MA Special and Inclusive Education

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Programme Description

MA Special and Inclusive Education

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Overview

This course offers a comprehensive focus on contemporary debates within special and inclusive education including local, national and international policies and approaches.

We consider the specific needs of children with learning difficulties and disabilities, communication impairments, literacy difficulties/dyslexia, autism and SEBD/ADHD to illustrate the challenges encountered in professional practice.

Critical exploration of current theory and research inform consideration of pedagogical approaches as well as the development of effective systems and structures for working with parents/carers and different agencies.

This course is suitable if you are interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of children and young people with special educational needs, working as a teacher or associated professional in mainstream education or specialised settings wishing to extend your skills and practice, an experienced professional, or new to working with children with additional needs. It provides high-quality professional development and flexibility for you to explore areas and specialisms that interest you.

You will be supported by:

  • friendly tutors with a breadth and depth of knowledge, understanding and skills developed through experience in the field
  • interactive and collaborative teaching methods promoting shared enquiry
  • individual and group tutorials
  • emphasis on formative feedback to support you to successfully complete assessments
  • access to extensive study materials from libraries and online sources
  • a seminar programme linked to the course which you can access if you live locally
  • opportunities to discuss approaches with other experienced practitioners

If you are not currently working in a teaching environment, we will support you to gain placements in local schools, offering you the opportunity to experience local practice and the potential to conduct small scale research projects.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the modules, and would have no hesitation recommending the course to colleagues.

I have not only enjoyed the intellectual challenge of the modules and the assignments but also the opportunity to study with colleagues from a range of backgrounds. And not least, my tutors have proved not only experts in their fields but also able to pass their knowledge on to their students.

Tutors

  • Dr Edward Sellman (contact for academic enquiries)
  • Dr Anne Emerson
  • Dr Debra Costley

Key facts

  • 200 years of experience in the field of education
  • 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent

Course details

The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.

Placements

If you are not currently working in a teaching environment, we will support you to gain placements in local schools, offering you the opportunity to experience local practice and the potential to conduct small scale research projects.

Assessment

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word reflective essay, research design or literature-based review, or a presentation accompanied by a 4,000-word commentary. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Applying

To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:

UK, EU and international fee status: part-time only

  • Start date:25 January 2018
  • Application deadline: 4 January 2018

International fee status: full and part-time

  • Start date: 24 September 2018
  • Application deadline:13 August 2018

UK and EU fee status: full and part-time

  • Start date:24 September 2018
  • Application deadline:3 September 2018

UK, EU and international fee status: part-time only

  • Start date:24 January 2019
  • Application deadline:3 January 2019

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.

Modules

Core

  • Debating Special and Inclusive Education
  • Researching Special and Inclusive Education
  • Relationships and Behaviour
  • Communication and Literacy
  • Dissertation

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

Careers

This course provides a solid grounding for a career a diverse range of areas including classroom/learning support, special education, coordinating provision for children with special needs, leadership within special education and policy/administration.

It supports career progression through:

  • evaluating effective approaches to supporting disabled children and young people including those with moderate to severe and complex learning difficulties and/or personal, social, emotional and behaviour difficulties
  • exploring values and beliefs, policy, legislation, multi-agency working and involvement of families and disabled children and young people
  • building confidence in your professional practice skills
  • promoting personal development through reflection and critical analysis of your own beliefs and practices

Increasing your academic and research skills will support future doctorate level study including, for example, a Doctorate in education or educational psychology or PhD Special Educational Needs.

Coordinators and inclusion managers who have completed the National Award SEN Coordination can select modules from this programme to advance to a full MA qualification.

Employability and average starting salary

99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) or a relevant professional qualification in education, psychology, teacher training or a caring-related discipline

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 27, 2017
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