B.Ed. Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

Suvidya Centre of Special Education was the first college in India to conduct the B.Ed. Special Education (ASD) Program when its curriculum was developed by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), New Delhi in 2015.

The program prepares students to become teachers competent to teach children with disabilities and in particular children with ASD in special and inclusive school settings.

Course Duration

The duration of the B.Ed. Special Education (ASD) is 2 years consisting of 4 semesters.

Course Content: It provides a credit-based holistic curriculum that enables a trainee teacher to be eligible for teaching children at both primary and secondary school levels. The prescribed curriculum consists of Core papers (e.g. Education in Contemporary India, Human Development, and Psychology of Learning) that are also taught in B.Ed. (General Education) Program. Besides preparing the trainee teachers to work with children with autism, the curriculum includes courses that prepare them to work effectively with children with other disabilities. This curricular provision has been made in response to the inclusive education movement. The course content ensures enhancement of professional capacity of teacher trainees by inculcating practice of reading and reflecting, scientific thinking, and employing art and drama for effective teaching and learning. The Theory and Practicum components of the curriculum are mutually relevant and complementary.

Recognition: The 2-year program is affiliated to University of Mumbai, and recognized by the RCI. As per the RCI norms the Program has 30 seats only.

Eligibility: Admission to the B.Ed. Special Education (ASD) program is open to graduate/postgraduate of arts, science, commerce and humanities (with minimum 50% marks), and graduate/postgraduate of Fine Arts,  Performing Arts,  Business administration, Engineering, Computer Science , Information Technology (with minimum 55% marks) from University of Mumbai and any other University recognized by UGC. A candidate must pass the B.Ed. Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted Government of Maharashtra. The details about CET are available at

Job Opportunities: After acquiring a Degree in B.Ed. Special Education (ASD), a teacher can work

  • In general schools (including international schools) as resource room teacher or itinerant teacher
  • In a special school (including intervention centres)
  • As a private practitioner

Short Term Course in ASD

Many professionals working in the field of disability, and parents of children with ASD find it vital to understand the nature and characteristics of ASD. They also sense the need to learn specific research – driven techniques essential in training and rehabilitating such persons. However, it is difficult for these professionals and parents to attend a full-time course in ASD. SOPAN realized this growing need and designed a course that would meet the requirement. After inception of Suvidya Centre of Special Education in 2015, the program is being conducted under the aegis of the college.

The Short Term Course in ASD is a capacity building program for in-service teachers, professionals, and parents of children with autism. The Course purports to develop an understanding about the nature and needs of children with autism, and focuses on providing hands on experience of working with such children. The Course has been running annually since 2007. It has been a popular choice as a continued professional development program for a range of practitioners, such as teachers, therapists, psychologists, counsellors and doctors. Many parents who want to understand the needs of their child with autism and how to help the child, have also attended the Course.

Course Duration

The Short Term Course is completed in 12 weeks.

Course Content:

  • Theory papers: 3
  • Practicum: 4

Commencement, Time and Days: The Course typically runs from mid-July to mid-October. The lectures are held for 6 hours on every Saturday for 12 weeks.

Eligibility: A participant should have a minimum qualification of HSC or12th Standard. Preferably, he/she should be familiar with English Language.

Certification: All participants, who have attended the entire course and have successfully completed the theory and practicum assignments, are awarded a Certificate issued by Suvidya Centre of Special Education.

Course in Shadow Teaching

With the implementation of the Right to Education Act, many children with disabilities are given admission in general schools. However, schools often request that the child be supported by a person to cope with the demands of the curriculum. Such a person, also called ‘shadow teacher’ is expected to help the child within the classroom.

The Certificate Course in Shadow Teaching has been designed to address the need of supporting inclusive education of children with disabilities. It aims to provide the knowledge and skills required by a shadow teacher. The objective is to develop competence and capacity by orienting a course participant to nature and needs of children with disabilities, and exposing him/her to appropriate teaching and management strategies required to help such children.

Course Duration

The Course in Shadow Teaching is of 4-weeks’ duration

Course Content:

  • Theory papers: 2
  • Practicum: 3

Commencement, Time and Days: The Course begins in July every year. The content (both theory and practicum) is covered through the week from Monday to Friday from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.

Eligibility: A participant must have SSC or 10th Standard certificate. Familiarity with English is preferred.

Certification: A participant must have SSC or 10th Standard certificate. Familiarity with English is preferred.