years
  • Full-time education
    Mode of Study
  • Russian
    Language of Instruction

Our Advantages

  • We use state of the art diagnostic and teaching tools to practice skills required to conduct assessment, as well as preventive and corrective therapy for children with developmental disorders.
  • We use a blend of active and interactive classroom and out-of-class activities to help our students build their professional competences.
  • You will be able to meet representatives of educational, healthcare, welfare and research institutions, NGOs and government bodies, as well as attend workshops by various experts.
  • We have close ties with St Petersburg educational institutions focusing on children with special needs, which allows our students to go on internships, conduct research and potentially find future employment.
  • Our faculty is highly experienced and varied, which means that students can find support for a wide range of research initiatives.
  • You will have constant access to a research library.
  • You will be able to participate in the annual conference “Student—Researcher—Teacher” and other conferences hosted by Herzen University or other universities.
  • You will have an opportunity to develop a project with social significance and to participate in a project contest within the Youth Forum “My Initiative in Education”.
  • You will be able to go on to a master’s programme at the Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, other Herzen University faculty or institute or another university.

Admissions Tests

  • Biology Test
  • The Russian Language Test
  • Оne other test (student’s choice): Mathematics Test, Social Studies Test or Foreign Language Test

Key Courses/Disciplines

Module “Psychological and Educational Assessment of People with Disabilities”. Disciplines:
  • Psychological and Pedagogical Assessment;
  • Assessment in Special Education Student Acceptance.

Module “Psychology of Children with Developmental Disorders”. Disciplines:
  • Psychology of Children with Intellectual Disabilities;
  • Psychology of Blind and Visually Impaired People;
  • Psychology of Deaf and Hearing Impaired People;
  • Psychology of Speech Impaired People;
  • Psychology of Mobility-Impaired Children;
  • Psychology of Children with Emotional, Volitional and Behavioural Disorders;
  • Psychology of Children with Complex Developmental Disorders.

Module “Theory and Practice of Assessing Developmental Disorders”. Disciplines:
  • Methods for Measuring Intelligence in Children with Developmental Disorders;
  • Methods for Assessing Personality in Children with Developmental Disorders.

Module “Theory and Practice of Psychological Support for Children with Developmental Disabilities”. Disciplines:
  • Introduction to Psychological Support at an Educational Institution;
  • Psychological Support for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Preschool Education;
  • Psychological Support for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Primary and Secondary School Education.

Career Opportunities

Graduate destinations include:
  • preschool and school level special education institutions;
  • rehabilitation centres for disabled children and adults;
  • healthcare institutions;
  • educational institutions for orphaned and abandoned children;
  • organisations for children who require psychological, educational, medical and social support;
  • combined healthcare and educational institutions;
  • centres for psychological and educational rehabilitation and treatment;
  • child and family welfare centres;
  • rehabilitation centres for adolescents and other institutions that may require counsellor services.