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The MA SEN (ASD) course is unique in Wales, and for professionals working in the field of social care, education, health or the third sector, who have contact with children or adults on the Autism Spectrum. Read more
The MA SEN (ASD) course is unique in Wales, and for professionals working in the field of social care, education, health or the third sector, who have contact with children or adults on the Autism Spectrum. The course is also available to parents or carers who wish to further their knowledge and understanding on Autism at Masters level.

This is the only course that offers study at this level. As such, it attracts a wide range of students from all over south Wales and the west of England. European and international students regularly choose the University of South Wales for their studies, and currently Greece, Malta, the USA, India and Pakistan are all represented.

The MA SEN (ASD) course has a committed team of professionals working in the field of Autism who are happy to share their expertise. In addition, the university also offers individuals who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition who are happy to share their experiences with the students. This is complemented by workshops, group discussion and student led seminars. The varied teaching approaches encourage students to engage in discussions, exchange views and share expertise.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1159-ma-sen-asd

What you study

In common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the Research Methodology module. In addition, you will study the following three specialist modules:

- Supporting children with ASD – This is an introduction to Autism in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with Autism Spectrum.
- The Autistic Spectrum
- Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

- Dissertation - To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.

Learning and teaching methods

You will learn through a combination of workshops, group discussions and student led seminars.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.

Employment Prospects

Most of our students who study part-time, work in this specific field of work. Our full-time students quickly find work locally within education or the care sector, which offers them opportunities to apply theory to practice.

A Masters degree in Autism is a major boost to a career. Whatever your profession, experience has shown us that success on the course leads to enhanced employment prospects. Parents of children diagnosed with an ASD feel empowered both from their success and the increased insight gained.

A number of students have gone on to present at national and international conferences on an aspect of the autism spectrum. Other students have secured promotion and or employment in organisations that specifically support or educate individuals on the spectrum.

Teaching

As well as a committed team of professionals working in the field of Autism, we have visiting lecturers from:
- The local NHS Trust specialist AS team
- The National Autism Association (Wales)
- Autism Cymru.

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Offered through the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders offers up-to-date post-qualifying training for education, social and health care professionals, and other frontline staff. Read more
Offered through the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders offers up-to-date post-qualifying training for education, social and health care professionals, and other frontline staff. Modules are short and succinct (20 CATS points) and delivered in blended format, i.e. in-class 3-day blocks of teaching supported by online content delivery. Modules can be taken individually for interest or professional development or taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc ASD.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are complex developmental disorders. Severity is based on social communication impairments and restricted repetitive patterns of behaviour (DSM-5). It is estimated that 1:88 individuals and families are affected by ASD (in Northern Ireland 1:56 school children are affected). Increase in awareness of ASD has resulted in the need for training in diagnosis, early intervention, educational provision and support services.

The MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders was developed in consultation with the education, health and social care, and voluntary sectors and individuals affected by ASD. While on the programme, students explore the theories and practice underpinning ASD and have the opportunity to engage in associated experiential work.

In line with the needs identified in the Northern Ireland Executive’s Autism Strategy (2013-2020) and associated Action Plan, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders has been updated and revised and attuned specifically to raising awareness, addressing issues specifically related to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and increasing knowledge of concepts and models of evidence-based interventions. The programme provides a range of specialised practical skills for teaching and supporting pupils and students in a variety of settings; the teamwork skills needed to support and advise colleagues; and, the knowledge and understanding of the special needs of individuals with ASD.

Why Choose ASD at Queen's?

◦As a prestigious Russell Group University, Queen’s is ranked 8th within the UK in relation to research intensity;
◦Education at Queen’s has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014);
◦We provide a professional development opportunity for teachers and other related professionals who work or aspire to work in this specialist area;
◦The programme offers up-to-date post-qualifying training for education, social and health care professionals, and other frontline staff;
◦Modules are short and succinct (20 CATS points) and delivered in blended format, i.e. in-class 3-day blocks of teaching supported by online content delivery;
◦If you don’t want, or need, to study for the research dissertation, flexible exit qualifications are available (PG Diploma/ PG Certificate);
◦You may also undertake individual course modules for interest or professional development without completing a full degree.

Programme Structure

In order to be awarded the MSc, students must successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a dissertation (60 CATS points).

Two exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught pathway modules or an Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS pointsfrom taught pathway modules.

Short Courses

We've made it easy to study for a Masters module as a short course. If you would like to study for one of the modules in the MSc ASD, please contact the Education Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923/ 5032, ) for advice.

Modules

◦An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory)
◦Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change (compulsory)
◦Understanding Adults with ASD (compulsory)
◦Understanding Children with ASD (compulsory)

Optional Module(s) - from the range on offer in the School (entrance criteria apply)

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found their Master’s degree to be beneficial in the workplace when advising colleagues, influencing policy makers and supporting pupils and students. Others progress to Doctoral level studies and research.

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The Autism MA at Northumbria is designed to support ASD professionals and carers develop their knowledge and critical thinking around the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. Read more
The Autism MA at Northumbria is designed to support ASD professionals and carers develop their knowledge and critical thinking around the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. Students explore the needs arising from ASD and the different approaches to meeting these needs, particularly through teaching and learning.

This course offers motivated, passionate people working in the field of autism the opportunity to study for a specialist qualification that will accelerate and focus their contribution towards better lives for people with ASD.

You will learn from leaders in the field of autism. In addition to the highly respected staff based at Northumbria, you will have contact with a cohort of visiting lecturers with key specialisms including aging and autism, the biochemistry of autism, and anxiety and anger management.

Northumbria University is the largest North East provider of CPD in Education, and Ofsted has rated our department ‘outstanding’ for the past 14 years. We are the only university in the UK to have held this accolade for so long.

Learn From The Best

Staff are all leading experts in the field of autism, specialising in areas such as psycho-education, Asperger syndrome and the development of inclusive methodologies. Academic standards are high, but you will also benefit from a practitioner viewpoint.

The Autism MA is for people with experience of ASD, so teaching is at an advanced level. We invite visiting lecturers to connect students with exceptional people and practice in the field of autism. You will learn from specialists in contemporary issues such as mental health resilience, ageing and autism, regional services and communications needs of autistic children.

Teaching And Assessment

The Autism MA offers a flexible framework for busy professionals studying part time. You will benefit from adult learning approaches such as work-based learning. The focus is on enabling students to tailor the course to their own needs.

In the classroom you will engage in a mixture of teacher-led discussions, peer group work and individual presentations. With the core modules we aim to engender Master's level critical understanding of the complex issues around research, policy and practice in autism.

In many cases you will be able to customise the project modules towards your specific area of interest through the selection of your research questions.

In all of the modules that constitute the course, there are both formative and summative assessments. A variety of approaches are used across the framework, including assignments, presentations, portfolios and reports, which will show evidence that you have achieved the learning outcomes.

Module Overview
Year One
TE7046 - Understanding Autism (Core, 30 Credits)
TE7047 - Autism: Social Behaviour and Promoting Learning (Core, 30 Credits)

Year Two
TE7038 - Research Methods in Education and Training (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7048 - Autism - Analysing Issues in Teaching & Learning (Core, 30 Credits)
WB0715 - Preparation for Project Management (Optional, 30 Credits)

Year Three
PP0724 - The Empirical Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
TE7039 - Systematic Appraisal in Education and Training (Optional, 60 Credits)
WB0716 - Work Based Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Northumbria University is the largest North East provider of CPD in Education.

Specialist facilities include the Library and the experiences of fellow students who are all professionals in the field of autism. Peer support is important in developing understanding from a range of perspectives and educational contexts and developing your skills in working collaboratively with others.

You will benefit from technology enhanced learning. Each module within the course will have its own e-learning site. This will enable the sharing of all learning materials, enhance rapid communication with all group members and enable students to use peer forums.

Research-Rich Learning

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has a range of research experience and interests. Academic staff have extensive experience of leading, conducting and managing autism research in all areas of education, from early years and schools to post-compulsory and higher education.

During the course your research will be supported by rigorous critical enquiry and discourse. As a result you will extend, develop and enhance your ability to evaluate and challenge the underlying assumptions surrounding educational policy and practice within the context of autism. In addition, you will develop your capacity to re-interpret practice through participation in the learning and teaching strategies employed throughout the course.

Many students choose to research the key areas of difficulty in autism: social understanding, sensory issues, communication, sexuality and forensic issues.

Give Your Career An Edge

Most students who enrol on the Autism MA are currently employed, and seeking to enhance career opportunities through a specialist knowledge of autism. There is significant evidence that this course will give your career an edge.

Assessments throughout the course offer you opportunities to consider, discuss, analyse and evaluate your practice in relation to theoretical concepts and ideas. This process facilitates critical reflection on work related problems and how they might be resolved.

The skills that are required in such assessments reflect many of the component features of employability, such as independent learning, team working, communication, analysis, critical reflection and self-awareness.

These advanced skills are valued in many fields including teaching, speech therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and social services.

Your Future

The Autism MA will equip you with a valuable range of transferable skills from the academic to the practical and interpersonal. The focus on independent, critically reflective learning, teamwork and self-awareness will ensure that your employability and potential for career progression is escalated.

By undertaking the Masters in Autism, you are laying strong foundations for career development as a leader in autism in organisations such as schools, hospitals, the community, social services inspectorate, the police service, charities and parent organisations.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include the ability to think creatively while at the same time applying rigorous structure to solve complex problems. You will be a big step closer to your goal of improving the lives of people with ASD.

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MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) is for people working with children or young people whose development is affected adversely by difficulties in learning or by behaviour. Read more
MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) is for people working with children or young people whose development is affected adversely by difficulties in learning or by behaviour.

The MA SEN course will be highly beneficial if you’re a teacher from a primary, secondary or special school, or a lecturer from a further education or higher education setting. Also if you are a social worker or police officer, or if you work with young offenders or other caring professions.

Studying the MA SEN, you will enhance your knowledge of the key issues related to special educational needs, and will develop your professional awareness of this area. You’ll experience a course that caters for both academic and practitioner driven interest in special educational needs.

There is a wide range of specialist modules to choose from, providing the opportunity to have a postgraduate course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. MA SEN is also compatible with the TTA SENCo standards, and has been designed to provide continuous professional, academic and personal development.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1237-ma-special-educational-needs-sen

What you study

You will study the specialist core module, Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities.
On completing this module, you will be expected to make a decision to specialise in a particular subject area. You will select two optional modules from the MA Special Educational Needs programme. Examples of modules include:

- Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties - This specialist module relates to the increasing numbers of children and adolescents with problems in understanding (because of poor receptive skills) and in being understood (because of poor expressive skills).

- Specific Learning Difficulties - Focuses not only upon specific difficulties in literacy and numeracy, but addresses the wider spectrum of potentially associated conditions eg Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.

- Child and Adolescent Mental Health - This focuses on the causation, presentation and implications of mental health difficulties in children and young people.

- Supporting Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - This is an introduction to ASD module in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with ASD.

Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules).

- Dissertation
To complete the full MA SEN you go on to study a specific SEN topic that you are interested in and complete a 17,000 word dissertation.

An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research. If you are interested in the possibility of gaining a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities at the University of South Wales.

Assessment methods

Modules are normally assessed by a written assignment of 5,000 words.

Work and Study Placements

Those who undertake the SpLD modules, with a view to gaining accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association, will undertake a specialist teaching practice. For other students, there may be opportunities to link with specialist settings on a voluntary basis.

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Our multi-professional programme in autism is the first of its type in Scotland. The course is available on a full-time, part-time and distance learning basis and is open to. Read more

Why this course?

Our multi-professional programme in autism is the first of its type in Scotland. The course is available on a full-time, part-time and distance learning basis and is open to:
- teachers
- medical and healthcare staff
- educational psychologists
- speech and language therapists
- residential, community care or social work staff
- voluntary sector personnel

The course aims to promote effective practice and develop empathy and understanding of the needs of individuals with autism and their families and carers.

Applications from parents, family members and individuals on the spectrum are welcome.

Study mode and duration:
- Full-time MEd: 12 months
- Part-time PgCert: 12 months, PgDip: 24 months (PgCert, plus further 12 months)
- MEd: additional 12-18 months

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/autism/

You’ll study

On the Certificate programme you’ll study three compulsory modules.
At the Diploma stage you’ll take one further compulsory module, along with two options modules. These two option modules are offered based on those selected for that academic year.
If you’re interested in continuing to Masters level, you’ll undertake the compulsory Research Methods module followed by an individually supervised research project.

Research projects

MEd research projects can be undertaken within your place of employment, nationally or internationally. You’ll be supported in your projects through University links within a range of organisations, such as Autism Initiatives and Scottish Autism.

The National Centre for Autism Studies

The centre has been responsible for a number of key policy and research outputs aimed at improving autism practice throughout Scotland. You’ll have access to these projects which include:
- A National Training Framework for Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dunlop, A-W & MacKay, T. A. W. N. (2004)
- The Autism Toolbox: An Autism Resource for Scottish Schools, Dunlop, A-W., Tait, C., Leask, A.; Glashan, L., Robinson, A. & Marwick, H. (2009)
- Policy into Practice: Accreditation Project Report. A Collaborative Autism Education & Training Project Supporting the Development of ASD Accreditation Standards for Trainers and Developing personal accreditation routes for ASD training participants, Dunlop, A-W., Tait, C. & Robinson, A. (2009)

Guest lecturers

We work with leading autism professionals to provide expert input throughout the modules.
Visiting lecturers include Professor Tommy MacKay who is a practising Educational Psychologist. In addition, Dr Mike McCreadie has a visiting role in the Pg Diploma module. He’s Consultant Clinical Director of Studio III and Lead ATLASS Trainer and his area of specialism is stress management in Autism.

If English is not your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5 with no area less than 6.0

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

The course is available on a full-time, part-time and distance learning basis.
Campus-based modules are taught one evening each week during term time.
Online learning involves attendance at an induction day after which learning is web-based.

Assessment

The nature of assessment is in accordance with the learning outcomes for each specific module. This typically takes the form of a 4,000-word essay or equivalent submission.

Careers

As a graduate, you’ll be able to take an educated understanding of autism into your profession. This course exists to provide professional development to teachers, carers and professionals working with or aiming to work with individuals affected by autism.

Where are they now?

Here’s some roles our graduates are working in:

Job titles include:*
- Deputy Head Teacher
- Family Support Worker
- Primary School Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
- Specialist Support Leader
- Unit Manager

Employers include:
- Local authorities
- Autism Initiatives
- Riverside Childcare
- South Lanarkshire Council

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/

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The MEd in Educational Studies offers flexibility through a wide choice of modules dealing with current issues in education, - from Action Research to Leadership and from Assessment to Autism. Read more
The MEd in Educational Studies offers flexibility through a wide choice of modules dealing with current issues in education, - from Action Research to Leadership and from Assessment to Autism. This diversity is particularly appreciated by teachers and educational professionals who want to learn across a range of areas, rather than focusing on one definitive topic. The range of topics include: assessment, autism, behaviour, curriculum, inclusion and special educational needs, leadership and action research and students may freely choose modules from within this programme.

The programme offers students an opportunity to further their knowledge of a variety of topics in which they have a special interest and to broaden their expertise by selecting topics which they may not have previously studied in depth. It provides an opportunity for reflection on both the practical and theoretical aspects of education and is open to teachers in primary-, secondary- and tertiary-level institutions as well as to professionals in other fields of education

Why Educational Studies at Queen's?

- As a prestigious Russell Group University, Queen’s is ranked 8th within the UK in relation to research intensity;
- Education research at Queen’s has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014);
- We provide a professional development opportunity for teachers and other related professionals who wish to extend and renew their study of education on a wide front;
- The diversity of topics is particularly appreciated if you want to learn across a range of topics, rather than focusing on one specialist subject. Modules include: assessment, behaviour, curriculum, learning, reflective practice and many more. You may also study modules from our other Master’s programmes (if you meet the entrance requirements and receive approval);
- We understand the many demands on students’ time, so the content is delivered in a mixture of face-to-face and online formats and you can study one or more of our modules as a short course;
- If you have completed other Masters-level awards, eg PGCE, within the last 10 years you are eligible to transfer credit. The credit transfer application must be submitted at the same time as the online course application;
- You may also undertake individual course modules as short courses without completing a full degree.
- If you don’t want or need to study for the research dissertation, flexible exit awards (PG Diploma, PG Certificate) are available.

[Programme Structure]]
The MEd in Education Studies is awarded to students who successfully complete 120 CATS points from taught modules and 60 CATS points from a Master's dissertation. Students may take modules from this programme or another Masters programme in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (where they meet the entrance requirements and receive approval).

Exit qualifications are available. Students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.

Short Courses

We've made it easy to study for a Master's module as a short course. If you would like to study for one of the modules in the MSc in Educational Studies as a short course, please contact the Education Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923/ 5032, ) for advice.

Modules

◦An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (compulsory)
◦Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms
◦Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change
◦Leadership for Change
◦Leadership Theory and Practice: An Overview
◦Leading School Improvement
◦Methods and Analysis in Educational Research
◦Reflections on Education
◦Reflective Practice and Action Research
◦Reimagining Special Needs Education: Inclusive Pedagogy
◦Special Needs Education and Issues of Equity
◦The Intellectual Foundations of Special Education Understanding Adults with ASD
◦Understanding Children with ASD

Assessment

There are no written examinations. Most modules are assessed by coursework. Online modules are assessed by a variety of methods, eg multiple choice exam and contributions to an online forum.

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Learn to develop and manage inclusive special needs provision on this flexible Advanced Educational Practice. Special Educational Needs Masters course from Liverpool John Moores University. Read more
Learn to develop and manage inclusive special needs provision on this flexible Advanced Educational Practice: Special Educational Needs Masters course from Liverpool John Moores University.

•Study part time over three to five years
•Enjoy flexible course delivery and fit studying around your work commitments
•Follow a curriculum closely linked to your professional practice needs
•Experience excellent levels of support
•This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

We recognise that our students are busy professionals and have taken this into account in the design of our programmes and assessments. Study on this programme is extremely flexible and you can opt to join the course on a full or part time basis, enabling you integrate your learning with your full time professional role.

University-based study includes taught sessions scheduled late afternoon (4pm to 6pm) and conference style days scheduled on occasional Saturdays.

A blended learning approach ensures you can usually study at a time to suit you and all modules are supported by online study resources with additional guidance available through face-to-face or virtual tutorials.
To keep on top of your study, you should be prepared to work between five and 10 hours per week (evenings and weekends). The practical applications of the course may involve the integration of study with your professional activity in school or college.
During your studies you will have access to LJMU learning resources including our libraries for independent study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic and professional development and will also receive guidance via email.

Taught sessions mostly take place at the IM Marsh campus, four miles outside Liverpool centre, although some sessions may take place in the city.

The IM Marsh campus has independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library with relevant stock and study spaces, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities, a cafeteria and shop.
The campus library, open 8am to 11pm, houses the main collections linked to this course and you will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Year 1

Teaching Young People with Special Educational Needs (Core)

Develops understanding of special educational needs and disability through engagement with current theory, research, policy and practice and their application.

Social Emotional and Mental Health Dificulties (Core)

Explores current educational theory, research and policy relating to SEMHD and the implications for professional setting.

Specific learning Dificulties (Core)

Investigates current educational theory, research and policy relating to ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and the implications for professional practice.

Year 2

Researching Professional Practice (Core)

Provides an introduction to a range of research methods applicable to educational contexts, with a focus on practitioner enquiry, and how to develop a research project proposal and plan.

Developing Practice in Special Educational Needs (Option)

Explores the influences on the development and implementation of SEND policy in the education system and the implications for schools in the implementation of effective responses to policy in their organisation.

Identifying Dyslexia (Option)

Develops knowledge and understanding of the characteristics, complex nature and issues related to the identification of dyslexia.

Teaching Learners with Dyslexia (Option)

Provides opportunities for educational professionals to engage with research relating to the teaching of learners and to develop their own critical professional practice, in relation to learners with dyslexia.





Interventions for Learners with Dyslexia (Option)

Enables practitioners to explore issues relating to effective intervention for learners with dyslexia, and investigates a range of multisensory literacy programmes.

The Autistic Spectrum (Option)

Investigates current research relating to the features of the Autistic Spectrum and explores its implications for practice.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder: From Theory to Practice (Option)

Considers current research regarding the causal theories of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and develops a deeper understanding of effective support techniques and interventions used nationally and internationally.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the mainstream context (Option)

Develops critical professional practice in supporting learners with ASD through analysis of and engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice and its implications for your professional setting.

Year 3

Dissertation (Option)

Involves the development and implementation of a major research project relevant to your subject area, with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Professional Inquiry (Option)

Involves the development and implementation of several linked practice-based research projects relevant to professional practice in your subject area, with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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The MA Education award at the University of South Wales offers students the maximum flexibility in terms of module choice. Lecturers will work with you to put together a course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. Read more
The MA Education award at the University of South Wales offers students the maximum flexibility in terms of module choice.

Lecturers will work with you to put together a course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. During your studies, if you decide to focus on one of the areas you have studied at module level, there is the possibility for you to transfer onto one of the specialist awards available.

The MA Education Programme consists of a number of specialist pathways and is for you if you are from any of a range of professional backgrounds including teachers, lecturers and managers in the further education sector, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, midwives and members of the armed forces and police service. If you are a non-graduate then you may qualify for the pathways with relevant experience.

On your chosen pathway within the programme, students at the University will have the opportunity to engage critically with the theories and practices of education with a view to applying your learning to your own practice.

The MA Education is well established and has been running since 1995 and is regularly updated in order to reflect the changing needs of participants and potential participants.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1226-ma-education-innovation-in-learning-and-teaching

What you study

On all pathways within the MA Education programme, you must take the core module Research Methodology. This module will equip you to carry out a small scale education enquiry ethically and effectively.

You are then free to choose three other modules from 55 modules that are built into the different pathways within the MA Education programme. MA Education pathways include:

- MA Child & Adolescent Mental Health
- MA Early Years
- MA Leadership and Management [Education]
- MA SEN
- MA SEN [ASD]
- MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL]
- Postgraduate Diploma SEN Specific Learning Difficulties
- Postgraduate Certificate Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education

Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules). Full MA awards require you to complete a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word dissemination plan after the taught programmes.

Learning and teaching methods

Most students following the part-time programme spend 2 years on the taught modules (typically one evening per week) and undertake their dissertation in their third year. Participants are, however, allowed to take a maximum of 5 years to complete the whole programme.

Full-time students are able to complete the whole programme within 12 months, although some take a little longer to finish writing up their dissertation.

Assessment methods

In most cases modules are assessed through a 5,000 word written piece of coursework. Progress on to the dissertation is dependent upon successful completion of the taught modules.

Employment Prospects

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. The broad award of MA Education indicates you have acquired skills and knowledge across a range of different areas.

If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here.

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MSc Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry provides interdisciplinary training in a range of behavioural genetics topics and research methods relevant to psychology and psychiatry. Read more
MSc Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry provides interdisciplinary training in a range of behavioural genetics topics and research methods relevant to psychology and psychiatry. You will study three compulsory modules and undertake a research project that will cover the broad range of subject areas that are considered fundamental to an understanding of behavioural genetics.

Key benefits

- Offers specialised interdisciplinary graduate training in several subject areas and research methods.
- Taught by the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, a department recognised as a world-leader in the field of interdisciplinary studies in psychology, psychiatry and behaviour.
- Opportunity to attend the weekly SGDP Centre research seminars led by renowned researchers, such as Professor Francesca Happé, Professor Robert Plomin, Professor Terrie Moffitt and Professor Sir Michael Rutter.
- Extensive collaborations within King’s as well as with other universities.
- Students from diverse and rich backgrounds.
- Access to large sets of data for populations who have been studied and followed up over many years.
- Located in a beautiful modern building designed to foster interaction.
- Our state-of-the-art molecular genetics laboratory provides a complete suite of resources for research.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/genes-environment-and-development-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our interdisciplinary course covers the advances that have been made in behavioural genetics over recent years. It focuses on how genes and environments shape the development of normal and abnormal human behaviours, including cognitive ability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety and depression and schizophrenia.

In addition to disorder characterisation and presentation of the genetic, social and other environmental risk factors, our programme also covers the molecular mechanisms and the specialised analysis methods relevant to interdisciplinary research in this field. By focusing on current research in this area, our programme will enhance your understanding of research methods and enable you to critically appraise the relevant scientific literature.

Our course also aims to provide a thorough grounding in a range of research methods and their application and to develop skills of critical evaluation, problem solving and intellectual rigour in order to carry out independent research. You will develop an awareness of the practical and ethical issues related to conducting, writing up and disseminating research and develop transferable skills and knowledge needed for a career in academic research.

- Course purpose -
We seek to increase your knowledge and understanding of behavioural genetics and social development, especially if you wish to convert from your original degree discipline and to equip you to apply it in your future career choice, either in further postgraduate education (e.g. PhD) or employment related to the subject.

Many recent advances in behavioural genetics have been made with growing evidence for the role of genes in shaping our behaviour. The purpose of our programme is to focus on how genes and environments influence the development of human behaviours, providing interdisciplinary training to students from a range of scientific backgrounds.

- Course format and assessment -

Mixture of essays, oral presentation, wet and dry lab assessments, research project, workshops, and poster presentation.

A full list of required and optional modules can be downloaded from our website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/genes-environment-and-development-msc.aspx

Career prospects

Graduates of this programme are expected to go on to further full-time study in an academic research environment or in a taught clinical programme, gain employment in an academic, clinical or pharmaceutical organisation. Some students may enter scientific publishing.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/study/prospective-students/Masters-Scholarships.aspx

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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Learn to develop and manage inclusive provision for learners with autistic spectrum disorders on this flexible Advanced Educational Practice: Autism Masters course from Liverpool John Moores University. ​

•Study part time over three years on a course designed to support effective practice in the school
•Develop your professional practice through an inquiry based approach
•Enjoy flexible course delivery and fit studying around your work commitments
•Follow a curriculum closely linked to your professional practice needs


We recognise that our students are busy professionals and have taken this into account in the design of our programmes and assessments. Study on this programme is on a part time basis and integrate your learning with your full time professional role.​

The course is delivered around school/college term times, with 20 credits being studied per term for the first two years.

During your first year you will study three compulsory (core) modules specialising in key teaching and learning themes. Your second year will involve selection of two optional modules from an identified suite, and the core module in Researching Professional Practice. Your final year will involve 60 credits of research-based study through completion of the Dissertation or Professional Enquiry modules. University-based study includes taught sessions scheduled late afternoon (4pm to 7pm) and occasional conference style days scheduled on Saturdays.

A blended learning approach ensures you can usually study at a time to suit you and all modules are supported by online study resources with additional guidance available through face-to-face or virtual tutorials.

​​To keep on top of your study, you should be prepared to work between five and 10 hours per week (evenings and weekends). The practical applications of the course will involve the integration of study with your professional activity in school or college.

During your studies you will have access to LJMU learning resources including our libraries for independent study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic and professional development and will also receive guidance via email.

Taught sessions mostly take place at the IM Marsh campus, four miles outside Liverpool centre, although some sessions may take place in the city. The IM Marsh campus has independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library with relevant stock and study spaces, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities, a cafeteria and shop. The campus library, open 8am to 11pm, houses the main collections linked to this course and you will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.​

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.​

Year 1

The Autistic Spectrum (core)

Investigates current research relating to the features of the Autistic Spectrum and explore its implications for practice.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder: from Theory to Practice (core)

Considers current research regarding the causal theories of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and develops deeper understanding of effective support techniques and interventions used nationally and internationally.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Mainstream Context (core)

Develops critical professional practice in supporting learners with ASD through analysis of and engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice and its implications for your professional setting.

Year 2

Researching Professional Practice (core)

Provides an introduction to a range of research methods applicable to educational contexts, with a focus on practitioner enquiry, and how to develop a research project proposal and plan.

Teaching Young People with Special Educational Needs (option)

Develops understanding of special educational needs and disability through engagement with current theory, research, policy and practice and their application in your professional setting.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (option)

Explores current educational theory, research and policy relating to SEMHD implications for professional settings.

Specific Learning Difficulties (option)

Investigates current educational theory, research and policy relating to ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and the implications for professional practice.

Identifying Dyslexia (option)

Develops knowledge and understanding of the characteristics, complex nature and issues related to the identification of dyslexia

Teac hing Learners with Dyslexia (option)

Investigates recent research relating to the teaching of learners with dyslexia and the implications for critical professional practice.

Year 3​

Dissertation (option)

Involves the development and implementation of a major research project relevant to your subject area, with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Professional Inquiry (option)

Involves the development and implementation of several linked, practice-based research projects relevant to professional practice in your subject area with the support of an experienced academic tutor.​

Further guidance on modules The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. Please email if you require further guidance or clarification

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This programme, which is suitable for graduates working in educational settings, will enhance and develop your knowledge of a range of learning difficulties, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of special education needs (SEN) and inclusion. Read more
This programme, which is suitable for graduates working in educational settings, will enhance and develop your knowledge of a range of learning difficulties, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of special education needs (SEN) and inclusion. There will be opportunities to reflect upon the importance of early identification of need as you enhance your awareness of how to recognise the indicators of a range of special educational needs. These include dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. Effective strategies to improve intervention will also be considered and related to your practice, underpinned by reflection upon a range of literature and legislation, as you gain an enhanced appreciation of how inspiring practice can support and augment the learning of those with special educational needs.

What will I study?

The course comprises two modules, one studied per semester, which explore the provision of inclusive education for those with special educational needs.

You will consider the dilemmas arising from everyday practice, examine UK policy as well as national and international legislation, and reflect upon the range of learning difficulties within your own setting.

How will I study?

The programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach that consists of one workshop per module and supported online learning through the use of the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

Additional sessions will be available via Collaborate, an academic virtual classroom, to enhance the online learning experience. Academic tutors will also offer guidance on the development of your practice-based research.

How will I be assessed?

The programme is assessed through two reflective portfolios. These will include practice-based assessment tasks and a critical reflection of 2,500 words.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced tutors with expertise in the field of special educational needs.

What are my career prospects?

The programme will equip you with the professional attributes, skills, knowledge, attitudes and confidence required to support individuals with a range of learning difficulties.

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