Certificate in Teaching Strategies for People with Disabilities

This accredited Level 7 course will help you develop and implement an individual training plan for a person with disability using the Systematic Instruction teaching strategy.

During the 10-week course you will work in partnership with a service user to support them to develop a skill that relates to their own person centred plan.

Who Is This Course For?

Participants are likely to be experienced practitioners who:

  • Provide learning services to people with disabilities
  • Already have a social studies/care/community development qualification; and,
  • Would like to obtain a formal qualification (QQI Level 7 minor award) that focuses explicitly on teaching strategies for people with disabilities

These include Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Family and Home Support Workers, Personal Assistants, job coaches and Community Care Workers.

At a Glance

  • Audience First line staff who provide instruction to people using their service
  • FormatBlended
  • Duration10 weeks
  • Award Certificate in Teaching Strategies for People with Disabilities (7H15638)
  • Award Type QQI HET Minor
  • Level on NFQ 7 (10 Credits)
  • Credits10
  • Fees€395
  • Apply bySept. 13th, 2019
  • Introductory ELearning ModuleSept. 16th, 2019
  • Start DateSept. 23rd, 2019
  • WorkshopOct. 8th or 9th, 2019
  • Assignment Submission Nov. 12th, 2019

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Certificate in Teaching Strategies for People with Disabilities graduate
Certificate in Teaching Strategies for People with Disabilities
Certificate in Teaching Strategies for People with Disabilities

Course Details

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the course you should be able to:

  • Explain the key approaches to learning and discuss what Systematic Instruction and how it relates to other learning theories
  • Apply Brown’s Top Down model for developing a learning programme to identify a meaningful task/skill for the focus person to acquire
  • Behaviourally define the task to be learned
  • Design a task analysis and a data collection/record sheet
  • State the criterion or standard to which the task is to be learnt
  • Complete a baseline recording for the target task
  • Identify any relevant individual learner characteristics
  • Implement appropriate learning strategies based on antecedent changes, consequential changes and modifications to the task and/or the environment
  • Devise a skill maintenance and generalisation plan
  • Evaluate your training experience for this assessment


The course blends online learning with face-to-face workshops.

Unit 1: Meaningful Training

  • Training Issues
  • Selecting a Target Skill
  • Applying Brown’s Model in Practice

Unit 2: Task Analysis

  • Developing an Effective Task Analysis
  • Assessment Recording Methods

Unit 3: Systematic Instructional Strategies

  • Instructional Strategies: Definitions
  • Discrimination
  • Five Discrimination Strategies
  • Instructional Strategies
    • Antecedent Changes – Delivering Prompts
    • Consequential Changes – Reinforcement & Error Correction Procedures
  • Modifying the Task or Environment

Unit 4: Maintenance & Generalisation

  • Maintenance Strategies
  • Generalisation

Unit 5: Implementing the Training

  • Reviewing your Individual Training Plan
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Hints on Data Collection and Evaluation
  • Recording your Training Session


Successful completion of the course is dependent on undertaking a project. This will record your progress as you support a service user in developing a skill that relates to their person centred plan. This will involve:

  • Summarising your understanding of how the principles of systematic instruction apply to the actual practice of supporting a person develop a skill
  • Producing a training plan
  • Critically analysing your experiences, performance and likely future development in the role

Taking the Course

The course uses a ‘blended’ approach which combines online learning, virtual tutorials and face-to face workshops.

Our online learning materials are explicitly designed to accommodate the pressures that come with trying to balance work, life and learning. They make it possible to build study time around your work schedule. These are accessible through our learning centre which provides a platform for you to study, collaborate and communicate with your fellow learners. Regular online tutorials will expand your knowledge of the topic and answer any questions you have as you study.

Each workshop focuses on extending your understanding of the subject matter and helping you apply it in your working practice. The one-day session will be led by a subject matter expert who also has extensive experience in providing coaching/training to people working in the human services and non-profit sector.

Certificate in Teaching Strategies for People with Disabilities

Discussion, collaboration and the sharing of experiences are actively encouraged in order for the workshop to achieve one of its primary goals:

  • Facilitating the application of knowledge and skills acquired during the course to address real world challenges in a practical and effective manner.

Underpinning all of this is our learning community. This is made up of tutors who have extensive first-line experience, learning support staff who understand the human challenges people can face when attending college and our learners who are defined by their commitment to supporting each other.

We believe this creates a learning experience that is unique to the Open Training College, one that meets the specific requirements of people working in our sector and improves the quality of service our users receive. This is know as the Supported Open Learning Model. You can read more about it here.

The Learning Experience

The Tutor’s View – Claire Hopkins
Certificate in Teaching Strategies for People with Disabilities Claire Hopkins

How do you think people benefit from the course?

Participants are given practical strategies from a strong person centred value base that encourages them to evaluate their practice and adapt so that the learner has positive learning experiences.

Service Users learn skills and tasks that will make a difference to their everyday life.

Why did you become a tutor in the first place?

It allowed me put my skill and expertise to good use. I love supporting people to learn and reach their goals and I firmly believe it has a positive impact on a lot of lives.

The Student View – Michelle Moran, Certificate in Teaching Strategies, National Learning Network, May 2014

Never felt like I was alone – lots of supports especially with the online component. This is a great stepping stone for me to embark on the full BA degree.


The course is certified by QQI as a HET Level 7 Minor Award. Successful participants will be awarded a Certificate In Teaching Strategies for People with Disabilities. Successful graduates will hold 10 credits against the B.A. in Professional Social Care (Disability). 

Next Steps

Dates & Duration

There will be an Online Preparation Module on Monday, September 16th, 2019;

The course then commences on Monday, September 23rd, 2019.

There will be one 1-Day workshop/seminar on Monday, October 7th, 2019

The course ends with submission of an assignment by Monday, November 11th, 2019.

The course runs for 10 weeks.


The course costs €395 to attend.

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