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Our Inclusive Arts Practice MA is aimed at artists or individuals from related fields who are working in healthcare, education, the arts or the community sector. Read more

Our Inclusive Arts Practice MA is aimed at artists or individuals from related fields who are working in healthcare, education, the arts or the community sector.

It may be a suitable programme if your employer is looking to support relevant training and development opportunities for their staff.

The course aims to equip students with the necessary skills to initiate and manage truly inclusive arts projects with diverse and marginalised groups, for example those with learning difficulties or experiencing social exclusion due to economic or health reasons.

You can choose to study for either a full MA award or a PGCert. There are opportunities to work in diverse settings from schools, galleries, artist studios and design studios to day centres, photographic studios and FE colleges.

Past students have worked with a range of individuals and participant groups including people with learning disabilities, children, young people, elders, those experiencing homelessness, asylum seekers and youth offending teams. They have contributed both locally and to international projects in countries including Romania and Ukraine.

We value and encourage work across a range of art forms, including visual art, design, illustration, performance, film and photography.

Why study with us?

  • Truly unique course that enables you to apply your passion for art in a positive community setting
  • Focus on practical, vocational work that puts you in direct contact with marginalised groups, as you explore key issues in the inclusive arts debate
  • Dedicated professional development module that gives you transferable skills in budget management, health and safety, partnership development and marketing
  • Impressive employment rate, with graduates finding work as inclusive arts practitioners with various charities and trusts
  • Support from specialist arts practitioners and professionals for collaborative working with diverse groups
  • Guest speakers from the arts, health and voluntary sectors

Areas of study

Studies are based around a core of experiential work-related learning, integrated with theory. The course is designed to support participants' development and creativity as art practitioners within the contexts of inclusion, learning disability and marginalised community groups. Students work alongside diverse groups of people in a workshop setting, sharing experiences as partners in the process of learning.

Modules

  • Working Together: Introducing Practical Collaboration
  • Participatory Practice and Creative Exchange: Inclusive Approaches to Collaboration
  • Research in Progress
  • Practice as Research
  • Looking Ahead: Continuing Professional Development
  • Option 

Syllabus

The course is delivered through seven modules, including one related optional module. PGCert students study the Working Together and Issues and Debates modules only.

Assessment takes place through presentations, seminar discussions, practical work and workbooks. The final research project is assessed through an exhibition rather than a dissertation.

Working Together: Introducing Practical Collaboration

This module is a practical introduction to inclusive arts practice that explores processes of collaborative working and art facilitation skills. You undertake a series of supported arts workshops in local artists studios, working alongside the learning disabled Rocket Artist Group. You establish key philosophies and practices of inclusive practice suitable for transference to other community groups later in the course and your future practice. There are also opportunities for you to think about and develop your own work in the context of collaboration.

Participatory Practice and Creative Exchange: Inclusive Approaches to Collaboration

This module introduces and interrogates the ideas and practices of inclusive arts practice through key readings, tutor-facilitated workshops and peer discussion. It includes issues and debates around the similarities and differences between disability arts, art therapy, occupational therapy and inclusive arts practice, and other approaches to collaboration and inclusion. Within this module students will have the opportunity to work in the newly developed Switch House Building at Tate Modern, as part of a short creative exchange project. 

Research in Progress

This module is designed to support students in the development, implementation and completion of their individual research projects. A series of work-in-progress seminars and workshops run alongside the delivery of students’ ongoing practical art projects.

Practice as Research

This runs in parallel with the Research in Progress module, giving you the chance to capture and present your research findings through a public exhibition or performance, and to demonstrate good practice and the impact of inclusive arts.

Looking Ahead: Continuing Professional Development

This module is designed to enhance the professional practice of arts practitioners and equip students with the skills and contacts to manage their future career paths. It covers areas such as working with museums and galleries, funding, public programming, health and safety, budget management, partnership development, and marketing.

Making sure that what you learn with us is relevant, up to date and what employers are looking for is our priority, so courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis. When you have applied to us, you’ll be told about any new developments through our applicant portal.

Careers and employability

On completion of the course, students are ideally placed to seek employment in a range of art, disability, community, health and education settings. Recent graduates have gone on to work for various organisations including Project Art Works, The Royal Academy and Kings College Hospital Trust as inclusive arts practitioners and workshop facilitators.

The course would also make a significant contribution to an artist's independent studio practice. Recent alumni have exhibited work at various locations including Phoenix Arts, Brighton Dome and Pallant House. Others have founded organisations such as Red Octopus Sensory Theatre and contributed to a wide range of projects and events including:

Students and alumni have successfully secured funding for inclusive arts projects and research through the Springboard Grant scheme, the Santander/Beepurple Social Enterprise Award, Arts Council England and the Winston Churchill Award. Others have progressed to PhD research through scholarship funding.



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Inclusive Design advances accessibility, and encompasses the full range of human diversity including ability, language, culture, gender and age. Read more
Inclusive Design advances accessibility, and encompasses the full range of human diversity including ability, language, culture, gender and age. Inclusive Design recognizes that we aren’t all the same. Design must be usable, flexible, and customizable among other qualities to be truly inclusive. From policies, customer service, infrastructure, technology, buildings to everyday products—we can design so that everyone can be accommodated and included.

MASTER OF DESIGN IN INCLUSIVE DESIGN

This program is primarily delivered through an online technology and learning system. It is the only one of its kind in Canada. We offer you the opportunity to become uniquely qualified as a global leader in the growing field of inclusive design.

You will learn to think differently and aim to break through societal barriers to address the growing demand for access and inclusion

The program benefits from accomplished faculty engaged with multi-disciplinary research and design practices, and you will bring valuable and diverse insights from your own educational and professional experiences, to both study and research projects.

You will explore equity and access issues through the lens of design thinking, leveraged by the application of inclusive digital technologies

The program prepares graduates for doctoral programs or advanced careers in:

Digital Media and ICT Systems
Public Sector Policy and Administration
Design for Built Environments
Arts and Culture
Healthcare sector
Graphic and Communication Design.

PROGRAM DELIVERY

The program accommodates the needs of working professionals and international students. The full-time two-year program includes:

Two-week, on-campus, residential intensives in both the first and second year of the program
Seminar courses delivered in a highly interactive online format throughout the year
A major research project in the second year of the program that will position you at the leading edge of inclusive design thinking
Colloquium session in second year, open to the public
A culminating festival and graduate symposium

You will co-create your pathway through the program with opportunities for elective courses in both the first and second year of the program

Seminar courses are delivered through both online and face-to-face sessions that support students learning both remotely and on campus. Coursework includes group projects, online discussion forums, and contribution from guest experts and leading innovators in the field of inclusive design. Research positions and assistantships are available throughout the program as opportunities arise with the Inclusive Design Research Centre, and both private and public sector funded projects.

All courses and class materials are accessible and assistance is available for students with English as a second language, and for those experiencing other challenges for learning and coursework.

Intensive on-campus ‘residencies’, consist of two full courses, and take place in each of the two summer terms. Students are required to attend these classes and activities on campus at OCAD University in Toronto.

Program Objectives

You will learn the systems and methodologies to tackle equity and diversity issues facing contemporary society

You will graduate with advanced skills, insights and resourcefulness to lead the critical transitions and meet rising demand for inclusive design practices globally

You will be equipped to excel in evolving professional fields including digital media, ICT, health, education, government and other public and private sector fields

You will contribute to meeting legal and policy commitments for accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion at local, national and global levels.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has legislated an accessible Ontario, Canada by 2025 which means inclusive design is fast becoming an essential skill for every business and organization in Ontario.

You will be joining the practice and research communities devoted to the design systems for diversity and accessibility

You will be prepared for doctoral programs to further leading-edge research advancing knowledge of inclusive design across many sectors and professional fields

You will have access and engagement with the renowned Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD U. This research and development centre hosts an international community of developers, designers, researchers, advocates, and volunteers working together to ensure that emerging digital and information technology and practices are designed inclusively, and equitably.

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The Master of Philosophy specialising in Inclusive Innovation (MPhil) is an interdisciplinary, research-based degree that leads to the development of novel and sustainable solutions for social challenges. Read more

The Master of Philosophy specialising in Inclusive Innovation (MPhil) is an interdisciplinary, research-based degree that leads to the development of novel and sustainable solutions for social challenges. Join like-minded visionaries on a rich learning journey, and spend a year working both individually and with others where expertise, life experience, passion and innovation converge to support new possibilities and ideas.

Overview

The MPhil Inclusive Innovation is a one-year modular programme designed to be a collaboration between GSB faculty and pass innovators. The MPhil curriculum is structured around three main components: learning, engaging, and reflecting and creating – this can be referred to as praxeology (the study of purposeful human action).  

1. Learning

The programme provides a grounding in the fundamentals of inclusive innovation, as well as the challenges facing those working on social and environmental issues in Africa today. A typical class flows from student presentations and group feedback to focusing on topics such as values-based leadership and business model innovation, integrative thinking and design thinking.

2. Engaging

From the start of the programme, innovators identify a problem of interest and start developing a deep understanding of the context behind the issue they’d like to address. They conduct independent research, including a literature review, field studies, interviews, observations and assessment of market needs. This scholarly approach leads to a fuller understanding of the practical possibilities for contributing to the issue concerned.

3. Reflecting and creating

Personal reflections and peer-to-peer feedback all help to spur on the intellectual development of inclusive innovators and their ideas.

The MPhil’s desired outcomes are:

  • A practical outcome or artefact – prototype, framework, business model, etc.
  • A research thesis that has a strong narrative around the artefact development and clearly illustrates a contribution to knowledge.
  • An embodied experience of business model innovation (entrepreneuring)

Inclusive innovators who complete the MPhil will be skilled at:

  • Undertaking and managing complex innovation-focused projects.
  • Identifying and coping with the internal experience of entrepreneuring.
  • Using systems thinking, design thinking and integrative thinking to take on business-model innovation.
  • Planning a new venture or process, including a detailed strategy and feasibility.

MPhil Benefits

You will gain the following during the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme:

New thinking

This MPhil degree encourages inclusive innovators to think critically and innovatively to meet new demands. The programme gears participants towards becoming advanced strategic and systems thinkers.

Shorter invention cycles

MPhil innovators will test assumptions and prototype solutions in a “living lab” environment. It’s a free-thinking cross disciplinary space that helps shorten the cycle time from invention to application of innovations and solutions through interaction and debate with consumers, experts, industry and organisations in the relevant ecosystem.

Access to industry experts

Innovators will be exposed to key local and global specialists – from deep-content experts to market experts in the community. The insight and feedback they receive will help them iterate and improve their solutions at various stages.

Networking

Inclusive innovators will build personal relationships with leading experts across different industries and will be plugged into the next generation of African innovators.

Personal fulfillment

Self-reflection, introspection and personal growth are core elements of the programme. The MPhil develops inclusive innovators who boldly pursue ambitious ideas and dreams.



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All modules can be taken on weekday evenings (and occasional weekends), so that Part-Time students can fit this Master’s Degree around existing professional commitments. Read more
  • All modules can be taken on weekday evenings (and occasional weekends), so that Part-Time students can fit this Master’s Degree around existing professional commitments
  • Choose from a range of specialist modules in the area of Inclusion, SEN and Disability
  • Tailor the programme to your own needs and interests (one module from another MA programme in Early Childhood or Leadership and Management can be taken as part of this programme)
  • The programme allows you to specialise in particular areas to reflect your interests or professional role

Summary

The SEN, Disability and Inclusive Education programme enables students to investigate the education of children and young people with learning difficulties, disability, disadvantage or other additional needs. Our programme is founded upon a democratic commitment to forms of education which challenge exclusion and enable the participation, learning, development and empowerment of all.

Students studying on the programme will engage with aspects of theory, policy and practice relevant to international and local contexts. With its international profile, this programme brings together those who have significant professional experience working with children and young people with learning difficulties, disabilities, disadvantages or other additional needs, either directly in teaching, support or project work, or as policy-makers, advisory workers or managers.

The MA SEN, Disability and Inclusive Education draws on different disciplinary traditions and approaches to theory and practice within the field of Inclusion, SEN and Disability, but is underpinned by rights-based, justice-based and equalities-based principles and a rejection of deficit-based approaches to difference (including the medical model of disability). The specialist modules within the programme include some which have particular emphasis and grounding in social or critical or psychological perspectives as well as other modules which are more generic in their foundation. The compulsory final independent enquiry module – a 60 credit Dissertation - allows the opportunity for a range of research styles and approaches for critically enquiring into an identified question or issue or for developing practice through critical enquiry.

Students greatly benefit from engaging with the insights, experiences and perspectives of other programme members, from a diverse range of contexts and backgrounds. The combination of their own experiences, insights gained from others on the programme and the theoretical resources offered by learning within the modules, enables students to deepen their understanding of, and to be able to challenge exclusion in education and the barriers that hinder participation, learning, development and empowerment of children and young people with learning difficulties, disability, disadvantage or other additional needs.

The teaching provided on modules is informed by active research and scholarship in the field of Inclusion, SEN and Disability theory and practice. All lecturers leading modules on the programme have high level specialist qualifications, teaching and leadership experience in the field of Education and Inclusion.

This programme can be taken full-time over one year (for those who are not working or working very little) or can be taken part-time over 2 – 4 years.

Content

The programme rests on a critical approach to education in general, with an emphasis on inclusion, enablement, human rights and social justice in the education of those with learning difficulties, disabilities and disadvantage.

The specialist modules within the programme include some which have particular grounding in social or critical perspectives, whilst other modules are more generic in their approach. The compulsory final independent enquiry module – a 60 credit Dissertation - allows the opportunity for a range of styles and approaches for critically enquiring into an identified question or issue within Inclusion and SEND or for developing practice through a critical practitioner enquiry. 

All students complete a common module which takes a broad view of key perspectives and issues in Inclusion, SEN and Disability. Optional modules are available to students, some of which focus specifically on the education of pupils with particular learning difficulties or disability, and some of which focus on issues such as pedagogy, social and emotional development and behaviour.

Students may also have the opportunity, instead of taking a taught optional module, to take a (non-taught) Independent Study module to learn about a specific issue relevant to their interests or needs, which is not taught about in the programme. Most modules carry a 20 credit value apart from the Dissertation, so the full programme comprises six 20 credit modules plus the Dissertation.

It is possible for students to withdraw from the programme with an award short of the full MA (180 credits) if they wish. The Postgraduate Diploma is achieved with 120 credits and the Postgraduate Certificate is achieved with 60 credits.

Modules

Required modules (must be taken)

Compulsory module (must be passed)

Optional modules

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Career options

The Programme supports and enables those with significant professional experience to:

  • Develop their careers in education practice and leadership: teaching, advisory work, SEND coordination, inclusion management, support work
  • Move into a career in policy-making, implementation and development of Inclusion, developing the Inclusion and SEND workforce
  • Undertake a Doctorate and move into a career in research


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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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The Special and Inclusive Education MA will develop a student's knowledge of key concepts and issues related to special and inclusive education, enhancing their understanding of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Read more

The Special and Inclusive Education MA will develop a student's knowledge of key concepts and issues related to special and inclusive education, enhancing their understanding of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. It will give students the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise evidence, theory and practice, and help them to apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to professional policy and practice.

About this degree

By the end of the programme, students should be able to:

  • contribute to contemporary international and national debate in the field of special education and inclusion, and disability studies
  • produce and communicate evidence-informed, reasoned argument in writing and orally
  • demonstrate how concepts, theories and evidence can inform an understanding of issues and practice
  • carry out a focused special and inclusive education inquiry into educational practice
  • enhance professional practice through greater knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits) or three optional modules (90 credits) and a research report (30 credits).

Core modules

  • Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education
  • Research Design and Methodology

Optional modules

In addition to the two core modules students take at least one module from the following:

  • Autism: Research and Practice
  • Inclusive Pedagogy: Changing Practice through Action Research
  • Language Development
  • Psychology for Special Needs
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development
  • Understanding SpLD (Dyslexia)

Students choose either one or two further options from the list above or, subject to the Programme Leader's approval, from elsewhere at the UCL Institute of Education.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000 to 12,000-word dissertation or 6,000 to 7,000-word report.

Teaching and learning

The MA is taught through lectures, group discussions, small group one-to-one tutorials, and computer lab classes. Compulsory and optional modules are assessed by a range of assessment strategies including presentations and a 4,000-5,000 word written assignment; students may choose from a range of assessment titles. In addition, students may choose to write either a report (6,000-7,000 words) or a dissertation (10,000-12,000 words).

NB: This MA is not a teacher training programme and does not aim to train students via school-based training and teaching placements.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Special and Inclusive Education MA

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as managers in mainstream and special schools and other educational settings, while others support those with special educational needs and disabilities directly. Graduates can also be found working as staff in specialist services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Behavioural Co-ordinator, The National Autistic Society
  • Mathematics Teacher, Skills for Growth
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teacher, Special School of Piraeus
  • Special Needs Support Assistant, The UCL Academy

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme provides students with the opportunity to study in one of the country's leading specialist departments in special educational needs and disability, and educational psychology, working with internationally recognised tutors who have published widely in the areas of special education, inclusion and disability studies, and who contribute to Master's and doctoral programmes worldwide.

The programme team is committed to creating an intellectually challenging context in which students are encouraged to discuss practical knowledge, experience and ideas in order to extend their understanding of special and inclusive education.

This programme attracts students with rich and varied professional and personal experience, both nationally and internationally, and fellow students provide a valuable networking resource.



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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 UWS Masters course in Inclusive Education is a part-time qualification and is ideal if you are a teacher or a professional teaching and/or supporting learning in a mainstream school or other inclusive educational setting. Read more

The UWS Masters course in Inclusive Education is a part-time qualification and is ideal if you are a teacher or a professional teaching and/or supporting learning in a mainstream school or other inclusive educational setting.

With increasing diversity in society being reflected in the classroom, where children and young people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse abilities and needs learn together, we believe that it is becoming progressively more important that teachers and other professionals working in mainstream schools or other inclusive educational settings develop appropriate responses to diversity.

Through our Masters' course, we will support you as you strive to make all learners feel included, and to provide for them learning experiences that are relevant and accessible.

Course Details

Completing five of the following modules, plus a module in educational research and the dissertation will give you the award of MEd Inclusive Education.

Course modules you will study are:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Dyslexia · Inclusion and Equality
  • Inclusive Enquiry · Inclusive Leadership
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs

Throughout our course, you are given opportunities to use the principles of practitioner enquiry, such as the need to engage in professional dialogue about, systematic reflection on, and evidence-based enhancement of practice to explore the themes of each module in their professional context.

Teaching & Assessment

Our teaching and learning strategy is designed to help you achieve the learning outcomes associated with each module, while the assessment strategy provides you with a structured opportunity to demonstrate that you have actually achieved them and to gain formal recognition for this achievement. All modules are assessed summatively through reflective essays exploring key themes associated with each module. Formative assessment opportunities are built into each module.

Career Prospects

Jobs

Our Inclusive Education course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that make you well suited to pursue positions of responsibility in the areas of inclusion and support for learning.

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

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)



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MA Inclusive Education at Middlesex University is a fully online course based upon gaining knowledge of best practice in an area of specialism through research and literature, implementing this and researching the effect or impact on your practice. Read more
MA Inclusive Education at Middlesex University is a fully online course based upon gaining knowledge of best practice in an area of specialism through research and literature, implementing this and researching the effect or impact on your practice. This may be through practical, self-directed learning activities. Participants are encouraged to focus assignments on identified institutional and personal needs and to use practitioner action enquiry and reflective practice as a learning model.

Teachers/tutors focus their scholarship, research and enquiries on developing more effective practice in a specialist area while gaining a masters in inclusive education. The course is available to teachers / tutors in the UK and overseas and is run in a totally distance learning mode. Participants can opt for a specialist route through the programme leading to a named award of:

MA Inclusive Education (SEN and Inclusion)
MA Inclusive Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)
MA Inclusive Education (Gifted Education)
MA Inclusive Education (Social, Emotional and Behaviour Management)
MA Inclusive Education (Bilingual Learners)
Some of the special features of the MA Inclusive Education:

Study anywhere in the world
Combine work with this online mode of part time study
Excellent distance learning support available through our virtual learning environment from tutors and from our Learning Resources service
Accreditation of Prior Learning APL is available in all but the dissertation module, allowing you to gain credit for prior study and therefore shorten your overall study period.

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Take the next step in your career with this innovative inclusive education online programme, designed for professionals working as leaders or prospective leaders of inclusion in educational settings. Read more

Take the next step in your career with this innovative inclusive education online programme, designed for professionals working as leaders or prospective leaders of inclusion in educational settings.

This unique joint venture partners London’s top modern university with the UK’s leading provider of professional training for SEND practitioners.

Experience state-of-the-art practice-led learning that combines our latest virtual learning environment technology (Campus OnlineTM) with the extensive resources of Middlesex University.

Learn to lead with leading learning from Middlesex University and Real Training.

Please note

The master’s degree in inclusive education is a Middlesex University programme and qualification, jointly developed, delivered and assessed by Middlesex and Real Training, and quality assured by Middlesex University. As such, this programme can only be booked with Middlesex University.

The programme starts in September and January.

Why take this programme?

Developing inclusive education practice to support the needs of all learners is one of the most important challenges facing education professionals today. The Leading Inclusive Education MA is an exciting, new distance-learning pathway for education professionals, from all phases and settings, who wish to progress into leadership roles, or to develop their leadership skills, in the crucial area of inclusion.

This practice-led and flexible Middlesex University programme and qualification offers an alternative to, and routes on from, current NCTL leadership qualifications and the National Award for SEN Coordination.

It has been developed, and is delivered and assessed by Middlesex University, in partnership with us. It is also quality assured by Middlesex University.

It is open to graduate professionals working in any educational setting – early years, schools, specialist settings, FE colleges and universities – in the UK and internationally.

  • Develop the skills and confidence to lead inclusive practice in your setting.
  • Enhance practical leadership strategies.
  • Receive high-quality support from experienced tutors.
  • Access a wealth of academic research, interactive materials and resources, including a free electronic textbook for every module.
  • Build a professional network within your setting through collaboration and discussion with other delegates.
  • Utilise an exceptional virtual learning environment that allows you to study from anywhere. 

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is designed as a distance-learning package and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. It is delivered through our Campus OnlineTM online learning platform, in partnership with Middlesex University.

You will work on practical assignments, as well as doing your own independent reading and research. You will produce written work, including a dissertation, reports and a reflective journal.

An expert tutor will oversee your work.



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Course content. The MA in Inclusive Special Education offers you an opportunity to develop a greater understanding and critical appreciation of the trends and developments in the education of children and young people who have a special educational need and/or disability. Read more

Course content

The MA in Inclusive Special Education offers you an opportunity to develop a greater understanding and critical appreciation of the trends and developments in the education of children and young people who have a special educational need and/or disability. In this programme there is a strong emphasis on promoting equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and issues of social justice.

Our facilities

You will study for your MA in Inclusive Special Education at our Bognor Regis Campus. Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bognor Regis Campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our brand new award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus hosting a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. 

An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans. The campus also offers purpose built classrooms for the teacher training courses, as well as lecture and seminar rooms.

Indicative modules

There will be two modules in each academic year and you will be able to begin the dissertation in either Semester 1 which starts in September or in Semester 2 which starts in February. While the course content in each module will cover a range of topics you will be encouraged and supported to develop your research in your specific area of interest in SEND and inclusive practice.

Teaching and Assessment

The MA is based at the Bognor Regis Campus in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Taught sessions will take place on alternate Tuesday evenings and one Saturday in each semester.

The MA in Inclusive Special Education can normally be completed in 3 years on a part-time basis, as follows: two years (four semesters) with one module per semester, plus a further year (two semesters) for the dissertation.

We appreciate that circumstances can change and part-time students are helped by having flexible study arrangements. To that end, you will be able to intermit from the programme for a maximum of 2 years over the whole programme, provided that you return and complete the MA within five years.

A module (30 credits) is a unit of up to 24 hours taught delivery, typically over one semester with its own discrete assessment. Modules consist of taught sessions, seminars, and one Saturday workshop each semester. Sessions will normally be delivered on alternate Tuesdays between 5.30pm - 8.00pm and 10am – 4pm on the Saturday.

The MA in Inclusive Special Education draws on a range of assessment methods including practitioner research projects; 6,000 word essays and presentations. The dissertation is in two Parts: Part 1 (6000 words) is research proposal including a literature review and a discussion on the methodology for your chosen topic and Part 2 (6000 words) is a small scale research project prepared for publication.

To gain an MA in Inclusive Special Education you will need to complete four modules (4 x 30 credits) and the dissertation (60 credits), giving a total of 180 credits. You can exit the programme at any time and gain an interim award. After successful completion of two modules you would be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (60 credits) and after four modules you would be awarded with a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (120 credits).



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This new programme will interest graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of a wide range of children in education. You will compare inclusive educational practices in Scotland, the UK and across the world. Read more

This new programme will interest graduates who want to make a difference to the lives of a wide range of children in education. You will compare inclusive educational practices in Scotland, the UK and across the world. You will study particular approaches to removing barriers to learning and including all children.

The programme has specific pathways for Postgraduate Diploma (visually impaired learners), Postgraduate Diploma (deaf learners) and Postgraduate Diploma (bilingual learners).

Programme structure

Compulsory courses

  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Sources of knowledge
  • Conceptualising research

Option courses

You will choose three option courses from this range:

  • Comparative approaches to inclusive and special education
  • Collaborative working in children’s services
  • Education for all
  • Teachers as agents of change
  • Foundations of international child protection
  • Issues and strategies for teaching and learning (VI)
  • Inclusion of pupils with visual impairment
  • Cerebral VI and profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Audiology and audiometry
  • Language and communication (deaf children)
  • The developing bilingual learner
  • Specific learning difficulties: dyslexia
  • Assessing pupils with visual impairment
  • Bilingualism and other additional support needs
  • Promoting achievement and curriculum access to deaf / bilingual learners
  • Specific learning difficulties: co-occurring difficulties
  • Deaf Studies
  • an option course worth up to 40 credits from within the School or from elsewhere in the University (at SCQF level 11), subject to approval by the programme director

Dissertation (MSc)

  • Planning research
  • Research dissertation

Learning outcomes

The programme aims to:

  • develop and appropriately apply knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to inclusive education and the contexts in which it takes place
  • reflect critically on the relationships between theory and practice and explore issues in the implementation of educational and social principles and ideals
  • engage with and where appropriate influence policy issues and the practice of professionals in relation to the delivery of inclusive education
  • develop extended skills in research and enquiry, including the use of literature, reviewing evidence, gathering, organising and evaluating data, responding to evidence and providing critical comment

Career opportunities

Suiting newly qualified teachers and experienced practitioners alike, this programme provides a qualification that can open doors to a new career in inclusive and special education, or an advanced role in the field.

It can also provide the foundations for a career in policy formation and development, as well as a broad range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.



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The Special and Inclusive Education MA will develop a student's knowledge of key concepts and issues related to special and inclusive education, enhancing their understanding of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Read more
The Special and Inclusive Education MA will develop a student's knowledge of key concepts and issues related to special and inclusive education, enhancing their understanding of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. It will give students the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise evidence, theory and practice, and help them to apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to professional policy and practice.

Degree information

Graduates will be equipped to contribute to contemporary international and national debate in the field of special education and inclusion and disability studies; produce and communicate evidence-informed, reasoned argument in writing and orally; demonstrate how concepts, theories and evidence can inform an understanding of issues and practice; carry out a focused special, and inclusive education inquiry into educational practice; enhance professional practice through greater knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four taught modules (30 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
- Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education (Cairo)
- Research Design and Methodology (Cairo)
- Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development (Cairo)
- Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

Dissertation/research project
All students undertake an independent research project in special and inclusive education which culminates in a 10,000 to 12,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
This MA is taught by UCL Institute of Education tutors in Cairo, Egypt. The programme is modular; two to three modules are taught each year and these will vary from year to year to cover the full requirement of the MA. Modules are taught in intensive blocks of four days at the Learning Resource Center in Maadi, Cairo. Skype meetings and tutorials are available for all students enrolled on this programme of study.

The MA is taught through lectures, group discussions and small group one-to-one tutorials. Modules are assessed by a 4,000 to 5,000-word written assignment. In addition, students write a dissertation (10,000-12,000 words).

Note: this MA is not a teacher training programme and does not aim to train students via school-based training and teaching placements.

Careers

This programme provides students with the opportunity to study at one of the UK's leading specialist departments in special educational needs and disability (SEND), and educational psychology, working with internationally recognised tutors who have published widely in the areas of special education, inclusion and disability studies, and who contribute to Master's and doctoral programmes worldwide. Note: this programe is only available to students living and working full-time in Egypt.

The programme team is committed to creating an intellectually challenging context in which students are encouraged to discuss practical knowledge, experience and ideas in order to extend their understanding of special and inclusive education.

This programme attracts students with rich and varied professional and personal experience.

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Why study MA Leading Inclusive Education at Middlesex?. The MA Leading Inclusive Education provides exceptional career development for teachers working in inclusive education, allowing them to explore the best ways of leading and managing children and teachers in an inclusive situation. Read more
Why study MA Leading Inclusive Education at Middlesex?

The MA Leading Inclusive Education provides exceptional career development for teachers working in inclusive education, allowing them to explore the best ways of leading and managing children and teachers in an inclusive situation. The course provides an insight into the skills needed to deal with various conditions affecting children's learning, and allows teachers to gain a deeper knowledge of how good, effective leadership can impact children's learning and development.

Hosted in partnership with Real Training and delivered online, the MA Leading Inclusive Education can be studied from anywhere in the world and allows for a flexible means of balancing study and work commitments. Each module is 30 credits and enables participants to build a portfolio of skills and knowledge to suit their needs. The focus of the learning is always impact upon practice.

Course highlights:

- Benefit from our collaboration with Real Training, experts in distance learning in the field of education.
- Exceptional virtual learning facilities allow you to study this part-time course from anywhere in the world.
- As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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This programme focuses on inclusive practice. It is intended for teachers and other professionals working with students who are experiencing barriers to learning and participation or other special educational needs, whether in mainstream, special schools/units, colleges or early years settings. Read more
This programme focuses on inclusive practice. It is intended for teachers and other professionals working with students who are experiencing barriers to learning and participation or other special educational needs, whether in mainstream, special schools/units, colleges or early years settings.

Supported by current research, practice and theory, the programme is designed to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and critical skills in the analysis and evaluation of current research, theory and practice. The programme will provide you with opportunities to explore a range of areas, such as international developments in special/inclusive education, how to work with and involve parents and children and the school's role in promoting inclusion. You will also look at a range of topics that arouse controversy and debate in the area of special needs.

Please note that the MSc Education (Special and Inclusive Education) is designed for professionals with one year's experience, either in paid employment or as a volunteer.

Programme structure

Core units
-Introduction to Educational Inquiry
-How Schools Can Respond to Diversity and to Pupils' Special Needs
-Controversial Issues in Special and Inclusive Education
-Inclusive Education and Working with Parents/Carers

Optional units
-Students studying this programme will be able to take optional units from across the school.

Dissertation
-You will also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Careers

We offer the academic and personal development opportunities to equip you for the intellectual, social and personal challenges that you will encounter during your career. Our overarching goal is to enable our graduates to display the following characteristics:
-Equipped to demonstrate impact, excellence and distinctiveness in their chosen field.
-Visionary, imaginative, innovative, reflective and creative.
-High ideals and values, including a strong sense of social justice.
-Highly employable throughout the world.
-Adaptable, with the potential to be a leader in work and in the community.

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