MA Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education

General

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Program Description

In an age of austerity and globalisation, what do we mean by inclusion? Is it possible to develop an inclusive curriculum? How does inclusive education influence social justice?

Explore the ways practitioners generate knowledge across the field of inclusive education and disability. Reflect on your understanding of special educational needs (SEN). Examine alternative approaches to inclusion and diversity in education.

This masters degree focuses on the hidden voices in education. Rather than exploring a particular category of SEN, you’ll consider the critical issues for equality and diversity.

You’ll question the way we educate and look at alternative ways to encourage the inclusion of children and adults who are marginalised from typical ways of learning.

We emphasise the importance of understanding different perspectives and investigating where your position lies within current debates. We challenge you to rethink your ideas about education, to critique your views, and to think about the implications for policy and practice.

You’ll explore some of the wider questions related to theory, policy and practice in the field of inclusion, disability and SEN. Questions such as: How can education promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society? How should we understand the complexities of inclusive education in a rapidly changing world?

Typically, you’ll study three core units and two option units. These option units give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the areas you’re passionate about, such as global policy or disability and difference.

Your final assignment is a dissertation and you’ll choose the topic based on your interests and experience.

Features and Benefits

  • You’ll consider the critical issues for equity and diversity across the field of special educational needs.
  • You can tailor each assignment to focus on the context of your own professional setting or country.
  • Choose option units that reflect your career aspirations and interests.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete a Practice-Based Project, where you can develop a practical community project.
  • This course is one of four courses that make up our full-time masters in education courses. You’ll have some study sessions with students on our other full-time courses allowing you to collaborate across specialisms and be part of a lively, postgraduate community of learners.

Course Information

Our course enables you to deepen your understanding of how to develop more inclusive practice. You’ll focus on the context of your own professional setting or country so that you can apply the knowledge you learn.

In the first term, you’ll typically study the research design process, including how to formulate research questions and data collection approaches. This is to help you learn the skills you’ll need for your dissertation.

In the second term (January onwards), you’ll normally have the opportunity to choose two option units.

You might choose the Practice-Based Project, where you can develop a practical community project. You could investigate global issues affecting policy and childhood, perhaps exploring how children living in poverty develop skills. Or, you might conduct a critical analysis of social justice in a particular region.

You’ll usually begin working on your dissertation in the second term, too. You’re allocated a supervisor and you’ll have enhancement sessions to support you with tasks such as literature reviews, writing for academic purposes, and data analysis.

You can also attend the regular research seminars run by our on-campus research group, the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI). This includes our weekly ‘beginner’s guide’ lectures where guest speakers discuss theories. Past topics include Alfred North Whitehead, Jacques Lacan, and Michel Foucault.

Over your one year course, you'll cover the following units:

Core units

  • Understanding Inclusive Education
  • Introduction to Educational and Social Research Design
  • Dissertation

Option units

You'll choose two option units from:

  • Collaborative Research Project
  • Globalisation, Social Justice and Social Change
  • Identity, Equality and Empowerment in Childhood
  • Independent Study
  • Key Issues in Managing Diversity, Disability and Special Educational Needs
  • Practice-based Project
  • Transformative and Ethical Leadership in Educational Settings

Placement options

Although there isn’t a formal placement for this course, you can visit an educational setting to observe lessons and teaching methods through the option unit Practice-Based Project.

Usually, you’ll identify an area of interest and create a proposal that includes the location you’d like to visit. For example, you might observe science lessons in a secondary school.

Your assignment for the unit reflects your observations and the implications for future practice. This gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge to your role.

Your placement can be in any educational setting, such as a museum, school or charity.

Study and assessment breakdown

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time 55% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 45% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination

Entry requirements

You will have a degree, postgraduate diploma or professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an undergraduate 2:2 UK honours degree. Other qualifications or experience may be considered.

English language requirements

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU Students

  • Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £2,125 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island Students

  • Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £2,667 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Other costs

  • Optional estimate: £600

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Career Prospects

You could develop your career across the education sector within mainstream and specialist settings. Many of our students have gone into management and advisory positions related to inclusion and diversity in schools and other educational settings.

Teachers who take the PgCert (NASENCO) as part of their MA may become Special Educational Needs Coordinators in schools; others may develop specialisms in areas of special educational needs, such as autism or dyslexia.

You might continue studying, beginning a PGCE to become a teacher or starting a research degree (MPhil, EdD or PhD).

Last updated Aug 2020

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