The Role of the Department of Special Education

 

The Department of Special Education of the Pedagogical Institute (article 14)

The Department of Special Education of the Pedagogical Institute was founded in 2000 (Law 2817/2000), as well as in 2008, according to the new Law for Special Education of people with disabilities and special educational needs (Ν. 3699/2008), now called “Tmima Eidikis Agogis kai Ekpaidefsis”.

Personal Positions (article 14)

The personal positions of the Department of Special Education are the following:

a) two Positions for Councellors

b) two Positions for tenure  Deputies of Special Education and

c) seven Positions for five year term Deputies with different specialties.

For the nomination of the Positions for Counselors and tenure  permanent Deputies it is required:

a) a relevant BA degree obtained from a Greek or a foreign University

b) a relevant PhD degree and

c) at least eight-year experience in Special Education (SMEAE, ΤΕ ή KEDDY).

For the nomination in the Positions for five year term Deputies it is required:

a) a relevant BA degree obtained from a Greek or a foreign University

b) additional Special Education training offered in Training Centres (Didaskaleia) of Universities in Greece or abroad, or postgraduate studies in Special Education or in school psychology and

c) eight-year experience in Special Education (SMEAE, ΤΕ ή KEDDY).

 

Participation in Meetings (article 14)

In the meetings of the Department of Special Education the following persons are entitled to participate, following an invitation of the President of the Department:

a) The Head of the Directorate of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs,

b) A representative of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,

c) A representative of the National Confederation of People with Disabilities,

d) A representative of the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Parents Associations of people with disabilities

e) A representative of parents of the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Parents’ Unions of people with learning difficulties.

 

Duties and Responsibilities (article 14)

Duties and Responsibilities of the Department of Special Education include the following:

  • scientific research, study and documentation of special education issues
  • submission of proposals for planning and implementation of the educational policy
  • planning and support of training programmes’ development, in collaboration with the relevant Training Department of the Pedagogical Institute, the Regional Training Centres (PEK) and the relevant University Departments
  • planning and development of curricula
  • planning of didactic and supportive material for the education of students with disabilities and special educational needs
  • evaluation of special education programs in collaboration with the Evaluation Department of the Pedagogical Institute
  • promotion and implementation of ICT
  • scientific support of School Councelors and special education programmes
  • collaboration with Greek and foreign scientific institutions and organisations as well as with specialized personnel, aiming at the promotion of special education issues
  • Evaluation of the KΕDDΥs’ work.