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This programme addresses contemporary issues in inclusion/special education. Read more
This programme addresses contemporary issues in inclusion/special education. If you are a policy maker, educator or teacher involved in inclusive education/special education at pre-school, school or tertiary level, this programme is designed to promote your understanding of the issues and practices relevant to this area.

Why this programme

◾Our research-informed courses will help you to think about practice and policy in the light of current educational thinking and enable you to consider how an inclusive/special education system might operate in schools and other educational institutions.
◾You will discuss recent theories related to many of the conditions and labels associated with special educational needs/additional support needs and have the opportunity to develop practice that takes account of these within an inclusive framework. In particular you can specialise in autism, behaviour, gifted and talented, dyslexia, English as an Additional Language and disability.
◾You can tailor research projects to provide the maximum relevance and benefit to your interests and work.You will explore how effective learning and teaching can support the Sustainable Development Goal 4 – to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030 (United Nations).
◾This programme has continued to attract both national and international students. Consistently rated as excellent by our students, this programme brings together students and researchers with an interest in inclusive/special education. The international community is seeking to develop inclusive, equitable and quality education for all by 2030. This programme offers you the opportunity to consider how this will be achieved. A highlight for both international and Scottish students is the opportunity to work together as they seek to support all learners.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses, as well as complete a dissertation. The full programme can be studied over one year full-time. There are also flexible routes of study that allow teachers to progress towards a full masters on a part-time basis. Courses are delivered during the day, evening or at a distance to suit your needs.

Core courses
◾Introduction to educational and social research
◾Modern educational thought
◾The evolving concept of inclusion
◾The learner and the curriculum.

Sample optional courses
◾Developing literacy
◾Highly able learners
◾Identities, relationships and behaviours
◾Inclusive classrooms, inclusive pedagogies.

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We have expert supervision available in a wide variety of education subjects. Our research areas range from early year's policy through to internationalisation in higher education. Read more
We have expert supervision available in a wide variety of education subjects. Our research areas range from early year's policy through to internationalisation in higher education.

We offer expert supervision in the following research areas:
-Early year's policy with a focus on language and communication
-Social justice in education
-Gifted and talented children in Africa, India and the UK
-Education in popular culture
-Early literacy
-Technology enhanced learning, including language learning
-Learning to teach languages
-Counselling and wellbeing in children and adults
-The physical leaning environment
-Teaching and learning in Higher Education
-Internationalisation in Higher Education

Our supervisors' current research interests, projects and publications are available from our staff profiles. Most of our staff have professional experience in teaching, speech and language therapy or English language teaching before entering academia. You should contact Carolyn Letts, Director of Postgraduate Research, or a member of our staff as a potential supervisor before applying.

You will need to submit a short research proposal (1000 words max).

Delivery

You will study in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. This is a diverse School with a high number of international students.

During your studies you will have regular meetings with your supervisory team. This is supported by email and Skype.

Your attendance on campus is flexible to accommodate your field work or data collection.

Many of our students already have well-developed professional careers. They use their professional experience to frame their research questions, connecting theory and practice. Part time study is available for those who want to study whilst working in the UK.

Our cross-disciplinary seminars include education, speech and language sciences and applied linguistics. In attending seminars you will engage with staff and students from around the world.

There is an annual competition for funded studentships through the ESRC Northern Ireland/North East (NINE) Doctoral Training Partnership. You should contact us to discuss supervision opportunities before applying for a studentship.

Our links with research centres and institutes provide opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary seminars and interest groups. Our most important connections are with:
-Centre for Research in Learning and Teaching
-Institute for Health and Society
-Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Studies

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This programme is primarily for Scottish teachers and those working in the field of additional support needs/educational inclusion/special education. Read more
This programme is primarily for Scottish teachers and those working in the field of additional support needs/educational inclusion/special education. However those with a first degree and experience of, and interest in, additional support/educational inclusion/special education will be considered. Applications from teachers from countries other than Scotland may also be considered.

Why this programme

◾Our research-informed courses will help you to think about practice and policy in the light of current educational thinking and enable you to consider how an inclusive/special education system might operate in schools and other educational institutions.
◾You will discuss recent theories related to many of the conditions and labels associated with special educational needs/additional support needs and have the opportunity to develop practice that takes account of these within an inclusive framework. In particular you can specialise in autism, behaviour, gifted and talented, dyslexia, English as an Additional Language and disability.
◾You can tailor research projects to provide the maximum relevance and benefit to your interests and work.You will explore how effective learning and teaching can support the Sustainable Development Goal 4 – to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030 (United Nations).
◾This programme has continued to attract both national and international students. Consistently rated as excellent by our students, this programme brings together students and researchers with an interest in inclusive/special education. The international community is seeking to develop inclusive, equitable and quality education for all by 2030. This programme offers you the opportunity to consider how this will be achieved. A highlight for both international and Scottish students is the opportunity to work together as they seek to support all learners.

Programme structure

You will take two or three core and one optional course. Courses are delivered during the day, evening or at a distance to suit your needs.

Core courses
◾Practitioner enquiry: Developing inclusive pedagogy (PgDip only)
◾The evolving concept of inclusion
◾The learner and the curriculum.

Sample optional courses
◾Developing literacy
◾Highly able learners
◾Identities, relationships and behaviours
◾Inclusive classrooms, inclusive pedagogies.

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The School of Education provides an online portfolio of Career-long Professional Learning (CPL) programmes for the education workforce, to meet both current and emerging needs associated with the profession and to reflect the increasing importance attached nationally to professional learning, update and practice. Read more
The School of Education provides an online portfolio of Career-long Professional Learning (CPL) programmes for the education workforce, to meet both current and emerging needs associated with the profession and to reflect the increasing importance attached nationally to professional learning, update and practice.

The programme is aimed at teachers and other professionals teaching and/or supporting learning in mainstream schools or other inclusive educational settings.

About the programme

The programme takes inclusive education to operate within the equality and human rights legislative context, aiming to remove barriers to learning and participation, and to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage for whatever reason.

Your learning

The programme equips you with knowledge, understanding and skills that make you well-suited to pursue positions of responsibility in the areas of inclusion and support for learning.

You will start with the compulsory module ‘Inclusion and Equality’. Upon successful completion of this module you can undertake two of the following modules to complete the Certificate; and five of the following modules or four of the following modules plus a Research Methods module to complete the Diploma:

• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Dyslexia
• Gifted and Talented
• Inclusive Enquiry
• Inclusive Leadership
• Inclusive Practice
• Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Upon successful completion of the Diploma, participants who have studied the Research Methods module can progress to the MEd stage where you will undertake a dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice.

There is no requirement to attend ‘face-to-face’ sessions on this programme as it is offered by distance learning, using the UWS virtual learning environment.

Our Careers Adviser says

Professional and personal development abilities are greatly enhanced, and graduates will be perfectly poised to undertake positions of leadership as well as seeking new opportunities in this exciting field.

First-class facilities

You’ll have access to a wide range of technology to facilitate your learning. Our libraries are stocked with a vast range of specialist resources to help you in your studies, and you’ll also have access to our extensive electronic library collection (including e-books and academic journals) and the virtual learning environment, Moodle.

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The PGCE. The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession. . Read more

The PGCE

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is the most widely recognised UK post graduate award and is transferable. It is accepted, across the UK and internationally, as an assurance that the candidate has achieved the high standard expected for entry to the teaching profession. 

Introduction

If you are passionate about geography this course will equip you with the skills to provide secondary school students across the 11-16 age range plus post 16 enhancement, with an understanding of the complex geographical systems in the world around them. The course is designed to provoke thought, challenge assumptions and help develop you as a reflective practitioner of the subject, so that you can enter the teaching profession with clear educational priorities and the skills with which to achieve them. You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge of key issues including globalisation, global interdependence and how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change landscapes, environments and the climate. The use and application of GIS is embedded within the course. In addition, the programme is designed to develop you as professional geographers confident to challenge misconceptions and teach with passion and authority.

You will study ten modules: six are spent in schools in a programme that gives you an opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of secondary schools and skills in classroom management and lesson delivery. During the year you will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning.

Key Feature

A key feature of the course are the ‘Special Focus Weeks’ where you can, as geographers, spend time exploring the teaching of geography in a primary school setting and leading fieldwork in the local area with Gifted and Talented pupils, enabling you the time you need to develop your own areas of professional interest.

The programme consists of 36 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will gain experience of teaching in at least two secondary schools and will acquire high level skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. You can also expect to engage with several key strands which will furnish you with valuable knowledge and enable you to develop into an effective classroom practitioner including:

• Extending locational knowledge whilst deepening spatial awareness of key global regions

• Comparing and contrasting human and physical features across the globe

• Exploring key geographical processes relating to physical geography such as coasts and hydrology

• Investigate the complexities of human geography such as population and urbanisation

• Develop a range of geographical skills, ranging from the use of topographical maps to the use of GIS

• Experience a wide range of practical fieldwork

Due to the dynamic nature of geography, you will be provided with opportunities to engage in a range of visits, conferences, experiences and working parties.

School Experience

All students complete placements in secondary schools – usually in the West Midlands area. You will benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with Birmingham schools, providing you with support and encouragement from colleagues in the field.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Our lecturers and visiting teachers use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and special projects. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, project work and practical teaching ability.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, places may be available on our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.



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