Diploma in Special Education (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) (R.C.I)

The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is a statutory body functioning under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) (DEPwD), of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJ&E), Govt. of India. RCI has the mandate for human resource development to facilitate rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Established as a registered society in 1986, RCI was accorded a legal status as ‘The RCI Act’ 1992. The Act has been amended in 2000 to enhance the professional development programs in the field.

The Diploma in Education - Special Education is formulated to prepare special teachers for children with the disabilities specializing in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) which includes, besides Intellectual Disability (ID), Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The special teacher can work in varying settings such as early intervention centers, preschools and elementary schools. These centers or schools may be special or inclusive in nature. The course also would prepare the teachers in a such way so that they can provide home training or in the blended learning form if the need arises.

Nomenclature of the program: Diploma in Education-Special Education (Intellectual and Developmental Disability) i.e. D.Ed.Spl.Ed.(IDD)


Objectives of the Program:

The Program of D.Ed in Special Education (IDD) is developed with following objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of varying disabilities and their implications;
  • To have knowledge of typical growth and development of learners and realize the psychological aspects influencing learning and education;
  • To be aware of the underlying philosophies, evolutionary practices and the policy provisions facilitating education of children with disabilities;
  • To use various assessment tools and techniques for planning educational and other related interventions;
  • To be aware of and apply various curricular strategies;
  • To appreciate various teaching approaches and use effective teaching strategies;
  • To apply various pedagogical approaches for teaching at elementary level;
  • To provide support in the use of various intervention and therapeutic techniques;
  • To apply appropriate techniques to help students with high support needs;
  • To develop an understanding about the concept, construct and facilitators of inclusive education;
  • To realize the importance and role of family and community as a catalyst in the education of children with disabilities.
Scope of the program

The D.Ed in Special Education (IDD) program will especially help the student trainees develop following competencies:

Skill based competencies:

  • Assessment and identification of learners with ASD, ID and SLD using multidisciplinary approach
  • Interventional strategies of addressing learning styles and preferences.
  • Use of curricular strategies, pedagogical approaches, adaptations and assessments
  • Promotion of inclusive practices and involvement of family and community
  • Development of specialized skills in planning and providing support services to high support need groups (Children with severe disabilities)
  • Development of competencies to teach in varied settings including special school, inclusive schools, home based education and technology-based home learning environments
Value or Behavior based competencies:
  • Promotion of school culture and ethos for inclusive educational practices;
  • Empowerment of families for equal partnership and advocacy of children;
  • Involvement of community for resource mobilization and support;
  • Promotion of inclusive practices with equity and quality;
  • Acceptance of every student with the belief and conviction that every child will learn.
Employment opportunities

It is envisaged that such a programme would widen the horizon for the teacher trainee on completion of the course, to teach in special schools, regular inclusive schools at elementary level, work in early intervention and preschool set up or undertake home based teaching to support those with high support needs. In all such settings, the trainees who have successfully completed the programme can practice online and blended teaching too with confidence.

.General frame work of the programme

It is comprised of theory, practice teaching and practical courses.The Diploma in Education- Special Education (IDD) programme consists of 5 Common Courses and 7 Specialization Courses pertaining to the education of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities i.e., ASD and SLD. The programme is organized in such a manner that the content on the disabilities (ASD, ID and SLD) are spirally integrated in all courses as per requirement to prepare a cadre of special educators who develop competencies to meet their educational needs.

Each theory course has a total of 75 hours for curriculum transaction. The total weightage for each course in terms of marks will be 75, 40 percent internal and 60 percent external. In terms of credit, the entire program is prepared for 120 credits divided into two parts; theory- 60 credits and practical-60 credits. For curriculum transaction, each credit will be equal to 15 hours for theory and 25 hours for practical.

Duration of the Programme

The duration of the programme will be two years (four semesters). Each semester will have at least 225 hours of theory papers (75 hours /paper) and 375 hours of practical. On completion of four semesters, the total theory hours would be 900 hours and practical would be 1500 hours. Details are given in a Table on course structure at 16.0.


Students who have passed 10+2 or equivalent with 50% of marks in any stream are eligible forthe course. However, there shall be 5 percent relaxation in the percentage of marks (45%) in case the candidate belongs to SC/ST or PwD categories.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction will be English / Hindi / Regional or state specific language.

Diploma in Special Education (Cerebral Palsy) (R.C.I)


Academic head

Academician with more than 25 years of teaching and research experience in biological sciences.

K.S.VijayalekshmyAmma has more than 13 years of experience in the field of ASD,ADHD,and LD.

Her area of interest include

  • Curriculum Designing for ASD,ADHD and LD
  • Academic counseling and consultation
  • School counseling.
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Parent counseling and
  • Behavioural training for ASD,ADHD &LD.
  • M.Sc,Ph.D(Biochemistry)University of KERALA
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship(Dept.Biotechnology,Govt.India)
  • PGDEM (Central University .Hyderabad)
  • PGDCS (Central University ,Hyderabad)
  • M.Sc Applied Psychology(Bharatiar University)
  • M.S.W(Medical Psychiatry(BharatidasanUniversity
  • B.Ed(ID) M.G.University,Kottayam
  • PG Diploma in LD(IRC,Banglore)
  • Research guide(Calicut University)from 2003 onwards.
    • More than 20 research Publications in International and National Journals.
    • One student got awarded Ph.D under her guidance in 2016.
    • One student Ph.D completed.
  • Common wealth Fellowship award from U.G.C 2005
  • Worked as Principal of SriVyasa N.S.S college
  • Worked as associate professor in Srivyasa N.S.S College
  • Worked as assistant professor in Farooquia Dental and Pharmacy College,Mysore.
  • Worked as Research associate in NIST(RRL)a CSIR Institute
  • Worked as honorary Director,Autism Child welfare Center,Thrissur.
  1. JCI Trichur Pooram City PANCHARATNA PURASKAR 2018 MANAVATHA RATHNA In recognitionof herexcellence in the Filed of Education & Training Autistic Children.
  2. Gandhi Peace Foundation KARUNYA PURASKARA AWARD 2015,For social service and educational interventions.
  3. AKOWA socio cultural and Charity related work.2014. Awards
Research Projects
  2. Water Quality Analysis -Analysis of physical Chemical & Biological parameters, Project aided by Kerala Water Authority.
  3. Investigation on the development of effective Biogas technology on the developent of high ranges of Kerala.A translational project using biotechnology for the benefits of tribes of Wayanad.Project funded by Western Ghat development fund with the support of planning board.

Mrs.Reeja Udayakumar

Course Coordinator for D.Ed. Special Education (Autism spectrum Disorder)

  • M.Ed. Special Education(Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • UGC-NET (Education)
  • M.A. Social Welfare Administration.
  • Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Special Education (Intellectual Disability)
  • B.Ed. Mathematics.

15 years of experience in the field of Special Education. Worked as SEN Coordinator, Teacher Trainer in U.A.E for 6 years. (New Indian Model School, Skills Centre for Persons with Disabilities, U.A.E)

Paper Presentation

Topic: Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder having additional disabilities through Musical Strength Specific Intervention.


Ms. Elizabeth Shirly

Course Coordinator for D.Ed. Special Education(Cerebral Palsy)

  • Masters in Sociology – Indira Gandhi Open University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics – Kerala University
  • Diploma in Special Education (Cerebral palsy)
  • Diploma in Neurological impairments
  • Bachelor of Special Education (Mental Retardation)
  • Advance certificate course in inclusive education

Ms. Padma Priya K

HOD, Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

An expert audiologist and speech-language pathologist with a proven track record and substantial years of experience in planning and administering speech language pathology measures, improvements and evaluations; has the ability to implement appropriate treatments; excellent project management skills with a proven capacity in utilizing support staff; has the willingness and initiative to participate in special projects, as designated.

Ms. Padmapriya has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Her area of interest is childhood language disorders and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She has organized and coordinated various workshops and camps. She conducted many training programs for both parents and professionals. A well established and fully fledged speech and audio lab was constructed in NIPMR from a very small setup was under her guidance and supervision. As a member of multidisciplinary rehabilitation her contribution is well appreciated.

  • B.Sc Speech Language and Hearing, ICCONS, SHoranur in 2006
  • Attended Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) trainings
  • Certification in Assistive Technology (AT) solutions
  • Worked as Senior Speech Language Pathologist in Thressiamma Memorial Hospital, Kallettumkara

Kapil KK

Physiotherapist in Charge

Kapil has 15 years of experience as physiotherapist and interested in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal, paediatric populations. He has passion in use of neuro technological advances to practice. His analytical thinking and his ability to connect with people makes him the best therapist. He is also a certified Aquatic therapist and Kinesio Taping practitioner.

Professional qualification
  • Master of Physiotherapy [MPT] – (2009), Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy [BPT] – 2006), Mahatma Gandhi university, Kottayam.
Work Experience

Senior Physiotherapist at Thressima memorial hospital kalletumkara, Thrissur

Language proficiency

Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam