Third-year Studentships and Teachers' University Studentships
On completion of the two-year college course, a student may, if his academic and professional work are of a good standard, be selected to spend a third year at a teachers' college, in lieu of the probationary year, in order to pursue specialised study in speech therapy or music. In 1965, 130 students have been selected under the new Teachers' University Studentship scheme for full-time university study before they begin their professional studies, after their first year at a teachers' college, or at the end of their college course. Until recently third-year specialist studies were also available in art and crafts, physical education and nature study as preparation for itinerant work in the schools, and in the education of the deaf as preparation for teaching in one of the schools for the deaf. Now, however, applications are invited from teachers with a few years' experience to undertake specialist courses of training lasting two terms in physical education, art and crafts, and education of the deaf. The traditional third-year courses of training in these subjects and in nature study have been discontinued.