Pedagogical University of Cracow

The Pedagogical University of Cracow was established in 1946. For over 70 years it has taken the lead among pedagogical higher education institutions in Poland, and it is also the oldest Pedagogical University in Poland. It is exceptional because of its high prestige, professional education and modernity.

The mission of the Pedagogical University is exercised by professional and experienced teaching staff who apply modern and up to date teaching content. It is also expressed through scientific research, outlining new fields of scientific development, transmitting knowledge, and developing and enriching the personalities of its graduates by educating them according to the highest European standards.

To our students we offer the latest achievements in the Humanities, and also in Social, Educational, Natural, Technical and Art studies. Our educational provision enables students to apply to several dozen fields of studies in first-cycle (Bachelor’s) and second-cycle (Master’s) degree programmes, as well as in third-cycle degree studies (Ph.D.), and post-graduate study courses.

Joanna Kossewska

Joanna Kossewska is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology of the Pedagogical University in Cracow. She is graduated at the Jagiellonian University and specialised in rehabilitation psychology. She is experienced in working in international research project as well as coordinator of two of them in the field of autism such as: “How to talk to be understood” - self-education program of social communication for autistic adults (Grundtvig 2007-2009) and Vocational Education with Embedded Social Inclusion Tactics for Autistic people (VESTA) (Leonardo da Vinci 2012-2014). Those projects were aimed at developing training materials for improving competences of people with autism. She is an author or co-author of many publications in the field of autism as well as sensory impairments.

Selected publications

Kossewska, J. (2016). Studies on deafness in an ecological system context Kraków: Wydawnictwo JAK

Kliś, M., Kossewska, J., Czajkowski W. (2006). Studies on Communication and Coping with Stress. Kraków: WN AP

Uwarunkowania postaw - nauczyciele i inne grupy zawodowe wobec integracji szkolnej dzieci niepełnoprawnych [Determinants of attitudes - teachers and other professionals towards school integration of disabled children] (2000).

Kossewska, J., Bryniarska, A (2017). Adults with HF-ASD in loving relationships. A research report. Annales Universitates Paedagogicae Cracoviensis. Studia Psychologica X, 69-78. She is also engaged is supporting NGOs for people with autism and their families. For many years she has undertaken voluntary work in the Board of the Krakow Branch of National Society for Autism as well as Community of Hope Foundation.

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Sylwia Niemiec

Sylwia Niemiec is a lecturer in the Institute of Special Needs Education and teacher in the school for children with intellectual disability and also sensory integration therapist. She is a co-author of the postgraduate program "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Diagnosis, Therapy, Educating and Support". Her researches focuses on the challenging behaviors of children with disabilities.

She is an author or co-author of many publications in the field of education and rehabilitation of people with disabilities.

Selected publications:

Bochenek K., Niemiec-Elanany S. (2017), Wpływ stymulacji sensomotorycznej na poprawę funkcjonowania dzieci z niepełnosprawnością intelektualną – analiza przypadku chłopca z autyzmem, [w:] P. Majewicz, M. Kościółek, E. Dyduch (red.) Psychoedukacja w procesie wspomagania rehabilitacji osób z niepełnosprawnością, Kraków, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UP, ISBN 978-83-8084-065-2, s. 167-186.

Niemiec-Elanany S. (2017), Niepełnosprawność intelektualna a zaburzenia psychiczne. Niepełnosprawność - Dyskursy Pedagogiki Specjalnej, nr 25/2017, s. 192-201,  ISSN 2080-9476.

Niemiec-Elanany S., Pruski P., Marcinkowski P. (2017), Teoria integracji sensorycznej w praktyce pedagogicznej [w:] ГУМАНІТАРНА КОРПУС, випуск 9, Вінниця, s. 118-126. ISBN 978-966-924-479-6

Niemiec-Elanany S., Komunikacyjna funkcja zachowań trudnych
u osób z głębszą niepełnosprawnością intelektualną, Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis, Studia Paedagogica, Wydawnictwo Naukowe UP.

Tamara Cierpiałowska

Ph. D., Assistant Professor at the Institute of Special Education at Pedagogical University in Cracow, speech therapist and sensory integration therapist. Research interests: psychosocial and educational problems of SEN children functioning (including ASD syndrome) in integrated and inclusive classes (Cierpiałowska, Baraniewicz, 2008), support the development of people with disabilities in the process of overcoming the limitations and the search for meaning life (Cierpiałowska, 2013, 2019) and support communication development of children with disabilities (Cierpiałowska, 2013). The author of the monograph about education students with disabilities at university education University students with disabilities. Selected problems of educational and psychosocial functioning (2009), co-editor of books Theory and practice of preventive interactions that support the development of people with disabilities, v.1 (2011), Chosen topics of supporting persons with disabilities (2013) and author of numerous articles and chapters in books and journals. In the years 2014-2017 a member of the international team implementing the Erasmus + project: Inclusive Education Socio-Psychological, Educational and Social Aspects (No. 2014-1-LT01-KA200-000595) (Cierpiałowska, 2017; Kijak, Cierpiałowska, Kossewska, 2017a; 2017b).

Selected publications:

Baran, J., Cierpiałowska, T., Plutecka, K.(ed.). (2013). Chosen Topics of Supporting Persons with a Disability (p.201). Kraków: “Impuls”.

Baraniewicz, D., Cierpiałowska, T. (2008). Integration class teachers, their competences and cooperation. In: T. Żółkowska, M. Wlazło (ed.), Special pedagogy within theoretical and practical dimension (pp. 215-221). Szczecin: University of Szczecin.

Cierpiałowska, T. (2009). Studenci z niepełnosprawnością. Wybrane problemy funkcjonowania edukacyjnego i psychospołecznego. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Naukowe UP.

Cierpiałowska,T. (2017). Educational Interaction of Pupils’ Parents: Polish Case. In: A. Galkiene (ed.), Inclusion in Socio_Educational Frames. Inclusive School Cases in Four European Countries (pp. 420-430). Vilnius: The publishing house of the Lituanian University of Eduacational Sciences.

Cierpiałowska, T. (2008). Wsparcie młodzieży z niepełnosprawnością w procesie zdobywania wyższego wykształcenia. In: T. Żółkowska, M. Wlazło (ed.), Socjopedagogiczne aspekty rehabilitacji osób niepełnosprawnych, (pp. 495-501). Szczecin: Uniwersytet Szczeciński.

Cierpiałowska, T. (2019). Poza granice niepełnosprawności. Transgresja: uwarunkowania-mechanizmy-efekty w (re)konstrukcjach autobiograficznych osób bez barier. Kraków: Wydawnictwo naukowe UP.

Elżbieta Lubińska-Kościółek

Elżbieta Lubińska-Kościółek received Ph. D in special pedagogy at the Pedagogical University of Cracow. She is a lecturer in the Institute of Special Needs Education and the deputy director of the Center “Pro Futuro” for Support for People with Disabilities with the Application of Modern Technologies. She is a co-author of the postgraduate program "Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Diagnosis, Therapy, Educating and Support"

She practices as a ECI therapist and she is experienced as a special education needs teacher.

Her researches focuses on the interdisciplinary diagnosis of children with disabilities. She is also interested on outsider art. She is an author or co-author of many publications in the field of education and rehabilitation of people with disabilities.

Selected publications:

Lubińska- Kościółek E, Zielińska J., Wołoszczuk K. (2018), Psychological diagnosis and quantitative electroencephalography analysis in cognitive rehabilitation for people with Down syndrome, Hrvatska revija za rehabilitacijska istraživanja, Vol. 54 No. 2

Lubińska-Kosciółek E. (2017), Spotkanie z art brut. Kraków: Wyd. Naukowe UP
[Meeting with art brut]

Lubińska – Kościółek E.,Wołoszczuk K. (2016), Ocena i wspomaganie zdolności intelektualnych uczniów szkoły specjalnej, Kraków: Wyd. Naukowe UP [Assessment and support of the cognitive development of students at a special school]

Lubińska Kościółek E., Dyduch E. (2010), Models of specialist’ cooperation in the process of diagnosing a child with intellectual disability, [w:] A. Vančová, D. Tarcsiová, S. Šuverová (red.), Trendy a novévýzvy v špecjálnejpedagogike : zborníkpríspevkov z III. Medzinárodnej špeciálno pedagogickej konferencie konanej v dňach 23. a 24. septembra 2010 v Bratislave, IRIS, Bratysława

Anna Bombińska-Domżał

Anna Bombińska-Domżał is an assistant professor at the Department of Pedagogy at the Pedagogical University in
Krakow. She is an expert in special education children with mental disorders and therapeutic pedagogy. She gained practical experience also as a special teacher at the inclusive and special school.

She is experienced in working in international research projects.Two of them were conducted in the field of inclusion children and people with disability: „Inclusive Education: Socio-Psychological, Educational and Social Aspects” (2014–2017), and "Museums without barriers", (2007-2013) Cross-Border Cooperation Program Poland - Belarus – Ukraine. During these projects realization, she was responsible e.g. for substantive consultations and preparation of materials for the conference crowning the project.

She is an author or co-author of many publications in the field of inclusion and integration system of education children with special needs and autism. For many years she has been cooperating with Polish Association of Behavioural Therapy. She is also engaged is supporting NGOs for people with Asperger Syndrome and their families. She’s involved in the activities for the Association for People with Asperger Syndrome and their Families “I am A.S.” (Asperger Syndrome) "Raising the Quality of Life of People with Asperger Syndrome". In the project she developed: Student Education Standards Project with Asperger Syndrome (2014r). She is also the mother of a 12-year-old with Asperger Syndrome.

Małgorzata Płoszaj

Małgorzata is the assistant at the Department of Psychology at the Pedagogical University in Krakow ( She graduated in Education and Child Development at the University of Pedagogy, Krakow

  • second M.A. degree in Psychology at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poland, involved in research under the supervision of Professor Tadeusz Galkowski.
  • completed a Graduate Certificate (GCert) in ‘Arts for Change,’ Facilitating Creative and Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People at the University of Roehampton in UK and worked there for one academic year
  • 18 years of experience implementing appropriate intervention techniques and strategies for handling and shaping challenging behaviour of children
  • 8 years of experience conducting diagnostic assessment with children with use of Bayley Scales of Infant Development II, Wechsler Scales, Stanford Binet (SB-IV)
  • Experience with the diagnostic assessment of ASD in children
  • Resources and techniques for assisting the challenging behaviours
  • Provided one-to-one assistance as needed for children with disabilities (ASD, ADHD, CP, Down Syndrome)
  • Maintained records, followed lesson plans and prepared instructional materials as directed
  • involved in the educational activities of students, educators and psychologists, training courses organised by the Krakow Institute for Education Development
  • Numerous training courses in developmental disorders, therapy, and autism in Poland and abroad (London, San Diego)
  • Participation in national and international conferences
  • Interested in child psychology, literature, photography, travelling, climbing, skiing


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