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Inclusive Education -1 (O-5)

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About This Course

The Inclusive Education - 1 (O-5) course discusses strategies, approaches and issues of Inclusive Education as a part of the postgraduate certificate programme in Contemporary Education Perspectives and Research (PGC-CEPR). The course aims at providing an opportunity for practitioners to develop perspectives and professional skills in inclusive education.

National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education NCFTE, 2009 states that “Inclusive Education refers to a philosophical position as well as an arrangement of institutional facilities and processes. The aim is to create an integrated school setting providing equal opportunities to children with different abilities, varied social background and diverse learning needs” (NCTE, 2009, p. 13).

The philosophical position of this course is to value every individual and ensure equitable learning opportunities are provided for all. It also considers the broader concept of inclusion, from a focus on disability to celebrating diversity which includes a range of students’ abilities at one end of the spectrum to the gifted and talented at the other.

Teachers play one of the key roles in inclusion as they are the change agents in the classrooms. This course would enable creation of inclusive learning environments, through teachers and teacher educators who would be equipped with professional dispositions and skills, besides conceptual knowledge to address exclusion of all forms. They would also be given opportunities to critically reflect on their beliefs and biases in a non-threatening atmosphere.

O-5 Inclusive Education

  • Unit 1: Diversity and Inclusion
  • Unit 2: Ableism - Introduction, Assessment & Curricular implications
  • Unit 3 Universal Design Learning
  • Unit 4: An inclusive teacher

Course Objectives

  • Strategise to use diversity in the classroom as a resource.
  • Critically reflect on beliefs and biases with a social justice perspective.
  • Design and create inclusive, learning environments.
  • Participate in networks and communities for sharing resources and creating a support network to enable critical reflection.

Who can join the course?

  • Must be a teacher educator.
  • Has paid the fees for the course or the programme.


Teacher Educator will need to have access to computing devices with connectivity for the entire duration of the programme.

  1. A smart phone with internet to access the course and participate in online communities of practice.
  2. A computer with internet access to complete and upload assignments.

Course Staff

Ruma Banerjee

Ms. Ruma Banerjee

Ruma Banerjee is the Chairperson of Seva-in-Action (estd1985), by profession she is a psychologist and has done her specialization in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) from the University of London. She has been actively working for three decades in the field of CBR and inclusive education (IE). She is a member of Central Advisory Board for disabilities (CABD), MSJ&E, GOI which is responsible for advising the Central Government in implementing RPD 2016. She is also a Member of the Executive Committee, General Council of RCI. She has been on various committees of the State and Central Government and review missions of GOI.

She has been a consultant to UNESCO for documentation of Teacher Education programmes and UNESCO publication for education. She has also been a consultant with the World Bank to develop teacher education materials in IE for GOI. At the international level, she is a consultant for Disability and Developmental Partners, United Kingdom for IE in Ethiopia.

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Dr. Radhika Misquitta

Radhika is the Co-Principal and a founding member of the Gateway School of Mumbai. Her interests are in teacher education, in developing systemic supports for supporting children with disabilities,and in how technology can be harnessed to optimise learning. At Gateway, Radhika teaches Language to the High School students, supports teacher development, strategic planning, and with the research department.

Mythili Ramchand

Mythili Ramchand

Mythili Ramchand was the Director of RV Educational Consortium, Bangalore from 2005 to 2018. She worked as science teacher educator and a high school physics teacher prior to 2005.

Mythili has led a number of collaborative projects and research studies in Karnataka. She has worked on initial teacher education curriculum and developed reading and related materials and been involved in capacity enhancement programmes for faculty of education. Currently she anchors a Post Graduation Certification programme for faculty of education offered by TISS.

Mythili has offered her consultancy to a number of organisations and been in the panel of committees on teacher education curriculum renewal and reforms. She is currently a member of the Institutional Advisory Board of Regional Institute of Education, NCERT, Mysore.

Sonia Sawhney

Dr.Sonia Sawhney

Sonia Sawhney has been an Assistant Professor with the TISS-Azim Premji School of Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad since 2013. Her research interests are in the areas of inclusive education and special educational needs, equity and social justice, child rights and socio-emotional well-being in schools. She pursues these interests by engaging in research, teaching, publishing, conducting workshops and developing curriculum.

Her MPhil. and Doctoral research in the field of education involved engaging with educational experiences, disciplinary practices and emotional well-being in inclusive schools. Before moving to TISS, she has worked as a teacher educator, an English and Social Science teacher and a junior headmistress at the primary school level.

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