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Poland: Standardisation of special education teacher position

07 November 2022
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The implementation of the first stage of standardisation of the employment of special education teachers in pre-schools and schools started on 1 September 2022. In connection with these changes, the qualification requirements’ for this group of teachers has been specified.  The legal background of the  proposed changes are included in the draft amendment to the Regulation of the Minister of National Education of 1 August 2017, on detailed qualifications required of teachers.

In this context the position of special education teacher in mainstream and integrated preschools and schools will be open to teachers with:

  • an uniform master's degree in special education,
  • an uniform master's degree or first- or second-cycle studies in special pedagogy,
  • an uniform master's degree or first- or second-cycle studies in pedagogy and a completed qualification course or postgraduate studies in special pedagogy or in inclusive education.

Until 31 August 2026, the position of special education teacher will also be open to holders of the following requirements:

  • qualified to occupy the position of a teacher in pre-school and classes I-III of primary school and, in addition, have completed postgraduate studies in the field of early support of child development - this applies to mainstream and integrated pre-schools,
  • qualified to work in pre-schools, mainstream and integrated schools as specified by regulations, and has completed a qualification course or post-graduate studies in special pedagogy.

The draft amendment to the regulation also changes the qualification requirements for teachers of pre-schools, schools and special branches organised in therapeutic institutions (e.g. hospitals). This group of teachers will not be required to have qualifications in therapeutic or medical pedagogy.

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Source:  Eurydice Unit Poland

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