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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Achievement for All and UCL Institute of Education are working in collaboration to deliver an international leadership Master's in inclusive education. Read more

Achievement for All and UCL Institute of Education are working in collaboration to deliver an international leadership Master's in inclusive education. The programme focuses on international, national and local policy and practice relating to improving the achievement, access and aspirations of vulnerable young people including children with special educational needs, disability and other additional needs.

About this degree

Students will learn to critically debate challenges of leadership and inclusion within global educational settings; application of frameworks to an understanding of international professional policy and practice; to produce and communicate analytical and critical argument, both in writing and orally, informed by the international academic and professional literature; to enhance evidence-based professional practice through greater knowledge, understanding and awareness

capacity for self-reflection; independence of thought.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Special Educational Needs Coordination: Improving Teaching and Learning
  • Supporting Wider Pupil Outcomes
  • Special Educational Needs Coordination: Leading and Managing Change
  • Research Design and Methodology

There are no optional modules on this programme

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words (60 credits).

Teaching and learning

Each module is delivered over one intensive week through lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessment is by essays, posters and the dissertation/report.

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

Careers

Career options are likely to include middle and senior positions in schools, colleges, local advisory services and other educational settings.

Employability

Students learn to lead and manage staff to develop an inclusive school drawing on evidence from a range of international contexts. They will enhance their ability to make reasoned and informed arguments both in writing and orally, based on evidence-based professional practice, and reflect on their own practice to instigate change with reference to key issues and concepts of SEN, disability awareness and leadership within a variety of educational contexts.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This is a cutting-edge international programme within a first-class university. It delivers an opportunity to learn from ongoing research in this field, exploring critically the values and practices of leadership and inclusive education internationally.

You will be able to connect academic learning with workplace practice. You will visit an outstanding school for children with special educational needs - an opportunity to study practices in a UK setting, and compare with challenges faced here and in your own country.

You will have the opportunity to engage in practitioner-based research related to your own educational practice, informed by international perspectives and be part of an ongoing professional learning community.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Psychology & Human Development

78% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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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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Are you an experienced education practitioner with a particular interest in inclusive education? If so, this course is designed to address your professional development needs and help you understand how to implement and support approaches that provide fair access to learning for all. Read more

Are you an experienced education practitioner with a particular interest in inclusive education? If so, this course is designed to address your professional development needs and help you understand how to implement and support approaches that provide fair access to learning for all.

What the course offers

Equality of opportunity in education is an important, but often overlooked or misunderstood, aspect of an educationalist’s responsibilities. Education that is designed and delivered so that it is accessible to learners with specific needs can transform the lives of individuals and fundamentally change the opportunities available to them in wider society. The need for highly trained, passionate and creative educationalists with expertise in this field has never been greater.

Aimed at existing education professionals, this contemporary and stimulating programme of study provides opportunities to critically evaluate current national and international developments in the education sector. You’ll study the principles and theories that underpin best practice in inclusive education and consider the implications of this knowledge for your own practice.

We’ll encourage and guide you in formulating creative solutions to complex educational problems, especially those surrounding diversity in a multicultural society. You’ll also have the chance to develop enhanced key skills in line with your personal and professional development needs; for instance, team working and leadership, problem solving, communication, numeracy and ICT skills.

Course Highlights:

  • Our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds – sharing the individual and unique educational insights and perspectives of your peers helps to enrich your learning experience.
  • We promote research and critical enquiry helping you learn to make sound, evidence-based independent judgements.
  • You can explore the diversity of educational practice and learn how to balance subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional best practice with creativity and originality in your own classroom and organisation.
  • Intensive use of learning technologies and multimedia resources, such as virtual learning environments, cloud technologies and eLearning tools, enhance your ICT skills and raise your awareness of resources from across the educational spectrum.

Key Features:

  • Face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support is offered by our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts.
  • Inter-professional working is embedded throughout the programme.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, helping you to explore issues from a robust research-informed knowledge base.
  • Our highly experienced team will support you as you develop critical thinking and research evaluation skills and apply these during your independent Master’s-level project.
  • Our well-stocked library offers a comprehensive selection of relevant texts and access to an extensive online database of multimedia sources including eJournals, podcasts, vodcasts and eBooks.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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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 course begins with a discussion about how the term ‘inclusion’ can be interpreted. You will then explore policies and philosophies of inclusion in relation to both special educational needs and special provision, as well as to theories of social justice and equality in education. Read more

The course begins with a discussion about how the term ‘inclusion’ can be interpreted. You will then explore policies and philosophies of inclusion in relation to both special educational needs and special provision, as well as to theories of social justice and equality in education.

We will consider how to evaluate and develop policy and practices in individual educational institutions, and analyse how far current educational contexts of performance and high-stakes accountability may affect developments in inclusionary thinking and practice. The programme is suitable for serving teachers at all career stages and from all sectors of education.

It includes:

  • Perspectives on inclusion, human rights, diversity, social justice, equity and equality
  • The potential impacts of social class, gender and ethnicity on achievement and underachievement
  • Debates on 'inclusion pedagogy'
  • Theories of change and improvement for inclusionary practice
  • Perspectives on parental involvement and pupil participation
  • Meeting diverse needs of learners in the mainstream classroom
  • Social, emotional and mental health needs in the mainstream classroom
  • Theories and practices of behavior management

Compulsory modules

  • Inclusive Education: Policy into Practice
  • Research in Education
  • Supervised Dissertation

Optional modules include:

  • The Role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in a Primary School setting
  • Supporting Learners (0-25 years) with Social, Emotional Health Needs
  • Identifying and Supporting Learners with a Specific Learning Difficulty

Study style

Assessment is 100% by coursework

Understand theories and practices

Gain a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of theories and practices of inclusion.

Learn about policy development and implementation

Gain a thorough knowledge of perspectives on inclusionary policy development and analysis of implementation issues.

Suitable for all teachers

The programme is suitable for serving teachers at all career stages and from all sectors of education.

Careers

  • Subject Leader/SENCo
  • Senior leadership role with a responsibility for inclusion
  • A specific responsibility for inclusive pedagogy development throughout a school group
  • Teachers wanting to enhance their inclusive practice


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The question of how education can promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society is central to this MA. Read more
The question of how education can promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society is central to this MA. It provides the opportunity to engage at the forefront of theoretical perspectives and research in the field of inclusion, disability and SEN to deepen understanding of how you might shape, approach and develop practice for your own professional setting. Students are encouraged to develop their own narrative in relation to the balance, and tensions, between inclusive practice in mainstream settings and more targeted provision or specialised areas of SEN, reflecting critically on your own experience and alternative perspectives. The award draws on the specialist expertise and research in the Faculty's Education and Social Research Institute.

About the Course

MA Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs and Disability is for a wide range of education professionals (and in adjacent areas eg relevant health/social care settings) who are interested in professional development, understanding and practice in the award area.

Assessment details

Assessment is by coursework for each unit and a full assignment brief is available for each unit. Assessment tasks always allow you to pursue your own thinking and interests within the parameters of the unit and award. Formative feedback is available and built in for every unit.

For taught units (30 credits) the assessment is 5000 words equivalent. The final (60 credit) dissertation is 12-14,000 words.

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Why this course?. This course is a part-time, three-year taught Masters course which looks at additional support needs, inclusive pedagogy and collaborative practice. Read more

Why this course?

This course is a part-time, three-year taught Masters course which looks at additional support needs, inclusive pedagogy and collaborative practice.

It'll provide you with an opportunity to learn about the pedagogy and background, policies and procedures related to inclusive education.

The course is recognised by local authorities as desirable for all teachers working in, or looking to work in educational support.

You’ll learn from a wide group of teachers from all sectors and stages, like:

  • mainstream and special schools
  • early years
  • primary
  • secondary
  • further education

It's a requirement of the General Teaching Council of Scotland that teachers continually update their skills and experience throughout their careers. This course is designed to provide outstanding opportunities for teachers to develop their professional knowledge and practice in-line with the most current developments in research, practice, policy and legislation. 

Our lecturers are members of the Scottish Teacher Education Committee Inclusion Group and co-authors of the National Framework for Inclusion, commissioned by Scottish Government.

Delivery

The course is only delivered part-time and classes are usually run on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

What you’ll study

Year 1

You'll attend three classes in Year 1 - one class per semester. Each class is three hours per week, delivered either on a Tuesday evening or on Saturday morning. In total each class should take 200 hours including self-study.

Postgraduate Certificate

If you decide to complete your studies after one year, you'll graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert).

Year two

You'll also attend three classes in Year 2 - two elective classes and one compulsory.

The compulsory class - Research Methods and Reasoning - will give you the necessary skills and understanding to undertake a dissertation at Masters level. It's delivered entirely online via our virtual Learning Environment, My Place, during semester 1.

Just like Year 1, you'll have one class per semester. The expected study time is also 200 hours, including self-study.

Postgraduate Diploma

Students who decide to complete their studies at the end of year two will graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Year three

You’ll carry out a research dissertation in a subject area of your choice or a strategic leadership and work based project.

Dissertation

If you go the dissertation, we'll allocate a supervisor for one-to-one support while you carry out and report your dissertation. We'll also try our best to match you with the best fit for your area of specialism. You can complete your final dissertation by distance learning so you have the flexibility to finish your studies around work commitments.

Work based project

As an alternative to a dissertation, you can instigate a strategic change initiative at work and evaluate its impact on your learning.

Induction

There will be a one-day induction over a weekend before the course begins where you'll be introduced to the course, receive guidance on study skills and be introduced to university systems, like the library and Myplace.

Learning & teaching

This course is taught on campus and provides the opportunity for teachers to learn alongside colleagues from the widest possible range of educational settings, from mainstream primary and secondary schools to highly specialised provision, including secure units, teachers within the prison service, home visiting teachers and more. 

Assessment

Each class is assessed by written assignment. These are usually practice-based.



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