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

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

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

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

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

What you study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assessment methods

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

Work and Study Placements

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

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It is now statutory that all new SENCOs to post, working in maintained schools must attend and complete the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. Read more
It is now statutory that all new SENCOs to post, working in maintained schools must attend and complete the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

The National Award for SEN Coordination is a one year, part time postgraduate certificate course, which, on successful completion of the assessed work will give SENCOs 60 Masters level credits (the equivalent to a third of a full Masters).

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/senco.aspx

Course detail

Please note: If you are not the named SENCO at the school, then we are unable to award you the full National Award for SEN Coordination. You will, however, still be able to attend all sessions and on successful completion of the 3x20 credit modules, will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs. If you later become the SENCO (within 3 years of enrolment) it is possible to submit a Portfolio of Learning Outcomes specific to the SENCO role. When this Portfolio is combined with the 3x20 credit modules, you will then be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs and the National Award for SEN Coordination.

The Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the University’s leading edge academic units and is recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for teacher education and whole school development.

What are the potential benefits?

Having now worked with over 1100 SENCOs from maintained, specialist and independent sector settings, we have clear evidence of the impact that this training programme has had upon not only the SENCO, in terms of developing confidence and understanding of current legislation and the impacts that this has for practice; but also upon the school itself: as capacity and strategic leadership is developed within the school.

All schools are noticing an increase in the number of complex educational needs that staff are needing to understand and manage, and this course therefore provides SENCOs with up to date information about a range of best practices, in terms of the understanding and identification of need, as well as effective processes and practices to support a strategic rather reactive approach to meeting needs.

SENCOs also have the benefit of studying within localised cohorts of around 20: this provides a supportive network, and enables the SENCO to gain first hand understanding of the wider context of SEN, and alternative ways to approach the meeting of needs.

Content

The course is built around the 49 professional learning outcomes that have been developed by the NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership), and covers the following key areas:
• Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the SENCO
• Understanding SEN, disability and underachievement
• Introducing evidence based practice and Action Research to inform and improve practice within the school
• Whole school systems: co-ordinating provision effectively
• Understanding funding systems and implications for strategic resource planning
• Working collaboratively and strategically with others: introducing the key skills of leadership, enabling and delegation
• Working in partnership – with other professionals, agencies and services
• Working in partnership – with pupils, parents and carers

Format

The National Award for SEN Co-ordination comprises 9 full days taught input and 2 half day sessions.

You'll be fully supported through expert teaching, practical discussions with other participants and direct email tutorial support.

Cohorts are run throughout the academic year, to respond to interest and demand, and can be set up in different teaching venues to make it more accessible for a group of SENCOs.

Assessment

A range of written assignments.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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This successful one year training programme is designed to support the professional development of special educational needs coordinators (SENCOS). Read more
This successful one year training programme is designed to support the professional development of special educational needs coordinators (SENCOS). Gain 60 credits at masters level and join the hundreds of SENCOs in the South West Consortium who have already gained the award. Discover how you can get involved and make a positive impact on practice, and the achievements of schools and their pupils.

Key features

-Take the opportunity to undertake this Department for Education (DfE) approved post-graduate qualification which must be achieved by teachers new to the role of SENCO. If you are an experienced SENCO or working in a related professional role you can also apply. To achieve the National Award you must have QTS/QTLS, and if not it may be possible for you to achieve the PgCert Inclusive Education (60 masters level credits).
-Benefit from an award offered through the South West Consortium consisting of Plymouth University and the University of Exeter, working in partnership with the local authorities of Bournemouth, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Plymouth, Poole and Somerset.
-Take part in a programme which runs in Bodmin, Plymouth, Exeter, Ilminster, and Dorchester. The local tutors are mainly Special Educational Needs (SEN) advisory teachers and experienced SENCOs, working in conjunction with university tutors.
-Gain experience working with a tutor allocated to you, offering extensive expertise, knowledge and experience and high quality local personal tuition.
-Draw on support from a professional learning community through face-to-face and virtual learning support and resources. Access valuable university facilities and online resources.
-Gain 60 masters level credits which can be used towards a masters degree (e.g. MA Education Special Educational Needs).

Course details

You'll complete two modules (each worth 30 masters level credits) which include a total of six days attendance at sessions in your local authority location. As well as four school focused/research days. Each module consists of three full days taught sessions and two recommended study days (four total) which you will individually agree with your own organisation. The modules are designed to explicitly relate to the DfE SENCO Learning Outcomes.

Optional modules
-PGSEN703CW National Award for SEN Coordination Learning Outcomes
-PGSEN703DV National Award for SEN Coordination Learning Outcomes
-PGSEN703PL National Award for SEN Coordination Learning Outcomes
-PGSEN703SS National Award for SEN Coordination Learning Outcomes
-PGSEN704CW SEN: Organisational Contexts
-PGSEN704DV SEN: Organisational Contexts
-PGSEN704PL SEN: Organisational Contexts
-PGSEN704SS SEN: Organisational Contexts
-PGSEN705CW SEN: Leading on Teaching and Learning
-PGSEN705DV SEN: Leading on Teaching and Learning
-PGSEN705PL SEN: Leading on Teaching and Learning
-PGSEN705SS SEN: Leading on Teaching and Learning

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The PGCert Education. National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordination is a mandatory course for all SENCOs new to the role. Read more
The PGCert Education: National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Co-ordination is a mandatory course for all SENCOs new to the role.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgcert-education-national-award-for-sen-coordination/

Why choose this course?

- The government is committed to improving outcomes for children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. SENCOs have a central role to play in schools to ensure effective provision for children with SEN and disabilities and that individual children's needs are met.

- This course is delivered jointly with the Oxfordshire Inclusion Support Team (OXIST) and the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust (BLT) who provide in-school support.

- The School of Education at Oxford Brookes is one of the largest schools of education in the UK, combining high quality teaching and significant research and consultancy activity, and is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through its seminar and lecture programmes.

- You will be joining a university which is widely regarded as a major contributor to the improvement of education and learning, locally and nationally.

- We work in close partnership with hundreds of schools and colleges and other organisations.

- You will be based on a a great campus, with strong sporting, recreational and study facilities.

Teaching and learning

Policy and Practice for Special Educational Needs course schedule:
- one whole day and five evenings (approximately 21 hours of contact time)
- one online discussion (approximately three hours of contact time)

Assessment:
There are two elements to the assignment - an online summary and a report evaluating the role of the SENCO (4,000 words).

Teaching and Learning for SEN course schedule:
- one whole day and five evenings (approximately 21 hours of contact time)
- one online discussion (approximately three hours of contact time).

Assessment:
The assessment will include an online summary, a presentation and an essay (4.000 words).

Managing Issues in Special Educational Needs course schedule:
- one whole day and five evenings (approximately 21 hours of contact time)
- one online discussion (approximately three hours of contact time).

Assessment:
There are two elements to this assignment, a summary of an online discussion and a report on a school project relating to an aspect of the SENCO management role.

In addition SENCOs must present a portfolio of evidence for assessment which demonstrate that they have met all the 49 learning outcomes specified by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly the list of modules you choose from may vary from that shown here.

How this course helps you develop

The post of SENCO is likely to have an increasing importance within the structure of schools, becoming a clear route for career progression. It is also an important step towards a master's degree.

Careers

Many of our SENCOs who complete the course go onto further career progression eg Director of Inclusion across a federation of schools, Inclusion consultant with OXIST, Deputy and Assistant Head roles with responsibility for Inclusion.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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Do you want to achieve a nationally recognised award as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)? Join us at the University of Northampton for our SENCo programme starting in October 2016. Read more
Do you want to achieve a nationally recognised award as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)? Join us at the University of Northampton for our SENCo programme starting in October 2016.

Completion of the course has been mandatory for the teacher designated as the SENCo since 2009. New SENCOs must gain this qualification within three years of taking up their SENCo post. It may also be relevant for those aspiring to be SENCos or those who were already in the post of SENCo prior to 2009 and wish to pursue accredited professional development in this area. Completing the course entitles candidates with 60 credits which can be used towards an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

The programme is taught by experienced senior lecturers from the School of Education’s Centre for Education and Research (CESNER) alongside Local Authority and Teaching School partners with expertise in SEND. This programme is endorsed by NASEN.

Training will take place at a local venue following an induction day at the University of Northampton’s Park Campus.

Course content

The overall aims of the course are:
-Developing inclusive teaching approaches and co-ordinating provision for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities in their schools.
-Applying methods to identify additional needs and monitor the progress of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities.
-Instigating evidence-based, strategic approaches when deploying, supporting and managing other teaching and support staff.
-Establishing networks and partnerships with other SENCos and local advisors.

The programme includes:
-Two modules each worth 30 Level 7 credits at Master’s Level.
-Face-to-face taught sessions (seven days in total spread across the academic year 2016-2017).
-Online support – discussion groups, networking.
-Access to university support and services.
-Mentor support.

Course modules (16/17)

-The National Award for SEN Coordination (Part 1)
-The National Award for SEN Coordination (Part 2)

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The Postgraduate Diploma in SEN Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) is one of a range of special educational needs courses that are offered by the University of South Wales at postgraduate level. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in SEN Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) is one of a range of special educational needs courses that are offered by the University of South Wales at postgraduate level.

This course is for you if you have at least two years experience of working with students with SpLD and are looking to gain a qualification to enable you to apply to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for either Approved Teacher Status (ATS or ATS HE/FE) or an Associate Membership of the BDA (AMBDA or AMBDA FE/HE).

The course may also be of interest to other approved professionals, such as speech and language or occupational therapists and educational psychologists.

The Postgraduate Diploma in SEN Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) is recognised by the British Dyslexia Association for the award of Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA). It is also recognised by the Joint Council for Qualifications as the appropriate training for completing Access Arrangements in Secondary Schools.

Those who have obtained the PG Diploma in Spld (AMBDA) are eligible to assess and diagnose dyslexia.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1280-postgraduate-diploma-sen-specific-learning-difficulties

What you study

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma SEN in SpLD you must pass four taught modules:

• Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities which is taught on the campus or can be accessed via e-learning
• Specific Learning Difficulties
• Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with Specific Learning Difficulties
• Research Methodology

Both SpLD modules focus not only upon specific difficulties in literacy and numeracy, but address the wider spectrum of potentially associated conditions eg. Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The course enables participants to gain knowledge of:

• The vast range of differences within the SpLD continuum
• Current research on the identification of learners experiencing problems with literacy and numeracy
• Assessing individual learning needs, using both standardised and non-standardised methods
• Planning programmes of work for individual pupils based on initial and on-going assessment
• The effects on learning, self esteem and behaviour of SpLD
• Monitoring the progress of learners who may show uneven or intermittent standards of achievement
• A variety of strategies and resources, including ICT and technical aids, for assisting pupil organisation, drafting and presentation of work
• The monitoring, evaluation and auditing responsibilities within school or service, in respect of the quality of provision for pupils with SpLD.

Learning and teaching methods

Students undertake two modules in year one, and two modules in year two. Both SpLD modules are taught on Monday evenings for three hours on campus over a period of 12 consecutive weeks.

Assessment methods

The first module is assessed on the basis of a written assignment of 5,000 words (or equivalent).

The second module is assessed in two ways:
- For students seeking a professional award, the successful completion of 30 hours of teaching experience and assessment of relevant files (equivalent to 5,000 words)

- For other participants, one 5,000 word assignment, or the equivalent

Employment Prospects

Most students proceed to the MA dissertation, in order to achieve the award of MA SEN.

Following successful completion of the course, some students have gained posts as school and college SENCOs, specialist tutors in SPLD services, set up their own SpLD consultancies, or become LEA Advisors. Others have published books and papers on the subject and gained doctorate awards.

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In a world of fast-paced medical advances and with survival rates on the increase, special educational needs and disabilities(SEND)are becoming increasingly complex to address. Read more
In a world of fast-paced medical advances and with survival rates on the increase, special educational needs and disabilities(SEND)are becoming increasingly complex to address. Our course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding for improving provision and engaging constructively and confidently with professionals and families of children and young people with SEND, 0-25 years.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/special-educational-needs

Studying with colleagues and experts from various professional disciplines, you’ll work closely with those who recognise the importance of ensuring quality of life and fulfilment of families’ aspirations for children and young people with SEND.

From exploring professionals’ duties and procedures within the wider societal and familial context, to the enhancement of intervention, communication and inter-personal skills, our course aims to strengthen and enrich your professional repertoire, and tackle the assumptions that it’s clear how to collaborate and maximise one another’s skills.

We believe that the full participation and empowerment of all stakeholders is key in shaping the direction of the lives of children and young people with SEND. Alongside gaining insights and a deeper understanding of perspectives and frameworks, you’ll work with verbal and non-verbal strategies to support collaboration and the intervention process for children and young people with SEND.

Specialist tutors from our respected professional training courses will bring knowledge and experiences from various disciplines. In addition to this, a week-long summer school will develop your inter-professional approaches and enhance your range of strategies while you enjoy the beautiful city of Cambridge.

Careers

Although our course is primarily aimed at those working with children and young people with SEN, it also addresses the urgent need to strengthen collaborative working. For newly-qualified professionals, our Masters degree will enhance your employability as a potential specialist for children with SEN and their families.

Where you go with our course is entirely up to you. SENCOs may wish to enhance their training and so gain a higher degree; likewise, other serving teachers and allied professionals could use it for personal and professional career advancement or perhaps a move to a related field. If you’re an international student, you may wish to use our approaches to strengthen and influence policy and provision within your home country, or possibly develop new structures and career opportunities.

Whatever your background and personal or professional agenda, and however far you wish to take your study, our course will prepare you with transferable knowledge, skills and understanding for engaging collaboratively to make a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable citizens and their families.

Modules & Assessment

Send and Disability in Context
Intervention for SEN and Disabilities
Exploring Boundaries and Practices for SEN and Disabilities
Investigating Education through Research
Postgraduate Major Project (double module)

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.

Assessment

Our course uses an imaginative range of approaches for you to demonstrate not only your developing knowledge and understanding of theoretical module content, but also your expanding skills from across disciplines for engaging and empowering professionals, families and children and young people with SEN themselves.

You’ll engage in collaborative assessments such as group presentations, alongside other methods like individual critical reflections and an extended evaluation of issues applied to your own unique context.

Our assignments have been designed to progress your learning, assessing your ability to communicate with clariyy both verbally and in written reports for a range of audiences. You’ll be expected to demonstrate an appropriate ability to meet academic conventions for Masters level study, with fluent and accurate Standard English and referencing.

Notes on modules for part-time students -

If you're studying our course part-time, you'll study the following modules in your first year:

• either The Interprofessional Context for SEN or Intervention for SEN
• Investigating Education through Research
• Exploring Boundaries and Practices for SEN.

In your second year you'll study:

• either Intervention for SEN or The Interprofessional Context for SEN
• Postgraduate Major Project.

Where you'll study

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Cambridge - Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.
http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/cambridge-campus

Additional study information -

Throughout your time on our course, you’ll be encouraged to work in study groups from diverse backgrounds. This will not only aid opportunities for making informal professional visits but also will deepen your understanding of different perspectives.

The way our course is taught has been designed for you. If you need to study at a distance, you can make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

At the end of your first year of study, we offer a week-long summer school. You’ll be expected to attend this, and should plan accordingly when applying. If you’re an international student, we may be able to help with some of your logistical arrangements. For further advice, please speak with our International Admissions team on .

Our teaching sessions use specialist facilities and tutors from across a range of disciplines.

If you’re not in a regular work setting with access to children with SEN, you’ll be supported to find a voluntary placement, for example in a special school. This will require enhanced DBS clearance, which all students have to secure before starting this course.

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The course meets the learning outcomes agreed nationally by the DFE and the SENCO Award providers’ group for the NASENCO qualification. Read more

Summary

The course meets the learning outcomes agreed nationally by the DFE and the SENCO Award providers’ group for the NASENCO qualification. The course content is informed by current SEN and disability legislation and underpinned by current theory and research led practice pertaining to Special and Inclusive Education.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) play a vital role in leading the co-ordination of provision for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities in schools. In September 2009 it became law for every new SENCO in a mainstream school to gain the Masters-level National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within 3 years of taking up the post.

Content

It will consist of 9 taught days and one further day at the university for tutorials, study and research. It provides professional development for new to post SENCOs to enhance the quality of teaching for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability and to improve provision and outcomes for them. Course teaching days always take place on Wednesdays at Roehampton.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) play a vital role in leading the co-ordination of provision for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities in schools. In September 2009 it became law for every new SENCO in a mainstream school to gain the Masters-level National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within 3 years of taking up the post.

Following new legislation around Special Educational Needs included within the Children and Families Bill 2014, the outcomes for the National SENCO Award have changed for the cohort 2014/15. This is to ensure the Award continues to reflect the role of the SENCO, within the changing national and local context of Special Educational Needs.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership has provided provisional learning outcomes for the NASENCO Award next year, focused on three areas:

A. Professional Knowledge and Understanding.
B. Leading and Coordinating Provision
C. Personal and Professional Qualities

Academic Support

Each participant on the programme will be allocated a tutor within the University who will have experience in tutoring and supporting participants from a range of university programmes, including those who are studying whilst working full time. Additionally, the SENCO host school will provide a school-based mentor to oversee and support the school based element of the training, and to mark the portfolio. The school-based mentor will also play a key role in supporting and advising the new to post SENCO.

Assessment

The assessment is in two parts, each of which must be passed and each of which is equivalent to 5000 words.

Part 1: A Portfolio of Evidence
The portfolio must comprise evidence to demonstrate meeting the SENCO training standards. The evidence should be drawn from practice-based experience and from learning through the programme. Reflective commentary on evidence provided must be included. A reflective reading log must be included as an Appendix. The Mentor Handbook must be included as an Appendix.

Part 2: A Report of a Reflective Practitioner Enquiry (5000 word report)
The report must be based on a practitioner led enquiry carried out in the school, which explores an area/issue of inclusive practice or provision in order to support improvement for pupils with SEN and/or a disability.

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

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

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

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

What you study

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

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

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

Learning and teaching methods

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

Assessment methods

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

Employment Prospects

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

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

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

Teaching

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

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This blended learning module allows you to reflect critically and guide your practice in the management of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD. Read more
This blended learning module allows you to reflect critically and guide your practice in the management of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD.

The SEN Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a challenging and stimulating blended learning course delivered by the internationally recognised Dyscovery Centre. The Dyscovery Centre offers assessment and assistance to children and adults with living and learning difficulties such as ADHD.

The Masters level 30 Credit module is accessible through blended learning which includes a combination of face-to-face teaching at the University of South Wales and e-learning. This offers you the opportunity to meet for four training days, receive information via the website and have telephone and email support and discussion.

There is growing awareness of ADHD in the UK and internationally. The SEN ADHD course will guide all those providing support, including members of CAMHS teams, Allied Health Professionals (AHP) and paediatricians to understand the diagnosis and treatments for ADHD and gain the skills to work in this field. The module will also be relevant to teachers and psychologists with an interest in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1379-sen-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd

What you study

You are required to critically reflect on the challenges of interdisciplinary working as well as the issues of comorbidity that are evident among individuals with ADHD and how these may impact on the identification and assessment processes.

You are expected to undertake reading from a wide range of sources to develop your understanding and to reflect upon current practice from the evidence base presented.
The content of this module allows you to reflect critically and to guide your practice in the management of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD.

The module considers methods and models of management and intervention in the field of ADHD and considers the overlap with other related disorders. The course examines the effective working practices in this field.

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is delivered through blended learning and will include four days of direct teaching time, plus online learning. The attendance at the four days of direct teaching is essential.

Assessment methods

Students will be required to submit a 5,000 word assignment at the end of the module.

Employment Prospects

Students may wish to progress to the MA Education and Linked Named Awards programme at the University of South Wales or to undertake research in the field of developmental disorders.

Teaching

This course is delivered through The Dyscovery Centre, an internationally recognised centre offering assessment and assistance to children and adults with living and learning difficulties such as ADHD.

The Dyscovery Centre is a specialist and high quality service that undertakes research, provides clinical services and provides consultancy services and training at all levels from awareness raising courses to Masters degree level.

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The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment. Read more
The MA Education is designed to enhance your professional practice and help you make improvements which will make a positive difference either within the classroom or your particular work environment.

Highly flexible, it caters for educators with a diverse range of experience, development needs, and study requirements. It is suitable for teachers, those in leadership or policy-making roles, and other practitioners working in education or related settings.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

This MA will enable you to explore concepts, approaches and issues relevant to the teaching and learning of students with special educational needs and disabilities. It is suitable for educators working with learners of all ages in specialist or mainstream education. One module includes practical school visits and a two-week experiential placement.

The syllabus may include:

* Legislation and policy – SEN classifications; statutory assessments; implications of new legislation; international context

* Types of need – including learning difficulties, behavioural difficulties, specific learning needs (e.g. dyslexia, numeracy, literacy), sensory and physical needs, communication difficulties

* Theory and practice – current thinking in relation to need, intervention, diagnosis and assessment; models of learning; curriculum models; personalisation and differentiation; and design and evaluation of materials

* Inclusive education – main concepts including integration, segregation, exclusion; international perspectives

* Teaching and learning – appropriate approaches depending on need

* Collaboration and support systems – including role of SENCO, peers, teaching assistants, support staff and pupil participation

* Systems and management of SEN – models of provision; the role of special schools; national agencies; voluntary groups

* Practical school experience – observations on practice, curriculum and teaching

Modules

The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand, please see the website for a current list of modules available http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/modules/

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

What will I study?

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

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

How will I study?

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

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

How will I be assessed?

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

Who will be teaching me?

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

What are my career prospects?

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

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NASC is now a requirement for working as a SENCO, so make sure you have the right qualifications for your career. We enable new and experienced SENCOs to enhance provisions and outcomes for all children, focusing on those with special educational needs or disabilities. Read more
NASC is now a requirement for working as a SENCO, so make sure you have the right qualifications for your career. We enable new and experienced SENCOs to enhance provisions and outcomes for all children, focusing on those with special educational needs or disabilities. SENCOs become knowledgeable, confident leaders of change within their settings who have developed and practised skills, challenged their own thinking and practices, formed strong professional networks of support within the course and are able to devise, implement and evaluate provision to enhance the outcomes for the children in their care.

Our courses take into account the Children and Families Act (2014) and SEND Code of Practice. With well over 500 SENCOs successfully completing the course, you can trust that our expert teaching team and innovative online activities are of the highest calibre. Our staff are former SENCOs themselves and are passionate about the value of what they do, bringing a wide range of experience to help enhance your studies further. You'll form strong professional networks of support that will help you forge a successful career as a fully qualified SENCO.

Course outline

Our programme aims to provide a structured opportunity to widen knowledge and understanding of key issues, to develop and practise skills, and to reflect on the values and attitudes which will support SENCOs in their work. This will be supplemented firstly by the identification of a group of course participants who work collaboratively and supportively, and who facilitate hosting of visits to one another's settings, and beyond, to work together and to access opportunities which complement the previous experience of the participant. Secondly, through support offered by a suitable identified mentor within the school or setting of the course member, we will facilitate opportunities relevant to the academic and professional portfolio of the participant, and support on matters of leadership and strategic development.

Schools and settings supporting their SENCos in the professional development associated with this course will need to be aware that they will need to be released from their setting-based responsibilities in order to attend the induction (half a day), 6 face-to-face days and a number of group meetings/visits, in addition to some individual study time. They will need to support introduction of a SENCo-led change project and subsequent research, and to provide opportunities for leading staff meetings, interacting with the governing body and the senior leadership team.

Graduate destinations

Completing the course will earn you a Postgraduate Certificate, equivalent to a third of a masters. Credits from this award can be put towards an MA in Education Professional Practice, contributing to the named Inclusionary Practice pathway.

Other admission requirements

An honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution if you are a UK resident. EU and overseas applicants appropriate equivalence will apply. Applicants without standard qualifications must demonstrate:
-The capacity for theoretical debate.
-A high level of motivation.
-The capacity for independent study.
-The ability to achieve the proposed programme of work.

Students for whom English is not their first language must have achieved IELTS level 6 English language qualification.

All participants must be holders of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They must also be holders of the post of SENCO; this can be either as a new SENCO, or as an experienced SENCO. Those preparing for the role, providing that they are able to exercise the role of SENCo, and experience the full range of responsibilities of SENCo may join the course as they are transitioning into the role.

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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, our MA in Special Educational Needs and Disability will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become an advanced practitioner and leader in your setting. Read more
Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, our MA in Special Educational Needs and Disability will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become an advanced practitioner and leader in your setting.

The MA in Special Educational Needs and Disability is a postgraduate course designed in response to a changing agenda for special education. It aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become an advanced practitioner and leader in your setting.

You can receive credit on the Special Educational Needs and Disability course at three different levels.

You may wish to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises three specialist special educational needs (SEN) modules from the course (60 credits). If you wish to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma, you can then add three more specialist modules from the SEN options, including Autism, Dyslexia or Dyscalculia (another 60 credits). Your final 60 credits would then be your Dissertation based around a topic within SEN. Successful completion of all of these would then give you a full MA in SEN.

The MA takes as its ideology the notion that person-centred, inclusive thinking that foregrounds individual interests and needs of children, young people and adults with SEN and/or disabilities is at the heart of all practice. It is based on the premise that parents and carers are equal partners in securing achievement, progress and well-being, and that value-free understanding of social and familial contexts is crucial in responding to a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

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This one year, National Award is available to SENCOs from any school in the UK. It is delivered though a partnership between Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire County Council. Read more
This one year, National Award is available to SENCOs from any school in the UK. It is delivered though a partnership between Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire County Council. Prior to the establishment of the National Award, we had an established track record of jointly delivering a highly regarded induction course for SENCOs.

Why study this course?

1. Achievement of this National Award is a legal requirement for all new SENCOs
2. With only five compulsory days attendance, and distance support it is ideal to fit in with a busy lifestyle
3. Benefit from a course leader with a national and international reputation in special education and inclusion
4. Access all the University's resources and online workspace

What will I study

The National Award comprises of two elements:
1. A practical competency framework where you collect evidence for a series of nationally-set professional outcomes
2. Master's level study (60 credits), which can be used towards gaining an MA in Special and Inclusive Education

Study sessions involve:
* five compulsory days attendance the University
* five days for independent set tasks
* Personal or virtual tutorial and tutor support sessions as required by you

Compulsory taught sessions

The compulsory taught sessions cover:
1. Introduction to National Award for SEN Co-ordination and induction into NTU; ethics; and the importance of pupil voice.
2. The national and local policy context; an overview of the legislative framework; SEN tribunals; and removing barriers to achievement.
3. The professional role of the SENCO and the role of leadership.
4. Assessment and planning.
5. Working in partnership with others.

Independent set tasks

The set tasks all involve school-based activities and include:
1. One day (equivalent) of meetings with your head teacher to focus on the professional role of the SENCO and review how to meet your learning outcomes. It is recommended this is around two hours a term.
2. Half day visit to an alternative phase mainstream setting, focussing on the professional role of the SENCO, low / high incidence of SEN and disabilities, participation and learning, and working in partnership with other professionals.
3. Half day visit to either a community special school or a special school focussing on a particular needs, for example autism. The focus is on high incidence of SEN and disabilities, participation and learning, and working in partnership with other professionals.
4. Half day attendance at a multi-professional / multi-agency meeting, with a focus on working with other professionals.
5. Two days in school to undertake tasks linked to the written assignments, with a focus on conducting an inquiry, audit and evaluation of provision and working with pupils, parents and colleagues.
6. Half day optional attendance at a tutorial on Meeting the Learning Outcomes at NTU. If you decide not to attend this, you may use the time for further course related work in school.

Masters level study

The Master's component consists of four compulsory tasks:
1. A critical review of legislation, policy and literature as it relates to the SENCO role.
2. A critical review of SEN policy in action within your school
3. A small-scale research study about improving pupil achievement.
4. A critical analysis of school practice of consulting, engaging and communicating with pupils and parents.

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