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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Special Educational Needs

Programme code:MA-ED/SN-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Paula Clarke Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally a first degree, qualified teacher status and 3 years of relevant professional experience

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Education

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Education

Programme specification:

- The programme is structured in such a way as to meet the professional development needs of teachers and associated professionals working both in mainstream and more specialised contexts. It has as its central concern the promotion of effective educational practice for pupils with special educational needs, through increasing participants' knowledge of current legislation, reports and relevant research; and promoting their understanding of the nature of SEN and of strategies which may best support the learning and achievement of pupils, including collaborative partnerships with others - pupils, parents, colleagues, learning support assistants, external support agencies, etc.

- The programme aims to:
> address critically current issues in the field of special educational needs and to relate these to participants' professional practice;
> analyse and evaluate evidence concerning effective strategies for promoting high quality teaching and learning for pupils with special educational needs; and
> promote participants' professional reflectiveness and analytical skills.

- The programme is informed by current legislation, governmental and inspection reports, and by national and international research evidence. Programme tutors are themselves active researchers in the field of special educational needs. The approach encouraged throughout is a reflective and questioning one.

- Two routes are provided through the programme, one of which is designed for UK-based and one for international participants. Each has a core module which provides a framework of up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, research and practice across the full continuum of special educational provision, set against either UK or international policy contexts.

- UK and international students come together in the optional modules, which each address principles and practical strategies for promoting effective practice in key aspects of special educational needs. Included are both taught and directed study modules. These are designed to allow participants some flexibility to tailor their route through the programme according to the requirements of their schools or services and their own professional development needs. The Critical Study provides further flexibility, offering the opportunity for individualised school-focused study.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study and pass the following compulsory module:

EDUC5430MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
EDUC5610MSpecial Educational Needs: Inclusive Approaches30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EDUC5611MSpecial Educational Needs: Inclusive Curriculum30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study 60 credits and pass at least 30 credits from the list of optional modules below:

EDUC5039MCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EDUC5049MUnderstanding pedagogy through evidence-based enquiry  credits 
EDUC5053MDirected Study in Education 130 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EDUC5811MDevelopmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EDUC5812MDevelopmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EDUC5867MChildren's family and personal relationships30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 05/07/2021 12:43:14


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