Being a part of the master’s course in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion has been illuminating to say the least! From the lectures I have grown my knowledge and more than ready to move onto to work, or even take on a PhD. The lecturers are welcoming, knowledgeable (seriously I could listen to them talk about their research for days on end) and empathetic and by attending this course I not only leave with a greater understanding of my field, I leave with friends that I will stay in touch with once university is over.

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion student

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Duration:

1 year

Location(s):

Canterbury
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Overview

The MA Special Needs and Inclusion will help you gain the necessary understanding, from a theoretical point of view, to become a more effective practitioner in the whole-of-life special needs sector. This course is designed to support rigorous and critical development by exploring the interfaces between theory, practice and policy for people with special needs by a number of social agencies (such as social care, health care, education and technological support) from before birth to death. 

The MA Special Educational Needs and Inclusion is a distinct course designed to meet the growing need for professionals to have the skills and theoretical understanding necessary to work in different fields and across the life span.

The course provides a stepping stone to both professional leadership responsibilities and to doctoral study, such as our EdD or PhD programmes.

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) and two supporting academic/professional references.

We recognise that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may be desirable candidates with other and appropriate skills and knowledge. In this case they may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate their ability to work at level 7. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For full details, visit our dedicated English Language Requirements web page.

2:2
Honours degree or equivalent

All about the course

You will be supported in developing a reflective and critical understanding in relation to contemporary issues and challenges within this field of study, which includes consideration of your own experience and viewpoint. Local, national and international perspectives are brought to bear on often complex and unpredictable circumstances and on the challenges that arise in local contexts.

Concepts engaged with are problematised in relation to established and emerging theory, allowing for critical examination of the evidence-base for professional development and organisational improvement.

Module information

Full-time (1 year)

Trimester 1

Trimester 2

Trimester 3

Core module: Developing Criticality

Core module: Research in Context

 

 

 

 

Core Module: Dissertation

Specialist module: Perspectives on Special Needs and Inclusion

Specialist module:

Inclusive and Assistive Technology

Specialist module:

The Psychology of Special Needs

 

Either

Negotiated Project

OR

Professional & Career Development

 

Part-time (2 years)

 

Trimester 1

Trimester 2

Trimester 3

Year 1

Core module: Developing Criticality

 

Specialist module: Perspectives on Special Needs and Inclusion

Core module: Research in Context

 

 

Either

Negotiated Project

OR

Professional & Career Development

Year 2

Specialist module: The Psychology of Special Needs

 

 

Specialist module:

Inclusive and Assistive Technology

Core Module: Dissertation

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

You will study study three core and three optional modules as well as completing your dissertation.

You will study three core modules in your first year and three optional modules in the second year as well as completing you dissertation. Sessions are designed to fit around a typical working day and take place during the evening.

You will be encouraged and supported to work collaboratively with fellow students, and to explore your individual interests. Blended learning materials are available to support you.

To maximise flexibility, we offer a blended learning experience combining face to face teaching with online provision. You will study using a variety of strategies involving you as an active participant in the process of learning. All learning is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) as well as other digital media.

You will be encouraged to work closely with your peers. As you study, you will have the opportunity to develop your own research and specialist areas of expertise, based on personal interests and professional experiences. Individual and group tutorials are offered to support this. You will also be encouraged to reflect on the ways your learning supports your professional and career development. Individual supervision forms an essential part of work on the dissertation module. You will be assigned a Personal Academic Tutor to support your learning.

All our tutors are experienced and research-active academics recognised as experts in their field.

How you’ll be assessed

Each Module has its own assessment. These take on a wide range of formats, including poster presentations, oral presentations and portfolios; in addition to the more traditional essay.

You will write a dissertation (15,000 words or equivalent) as the final summative assessment for the MA.

Your future career

After the successful completion of the course, you may wish to continue onto a doctorate in this area.

Past students have gone into career areas such as SENCO/Inclusion Management, outdoor learning, health, social care, criminal justice, voluntary sector, and businesses providing specialist special educational needs services.

Fees

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £8,160 £13,000
Part-time £4,080 N/A

20% Alumni Discount

We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

Find out if you're eligible for the discount.

 

Important Information on Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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Duration:

1 year

Location(s):

Canterbury
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