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The MA in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (DL) degree is suitable for teachers or other educational professionals around the world who want to progress their career with a highly specialised postgraduate qualification in SEND Education.
This course will allow you to focus on studying the issues around SEND that interest you most. Many of the modules have the flexibility to allow you to focus on areas that will be of use to your professional practice, providing a clear progression route into a career where you can help attain better outcomes for children and young people with SEND. Throughout the degree, you will enhance your research skills at masters level, as well as collaborate with others to develop your own knowledge of Special Educational Needs whilst benefitting from the global perspectives our diverse cohorts bring.
The content of the MA SEND (DL) is delivered entirely through distance learning, providing a flexible way to achieve a masters qualification, whether you're studying in the UK or overseas. Find out more about the benefits of distance learning.
Your progress on the MA SEND (DL) course will be assessed through written assignments, including a 15,000 word Practitioner Enquiry project (or similar), and oral and written presentations. Throughout the degree, you will have one-to-one support from your Personal Academic Tutor.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that a masters degree requires a higher level of independent working, which will be supported by group discussions, micro-lectures and support from a team of highly qualified staff.
As this SEND course is delivered via distance learning, you can study it from anywhere in the world that has good internet access, as learning materials will be e-books, online journal papers and other online resources.
Explore the principles and practice of conducting educational research, including research design, research paradigms, data collection, management and analysis, as well as the politics and ethics involved in educational research. Develop your own research knowledge and ability, through engaging with a variety of relevant critical literature. Consider a range of approaches to educational research through case studies of current and recent research projects.
Grow your knowledge of critical thinking and explore the importance of this in the broader context of education. Develop skills in self-assessment, mental flexibility, creativity, interpretation and argument. Draw on various theoretical approaches that can then be applied to very different educational contexts.
Complete a substantial piece of research within your chosen field of study or professional practice, with the support of an allocated supervisor. Gain an in-depth understanding of your specialist area by answering a research question, the proposal for which will have been examined in the Research Methods in Education module.
Approaches to Learning for Learners with Special and Additional Needs (30 credits)
Consider the breadth of approaches to learning available to pupils with special and/or additional needs. Examine behaviourist and child-centred approaches, communication and learning. Focus not only on the issues of learning for those traditionally identified as having special needs, but also on those who have additional needs, for example, EAL, Gifted and Talented, and Looked After Children.
Examine the diverse physical, psychological, intellectual, social and emotional difficulties which may be encountered by children and young people. Explore a variety of difficulties ranging from behavioural issues, sensory/physical impairment, language development and communication difficulties. Consider the different levels of analysis from within-individual to systemic and the close relationship between conceptualisation and forms of intervention. Investigate, in depth, the issues surrounding the practical application of a differentiated scheme of work designed to address the learning needs of a child/adult with an identified area of difficulty that presents as a barrier to effective learning.
Gender and Diversity (30 credits)
Explore the concept of gender diversity in relation to inclusive and representative education for all pupils- including transgender and cisgender children. Learn about gender diversity and develop the reflective and analytical ability to be adaptive and flexible in response to a dynamic and fast evolving field. Develop contemporary knowledge of the topic, as well as the skills to foster an inclusive, representative and supportive pedagogical approach and learning environment for all students.
Causes and Implications of Barriers to Learning for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (30 credits)
Critically explore the cause of the barriers to learning that SEND needs can engender, including the impact of Government policy, adverse childhood experiences and day-to-day practice within a range of health, education and care contexts. Examine the impact of evidence-based staff knowledge, understanding and skills and the importance of prompt identification and assessment of SEND. Consider the importance of co-production with caregivers, learners with SEND and professional organisations to improve participation and outcomes across the life-course.
Approaches to Learning for Learners with Special and Additional Needs (30 credits)
Consider the breadth of approaches to learning available for pupils with special and/or additional needs. Focus on behaviourist and child-centred approaches, communication and learning. Explore the issues of learning for those who are traditionally identified as having special needs, but also for those who have additional needs, for example EAL, Gifted and Talented and Looked After Children.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article
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We usually require applicants to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent.
We also expect you to have experience of working in education; this may be as a teacher or in another capacity in the field of education. A recognised teaching qualification is desirable but not essential.
Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening.
The fee for this course is £8,219.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
The MA SEND (DL) degree is ideal for teachers and people working in educational management who want to quickly progress their careers in a wide variety of occupations in educational settings. If you are already working in a relevant field, you will graduate with enhanced potential for progression professionally.
The knowledge and skills you develop will also transfer to many other sectors, particularly education policy and government. Some of the industries you may be able to go into with this degree include teaching and education, local government, the charity sector, family liaison, advocacy, inclusion support, and teaching assistance. Please note that this course does not qualify you as a teacher.
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