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Ranked number one in Wales for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017), Education at Wrexham Glyndwr University is one of the institution's most successful courses, working closely with organisations in a wide group of sectors, notably FE, health and training. Read more
Ranked number one in Wales for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017), Education at Wrexham Glyndwr University is one of the institution's most successful courses, working closely with organisations in a wide group of sectors, notably FE, health and training.

The department has had a successful period which included strong performances in the Sunday Times and Guardian league tables.

Our MA Education has been designed to provide content and context that relates directly to the work of educational professionals in their settings including schools, colleges, universities and public sector organisations. All content and assignments are work-related, enabling you to consider the latest theoretical underpinning for the subject area selected relating to your work.

You can select from the following named routes:
-MA Education (Learning & Teaching)
-MA Education (Leadership)
-MA Education (Additional Learning Needs)
-MA Education (Youth and Community Work)
-MA Education (Counselling Skills for Education)
-or make their own selection of modules to achieve the generic MA Education award.

The MA Education (Additional Learning Needs) has two pathways. There are generic SEN/ALN modules or, candidates may elect to study the specific British Dyslexia Association accredited modules to achieve the Approved Teacher Status (ATS) and then the Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) awards.

The MA Education has been designed to meet the requirements of the Welsh Government’s priorities for education and caters for a wide range of professionals who are involved in delivering education in a variety of organisations and related settings. Partners involved in the design of this programme included: local authorities; FE colleges; voluntary and community organisations, nurse educators; headteachers; teachers and current students.

Whatever setting you come from, you will be challenged to extend your thinking about the subjects you select, deepen your understanding of the content and theoretical foundations of the area and, be encouraged to reflect critically upon how this will impact on your practice. All assignments will be context related to enable you to implement many of the ideas discussed and to evaluate their success.

Key Course Features

-The course is designed in partnership with LEAs, local further and higher education and training providers, professional agencies and leading consultants.
-The MA provides Continuing Professional Development for professionals working in schools, further education and training, higher education and community and voluntary sectors.
-The course provides progression opportunities from undergraduate level by offering a number of exit points: single module, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma and MA Education.
-The programme is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

What Will You Study?

The programme is structured to develop your skills and concepts incrementally through the following stages:
-Postgraduate Certificate stage: 1 core module: Mastering Professional Learning, and 1 option module.
-Postgraduate Diploma stage: 1 core module: Research Methodology and Enquiry in Education, and 1 option module.
-MA Education stage: A dissertation on an aspect of interest that you wish to explore.

A selection of the option modules available include (subject to numbers):
-Overview of behaviour management
-Supporting mathematical learning: pupils with specific learning difficulties
-Supporting pupils with literacy difficulties and dyslexia
-Inclusion
-Poverty, Attainment and Education
-Learning from Teaching
-Promoting Positive Behaviour
-Recognising, Respecting and Developing Individuality
-Curriculum Design and Development
-Learning and Assessment
-Language and Literacy in Learning and Teaching
-Effective Professional Learning Communities (60 credits)
-Teaching Critical Thinking, Reasoning and Argument Skills
-Teaching and Learning with Technology
-Mentoring to Develop and Improve Professional Practice
-Negotiated Learning
-Leadership and Management in Education
-Leading and Managing Professionals
-Accountability, Evaluation and School Improvement
-Strategic and Developmental Planning for School Improvement
-Impact of Developmental Ages and Stages on the Counselling Relationship
-Using Creative Resources in Counselling
-Relationships in Schools: How to Use Counselling Skills to Support Pupils’ Well-being and Achievement
-Therapeutic Play Skills

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

Assessments will reflect the professional context in which you work and reflect an enquiry-led approach to learning that comprises portfolios, presentations, reports, research projects, reports to seminar groups and essays.

Career Prospects

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

This course provides a career-enhancing, internationally-recognised award that is valued by many professions.

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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

Overview

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.

You may choose an individually constructed programme, or follow a specialist route which may be reflected in your degree title. You may study full-time or part-time, and choose to study on campus or via blended or distance learning. You may also study single modules through our Professional Development in Education programme (http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/graduatestudies/masters/professionaldevelopmentineducation/ ) .

Whichever route you choose, you will be taught by academics with considerable experience as practitioners, and whose research sets the agenda, influences policy and leads to innovation in the classroom.

Programme structure

The modules you take will depend on whether you are undertaking an individually constructed programme or wish to graduate with a named specialism within your degree title.

Learning and teaching

Delivery: campus-based/distance learning/blended learning:

As a Masters level student you will become part of the research-intensive Graduate School of Education, studying with some of the leading scholars in their disciplines. Depending on the modules you choose, the following options are available:
- Campus-based (entirely at our St Luke’s Campus)
- Distance learning (online only)
- Blended learning (mixture of campus-based, mostly Saturdays, and online learning)

Learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, and online resources and interaction. Some modules also involve studio and classroom work, field trips, and school visits. Visit the web pages for each specialism to find out more.

Specialist pathways include:

- Individually constructed programme
- Creative Arts in Education
- Language and Literacy
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education
- Special Educational Needs
- Technology, Creativity and Thinking

Individually constructed programme

The main reason our students undertake postgraduate study is because they want to become better teachers and practitioners so they can help their students realise their potential. This programme gives you the flexibility to improve various aspects of your professional practice and to choose a course of study most suitable to your role, employer’s priorities, career-stage or interests (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/individual/ ).

Creative Arts in Education

The creative arts provide opportunities for developing creative and aesthetic understanding, finding a personal and communal voice within different cultural contexts, and are linked to improvements in academic achievement.
This specialism will help you encourage creativity via the arts, understand the variety of roles the arts in education might take, and consider how arts teaching can benefit other areas of the curriculum and promote inclusion. Unique in integrating approaches to drama, music, dance and visual art, this MA includes visits to schools and venues such as galleries, as well as interactions with key cultural organisations. You may also specialise in a particular art form. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/creativearts/ )

Language and Literacy

The ability to read and write well is fundamental to a learner’s prospects and ultimate career ambitions. This specialism will help you better understand the requirements of your students and to develop strategies to improve their language and literacy skills and assessment outcomes. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/languageliteracy/ )

Mathematics Education

Many learners struggle with mathematics, and yet numerical ability is essential both in the workplace and every day life. This specialism will give you the tools to improve your own professional practice and adopt the latest innovations to help your students excel. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/mathematics/ )

Science Education

Students with good scientific knowledge and related skills such as problem-solving, are not only equipped to better understand the world around them but also to excel in the jobs market. So why is it so difficult to get some students engaged? This specialism will help you develop strategies to get learners excited by science, and to improve your teaching techniques to get better results in the classroom. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/science/ )

Special Educational Needs

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. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/sen/ )

Technology, Creativity and Thinking

Digital technology offers teachers new opportunities to help students learn and work together more effectively. Investigate how the teaching and learning needs to adapt to meet the needs of future learners. Explore new digital technologies and current approaches to teach creativity and thinking skills. This programme can be studied on campus or via distance learning. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/education/educationma/tct/ )

Careers

The flexibility of this programme means it is ideal for students from a range of subject, professional and career backgrounds including teachers, lecturers, administrators, education advisors, or other related professions. This degree also offers excellent progression to a professional doctorate.

Graduate destinations

The University has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers in the UK and overseas.

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Our MA Education is designed for graduates and aimed specifically at educational professionals (e.g. teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support/administrative roles). Read more
Our MA Education is designed for graduates and aimed specifically at educational professionals (e.g. teachers, lecturers and others working in educational settings in support/administrative roles). We offer a generic MA Education and also an MA Education with specialist routes:

MA Education (Catholic School Leadership),
MA Education (Leadership and Management),
MA Education (Learning and Teaching),
MA Education (Inclusion and SEN)
MA Education (Early Childhood Education and Care)
MA Education (Higher Education Practice),
MA Education (Research),
MA Education (Safeguarding).


Postgraduate certificates for the above routes are also available as interim or stand-alone awards, including a Post Graduate Special Education Needs Coordinators.

Course content

Newman offers you the opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge, understanding and skills by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. The course promotes critical engagement in a range of contemporary issues pertinent to specific interests and needs and you are encouraged to explore your own personal and professional interests and expertise.
If you wish to progress your studies even further then the course provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to PhD/EdD study.

Selection of module

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This is a modular programme in which the emphasis is on selecting elective modules to best suit your professional needs and interests:
• An Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching
• Advanced Mentoring and Coaching
• Learning, Teaching and Assessment
• Learning via new Technologies
• Educational Leadership
• Change Management
• Reflective Practice
• SEN and Inclusion
• The role of the SENCo
• International Education
• Professional Enquiry Skills
• Independent Study
• Specialist Study
Please note elective modules will be offered based on viable numbers each year.
Compulsory modules:
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

The MA Education is typically taken over 2-3 years part-time (over 12-18 months full-time). To gain an MA Education you must complete 180 credits at Masters level. The programme also provides a basis for progression to doctoral study in education. To gain an MA Education, you must successfully complete 180 credits – 90 of these are from elective modules and 90 are from core/compulsory modules. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises 2 elective modules typically taken over 6-9 months part-time (over 4 months full-time).

Attendance

Modules are based at Newman, with sessions taking place from 5.30-7.30 on Monday-Thursday evenings. However, if there are significant numbers of staff in one institution wishing to undertake the programme we can deliver the programme on your site at times convenient to you.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessment formats including portfolios, presentations and written assignments. The course will recognise your needs as a learner and develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of learning situations and assessment tasks.

Special features

You will have access to all facilities at Newman including the library, which stocks a wide range of books, journals and e-books. Previous level 7 masters credits may be transferred (free-of-charge) through the accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL). Also, you can gain credits for other sustained CPD programmes you have undertaken, such as National College Programmes, by writing up your reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module via the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). You may also gain national professional recognition through the Teaching and Learning Academy for your Masters level work.

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Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of special educational needs in Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET), and including 14-19 provision. Read more

Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of special educational needs in Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET), and including 14-19 provision.

It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement, or if you are already working as a teacher or trainer within the SEN context and want to become qualified.

The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in Post-16 and Further Education, the new Diploma in Education and Training for Disabled Learners (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body, currently the Institute for Learning (IfL) and sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for Post-16 and Further Education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you

  • develop as a teacher in special educational needs
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories
  • engage with the latest developments for special educational needs in the Post-16 and Further Education context

You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.

Key areas covered include • planning and preparing to teach • assessment for learning • teaching methods • behaviour for learning • using technology in teaching and learning • progression against the professional standards • understanding your wider professional context.

Settings of Post-16 and Further Education and Training include • further education colleges • school sixth forms • higher education institutions • adult and community learning providers • private training companies • public services • 14-19 educational providers.

After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 7 qualification equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training, but at masters level, and you can use these 60 credits towards a masters course.

We have partnerships with a range of settings across the Post-16 and Further Education sector, who provide you with a wide range of placement opportunities.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree or equivalent and need an initial teaching qualification, you can study our CertEd Post-16 Education and Training. This route is not available with the special educational needs specialism.

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Professional recognition

The course is recognised by the Education and Training Foundation (EtF).

Course structure

Modules

  • introduction to learning, teaching and assessment
  • the learner experience (SEN)
  • professional practice 1 and 2 (SEN)
  • exploring your specialist context (SEN)
  • extending teaching for learning

Assessment

  • assessment of practical teaching
  • presentations
  • planning and evaluation exercises
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • written assignments

Employability

We have an excellent graduate employment record. On average 95% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Previous students have gone on to teach in • further education colleges • sixth form colleges • schools • public services • private training organisations • voluntary sector.

Others work as educational development officers or similar for local education authorities, non-governmental organisations and charities.



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Our MA Education programme focuses on educational practice using methods of practice-related inquiry. Read more
Our MA Education programme focuses on educational practice using methods of practice-related inquiry. Building on our recognised excellence in postgraduate teaching and research, this programme offers a structured pathway for professional development and scholarship in general education or one of three subject specialisms: Early Childhood Studies, Mathematics Education, or SEN and Inclusion.

Key features

-Take the opportunity to research through a specialised pathway, tailored sustainability and outdoor learning modules, or your own area of interest.
-Benefit from Saturday, weekday and evening face-to-face provision and tutorials offering flexibility for professional practitioners.
-Learn from experienced educators who have first-hand familiarity with the challenges and possibilities of educational practice.
-Further develop your expertise in specific educational issues of interest to you.
-Develop the ability to undertake systematic inquiries and the capability to respond to ethical issues through critical analysis and decision making.

Course details

The programme provides a clear framework for study, designed to suit both professional practitioners and those interested in the scholarship of education. Classes are either on campus or delivered through our Digital Learning Environment. The general MA Education route and modules are available as distance learning. All students take the Researching Education Practice in Context module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Our specialist and optional modules are designed to allow you the opportunity to pursue your own areas of interest, supported by knowledgeable and research-active academics. All of our general MA Education modules run every year, but subject-specialist modules may depend on demand. Practice-related inquiry modules are a special feature of the programme, where you negotiate a topic of study, supervised by one of the teaching team.

Core modules
-MAED702 Masters of Arts in Education Dissertation

Optional modules
-MASE741 Critical Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Disability and Diversity
-MAED701 Researching Education Practice in Context
-MAME731 Understanding Contemporary Mathematics Education
-MAED711 Thinking About Contemporary Education
-MAME732 Understanding Teaching and Learning in Mathematics
-MLS705 Global Education: Theory and Practice
-MAEC721 Enabling Learning in Early Childhood
-MLS703 Ecological and Sustainability Literacy
-MAEC722 Developing Leadership Skills in Early Childhood Settings
-MASE742 Researching Theory and Practice of Inclusive Education, Disability and Diversity
-MAED717 Practice Related Inquiry 1
-MAED718 Practice Related Inquiry 2
-MLS710 Alternatives in Education and Society
-MLS711 The Experience of Outdoor Learning

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Programme design

The programme is designed to offer you maximum curricular choice within a clear structure by asking you to:
-Choose from a limited range of modules in one of the three specialisms or the general education pathway
-Set your own assignment topic related to module content within all modules
-Undertake optional modules in practice related inquiry and negotiate topics of personal interest with your lecturer
-Design your own research project on your chosen aspect of educational practice for your dissertation module

The way we assess work is through carefully constructed assessment modes that will prepare you for the different elements of dissertation work.

Teaching methods

We use a wide range of pedagogies to support inclusion and participation in higher education. The following is a list:
-Onsite whole class or tutorial sessions with module lecturers
-Online contact with lecturers and/or fellow students
-Directed study (specific tasks related to the module and set by lecturers for completion in your own time)
-Self-directed inquiry, research or scholarship (which may include undertaking a project, reading, work with children, work with colleagues, investigation of topic of interests, etc).

Networking and socialising

As a postgraduate student in Plymouth Institute of Education you'll have plenty of opportunities to attend postgraduate conference events and socialise with other masters and doctorate students at tea breaks on our taught Saturdays.

There is an annual conference for masters students, as well as a history of inviting masters dissertation students to attend the annual on-campus Institute of Health and Community/Plymouth Institute of Education postgraduate conference.

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The Management of Special Education in Developing Countries is a full-time programme is for teachers, administrators and non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff who are working in special education in developing countries and who wish to develop their management or leadership expertise. Read more
The Management of Special Education in Developing Countries is a full-time programme is for teachers, administrators and non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff who are working in special education in developing countries and who wish to develop their management or leadership expertise. Although most students are not from the EU, this course is also suitable for UK/EU students. The programme combines modules in Special Education with modules in International Studies in Education, using theory and practice from both in order to enable participants to improve management practice in the national context in which they work. A research dissertation also enables participants to put together management and special education in a uniquely relevant way for them.

This International Studies in Education programme has been taught at the School of Education for 50 years, and the School has one of the largest SEN departments in the UK. In consultation with tutors, you will choose modules totalling 100 credits from those available in the International Studies in Education and Special Education programmes, with a minimum of two modules from either field. You will also need to take the Practioner Inquiry in Education (PIE) module. A research dissertation will enable you to put together management and special education in a way which is uniquely relevant way for you.

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Why study at Roehampton. All modules are taught in the evening. Choose a specialist pathway in either Inclusive Perspectives or Psychological Perspectives. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • All modules are taught in the evening
  • Choose a specialist pathway in either Inclusive Perspectives or Psychological Perspectives
  • Tailor the programme to your own needs and interests
  • Gain the Certificate of Competency in Educational Testing accredited by the British Psychological Society (optional) as part of the programme or as a stand-alone module

Course summary

The Special Educational Needs (SEN) programme investigates issues involved in the education and development of children and young people with learning difficulties, disabilities and disadvantages. Our programme is founded upon a commitment to forms of education which enable the participation, learning and development of all.

Students studying on the programme engage with aspects of theory, policy and practice relevant to international and local contexts. With its international profile, this programme brings together teachers and other professionals working directly with children and young people with learning difficulties, disabilities or disadvantages, as well as policy-makers and managers in areas of SEN and Inclusive Education.

On the MA Special Educational Needs, students choose between two distinct pathways, Inclusive Perspectives or Psychological Perspectives, which reflect different theoretical traditions and approaches to practice, provision and policy within the field of special educational needs, disability and inclusion. Both pathways are relevant to mainstream and special education contexts.

The Inclusive Perspectives pathway emphasises the application of inclusive and person-centred values and critical educational analysis. Concepts and theories such as person-centred education; participation and ‘voice’; the social model of disability and difference; and human rights and equalities are used to consider educational practice, provision, policy and systems relating to pupils experiencing difficulties in educational settings.

The Psychological Perspectives pathway emphasises the use and application of psychological theories. Concepts and theories of cognition, educational testing, and social and emotional development are central in developing psychologically informed understandings of children and young people experiencing difficulties in educational settings. 

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

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

Content

All students complete a common module which takes a broad view of key perspectives and issues in SEN, it also introduces the psychological and inclusive perspectives. From here, students undertake specialist modules within the programme, depending on their chosen pathway.

Inclusive Perspectives Pathway content: Students critically explore the issues involved in children’s behaviour using sociological approaches. You will reflect on your own and society's beliefs about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviour, which often relate to medical and psychological foundations of schools’ policies and practices. The social pedagogical approach is also explored as a basis for inclusive teaching and learning. A critical analysis of instrumentalist/functionalist approaches to teaching is developed with a view to enhancing holistic development and the participation of pupils as a means of addressing barriers to the inclusivity of the classroom. 

Psychological Perspectives Pathway content: On this route students engage with the idea that socially and emotionally well-adjusted students perform better at school, whilst social and emotional aspects of learning have become marginalised in a highly competitive education system. The use of psychometric testing is covered, with an exploration of its appropriate uses (students can gain a Certificate of Competency in Educational Testing, accredited by the British Psychological Society, from successfully undertaking this module). 

Optional modules are available to students on both pathways which focus on Dyslexia as a Specific Learning Difficulty and on Autism in Education. Students also have an option, instead of taking a taught optional module, to take a (non-taught) Independent Study module to learn about a specific issue relevant to their pathway and interests, which is not taught about in the programme.

The final module is an independent research-based enquiry (either a Dissertation or Practice-Based Research Project), which is founded upon the pathway perspective chosen, but is also subject to the student’s choice of topic.

Modules

Required modules for both routes

  • Perspectives in SEN and Inclusion
  • Undertaking Social and Educational Research
  • Dissertation OR 
  • Practice-based Research Project

Inclusive Perspectives

  • Behaviour, Inclusion and Exclusion in Education
  • Teaching, Learning and Social Pedagogy: working with difference, difficulty and individuality

Psychological Perspectives

  • Assessment and Intervention in Education
  • Social and Emotional Dimensions of Learning

Optional modules 

  • Behaviour, Inclusion and Exclusion in Education
  • Teaching, Learning and Social Pedagogy: working with difference, difficulty and individuality
  • Dyslexia as a Specific Learning Difficulty
  • Autism: Principles, Practices and Perspectives
  • Assessment and Intervention in Education

Career options

The Programme supports and enables:

  • Careers in professional practice and leadership: teaching, advisory work, SEN coordination, inclusion management, support assistance.
  • Careers in policy-making, implementation and development of inclusion and SEN provision.
  • Careers in research and developing the inclusion and SEN workforce in further and higher education.

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This programme extends the knowledge, understanding and skills of professionals in education who have a commitment to their continuing professional development and improved practice. Read more
This programme extends the knowledge, understanding and skills of professionals in education who have a commitment to their continuing professional development and improved practice. It also meets the needs of participants who wish to further their study of education as an academic discipline, and is seen as a progression route to the Doctorate in Education within the School of Education.

Participants build their programme by combining core courses, option courses and an educational research project. In this way, it is possible to achieve an endorsed MA which focuses on a specialist area of particular professional and/or academic relevance to an individual or institution. The programme currently offers the following endorsements: Leadership and Management, eLearning, Higher Education, Literacy, International, Special Educational Needs, Youth and Community, Early years and Childhood.

The programme aims to:

- Provide current and aspiring education practitioners and institutions with a flexible Master's programme which extends knowledge and practice through study and research

- Support continuing professional development, facilitating the progression of practitioners and institutions and contributing to personal and institutional effectiveness

- Provide those with a background and/or strong interest in education with a rigorous and engaging introduction to studying education as an academic subject at postgraduate level.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/eduge/ed

Education - General

Our programmes in education benefit post graduate professionals and researchers from a wide range of backgrounds. Focus on independent research. Or combine taught coursework with a supervised thesis. You can tailor your programme to suit your own interests and ambitions.

What you'll study

- Enquiry Skills and Research (30 credits)

- Enquiry Project (60 credits)

- 30-credit options from a range including: Organisational Leadership and Management; Personal Leadership; Literacy (Exploring Texts for Learning); Literacy and Learning (Enriching Practice); The Child's Lived Experience (Developing Confident Learners); Leadership and Management in Early Years; Key Themes and Debates in Childhood; Critical Approaches to Research in Childhood; Principles and Practice of Youth and Community Work; The Professional Practice of Youth and Community Work; Policy and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning; 21st Century Technologies and Education; Critical Issues in SEN and Disability (Pedagogy and Practice); Critical Issues in SEN and Disability (Discourse and Policy); Comparative Education; Negotiated Independent Study (90 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

Reports, portfolios, essays, work based learning, presentations, online tasks and a final dissertation.

Career options

Graduates from this programme may go on to develop careers in a wide range of roles and institutions, from middle and senior management opportunities in education and healthcare organisations to doctoral study and research.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/644412/MA-in-Education.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The MA in Education - SEND is relevant to a wide variety of settings and across the age range from early years through to post compulsory education in college, university and other contexts. Read more
The MA in Education - SEND is relevant to a wide variety of settings and across the age range from early years through to post compulsory education in college, university and other contexts. There is a strong focus on social justice and inclusion and the opportunity to reflect on your own professional practice throughout the courses.

MA in Education SEND is designed for people with an interest in autism and critical disability studies and for practitioners across the age range into post compulsory education. Based on the principles on 'nothing about us without us' content is informed by the experiences of people who identify personally with autism and /or SEND.

You'll develop a particular strand of interest into the dissertation and have opportunities to disseminate your findings to the work place and throughout the course. The Centre for Educational Research has a number of ongoing disability focused research projects and hosts the Disability Equality Research Network (DERN). This provides a vibrant supportive environment for your research and ensures that course content is always research-informed.

The programme will take place at LSBU (K2 Building) or in Special Educational Needs partners' schools and be delivered by academics and experts from the Special Educational Needs sector. Evening and weekend taught sessions are complemented by an extensive virtual learning environment and delivered on campus or elsewhere by arrangement. Students, wherever located, become part of diverse and stimulating LSBU community and the vibrant Centre for Education Research.

National Award for SEN Co-ordinator

You can also choose to take the recognised award of 'National Award for SEN Co-ordination' or options that will further deepen your understanding of SEND.

Modules

All modules are assessed by a mix of assignments, presentations, research projects and portfolio development.

Year 1

Students take two of the optional modules list below in year 1:

Special educational needs and disability
Part 2 SENCO National Award
Teaching and learning:
Understanding autism and learning
Autism individuality and identity
Part 1 SENCO National Award

Year 2

In addition to one of the modules listed above

Research Methods (compulsory)

Year 3

Dissertation (compulsory)

Timetable

Weekly evening seminars during term time.

Bespoke CPD sessions can be delivered on request.

Teaching and learning

You'll be taught by Dr Nicola Martin who has substantial experience in the field of autism including working with Professor Baron-Cohen on the Cambridge University Autism Project. She was also formerly director of the Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. Dr Martin is currently a lecturer at LSBU and is a Principal Investigator for Research Autism.

You'll also be taught by Gianna Knowles who has considerable experience of working with school staff to develop their Special Educational Needs Departments. Gianna has published a range of academic textbooks that support staff development in this area.

You'll benefit from an up to date Virtual Learning Environment via Moodle and be actively encouraged to make use of the extensive range of support services across the university. You'll have access to a supervisor during the dissertation phase.

Placements

Access to the workplace (including voluntary work) is essential for most of the modules within the MA.

Professional links

The department has wide professional links within and beyond the university and the UK. Examples include:

• The Equality Challenge Unit
• The Alliance for Inclusive Education
• Equality and Diversity Forum Research Network
• The Leadership Foundation
• Research Autism
• Theorising Autism Project
• Teacher Education for Equality and Sustainability Network (TEESNet)
• National Association of Disability Practitioners
• Commonworks (for a just and sustainable world)

Recent guest lectures have been given by disabled academics and parents of pupils who have experienced special education.

Employability

MA Education Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is designed to deepen your understanding of working with pupils /students in any educational setting, across the age range into adult education. It is therefore relevant to employment in school, college, alternative education settings and to work with disabled students at university. Content is applicable to teachers and staff in non- teaching roles, such as mentor, disability officer or learning support assistant. The content is also relevant to staff in strategic and operational leadership roles.

It is a professional and academic degree that provides an in-depth understanding of inclusive practice in education across the age range (in keeping with the 0-25 framework in the Children and Families Act 2014). The degree is relevant from early years to post-compulsory education in a wide variety of settings. The diverse requirements of learners identified with SEND and best practice to support inclusive learning and achievement will be explored. You'll be encouraged to critically engage with relevant theory and legislation contextualised and applied in practice.

This programme will contribute to your employability and the National SENco award may be a requirement of your workplace.

Students wishing to achieve promotion or develop a career in education benefit from having a higher degree. Progression from the MA to the EdD further enhances employability and promotion prospects, particularly in academia and research. CVs are improved by having publications in refereed journals and this is encouraged and supported on the MA as well as the Doctorate in Education.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What you study

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

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

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

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

Learning and teaching methods

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

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

Assessment methods

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

Employment Prospects

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

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

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This challenging postgraduate course will give you the opportunity to continue your professional development while focusing upon a key aspect of the education system which you will be able to tailor to your own practice. Read more
This challenging postgraduate course will give you the opportunity to continue your professional development while focusing upon a key aspect of the education system which you will be able to tailor to your own practice.

Taught by qualified practitioners, and with the opportunity to collaborate with peers from the sector, you will be able to create a body of new and emerging knowledge. This will inform and develop a wide range of educational sectors, such as further and higher education as well as schools. Research supported by critical enquiry and discourse will extend, develop and enhance your ability to evaluate and judge the underlying assumptions surrounding educational policy and practice.

You will graduate with the knowledge and confidence to initiate and sustain change, both in your own practice and within your professional context.

This course can also be taken part time, for more information, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/education-dtpema6/

Learn From The Best

Our staff are passionate about their subject and are practiced in the design and implementation of CPD programmes both in the UK and abroad. As well as this, our Education courses have been continually rated as 'outstanding' in Ofsted inspections.

You will be taught by qualified practitioners and lecturers who can reflect on their own practice-based knowledge and understanding of the sector. You will work closely with your course leader and guidance tutor on your dissertation project and can draw on their knowledge and expertise. The education team are dedicated to developing their own learning and are often published in education journals.

Teaching And Assessment

You will study current educational issues and examine key features of practices in educational systems, with particular reference to major current policy initiatives, and will be encouraged to become an independent learner, critically reflecting on your own experience and applying what you have learnt to your own organisation.

Through lectures, seminars, and group discussion you will develop a critical understanding of the inter-relationships between research, policy and practice and their applications to different settings and will use work-based learning to tailor the course to suit your own specialist area of practice.

You will be assessed by assignments, presentations, portfolios and reports, which will show evidence of achieving the learning outcomes.

Module Overview
PP0724 - The Empirical Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
TE7033 - Teaching Pupils with SpLD Dyslexia: Theory into Practice (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7034 - The Theory and Practice of Identification and Assessment (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7038 - Research Methods in Education and Training (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7039 - Systematic Appraisal in Education and Training (Optional, 60 Credits)
TE7040 - Inclusive Practice/SEN - School Practitioner Perspective (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7041 - Educational Leadership and Management (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7042 - Leading Learning (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7043 - Teaching and Learning (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7044 - Curriculum Development (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7045 - Coordinating Specialist Support (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7046 - Understanding Autism (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7047 - Autism: Social Behaviour and Promoting Learning (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7048 - Autism - Analysing Issues in Teaching & Learning (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7050 - Negotiated Study (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7051 - Independent Study in School Leadership (Optional, 30 Credits)
TE7052 - Mentoring and Coaching in Education and Training Settings (Optional, 30 Credits)
WB0715 - Preparation for Project Management (Optional, 30 Credits)
WB0716 - Work Based Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

From our base at Coach Lane Campus you will benefit from modern teaching facilities and from being immersed in an environment dedicated to the study of education. This gives you the opportunity to reflect on your learning and discuss your findings with your peers, many of whom are from similar work backgrounds and working towards the same career goals.

Technology enhanced learning will enable you to share learning materials and give you the means to discuss and develop ideas with members of your teaching group whilst online. Our lecture capture software will enable you to revisit lectures in your own time, giving you more flexibility in your learning.

International students will be able to access English language support sessions from experts in our English Language Centre.

Research-Rich Learning

Research-rich learning is embedded into every aspect of the MA in Education. The course is designed to encourage continued critical and independent enquiry.

You will develop skills in collaborative working, discipline-specific creativity and project management. You will examine key education theories and concepts and develop your understanding of these through critical discussion with peers, colleagues and teaching staff.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to examine, compare and contrast different world views. Your new knowledge will be cemented through the investigation and production of a dissertation focusing on an area of specific interest to your practice.

Give Your Career An Edge

This course will enable you to become a skilled and reflexive practitioner, able to apply what you have learnt to your own organisation. By examining and evaluating your practice in relation to a wide variety of theoretical concepts and ideas, you will be able to critically reflect on many work-related issues and be able to devise and implement workable solutions.

The course places great emphasis on employability and you will develop the key skills respected by employers, such as independent learning, communication, collaborative working, problem-solving and enhance your project management abilities.

You will be equipped with the ability to challenge your personal and professional development, applying planning tools and career advice through the UseMYAbility website.

Your Future

The students on this course are all existing education and training practitioners working in further or higher education and training organisations. The MA provides the further qualification needed to support you in your career development as a leader or manager within your organisation, with many graduates moving up into enhanced roles thanks to the new opportunities this postgraduate qualification provides.

Designed to appeal to a wide range of professionals in education, you will leave the course confident in your knowledge and abilities, empowered to make change in your own organisation and ready to take the next step in your career.

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Do you have a passion for educating children, particularly those with Special Educational Needs (SEN)? If your aim is to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary school teacher then our PGCE Primary Education with Specialism in SEN and QTS is the course for you. . Read more

Do you have a passion for educating children, particularly those with Special Educational Needs (SEN)? If your aim is to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary school teacher then our PGCE Primary Education with Specialism in SEN and QTS is the course for you. 

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. You’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

You’ll discover that the way we teach you and the time you spend in schools in the Birmingham area will give you a broad experience of working with children who come from a wide range of different social, economic and cultural backgrounds so you’ll be well placed to take on your NQT year.

Why choose us?

  • Successful completion of this course will highlight your SEN expertise and help you to stand out from the crowd.
  • Consistently high employability rates, with 98.8 per cent of our 2016 PGCE Primary graduates in employment or further study six months after their course (latest DLHE survey results 2015/16)
  • Over 70 per cent of our 2015 Primary PGCE graduates gained employment in West Midlands’ primary schools.
  • We support you with the job application process as part of your course.
  • If you have a First in your undergraduate degree, or a PhD, you may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL)For 2017 entry this bursary is £3000.
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • Gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.
  • We have strong relationships with more than 900 primary schools in the region. Schools are committed to the quality of experience they offer our trainees.
  • Our team of experienced teachers, who have held senior positions in schools, are there to support and guide your progress.

Entry requirements

In addition to the above, for entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

Pre-Interview School Experience

For teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with primary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to primary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the Standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Standards is verified by mentors.

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: 338C



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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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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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A distinctive feature of the MA (Autism) Education is the focus on learning from the authentic voices of people with personal experience of autism and the expectation that students will engage critically with received wisdom about autism. Read more
A distinctive feature of the MA (Autism) Education is the focus on learning from the authentic voices of people with personal experience of autism and the expectation that students will engage critically with received wisdom about autism.

The MA engages with education across the age range from early years to adulthood, and is relevant to a wide diversity of settings. Students on the programme include experienced professionals, people who identify with autism and parents /allies of people on the spectrum.

The close association between the Centre for Educational Research and the MA provides opportunities to work with like-minded research-active peers within a lively and supportive learning community. LSBU is currently partnering with Research Autism and the University of Cambridge on a study which explores the value of mentoring from the perspective of young adults on the autism spectrum.

Opportunities for accreditation of prior learning are available to students with an appropriate background and this should be discussed with the course director who will also explain the CPD processes on request. Individual MA modules and sessions can be taken as Continued Professional Development (CPD).

National Award for SEN Co-ordinator

You can choose to take the recognised 'National Award for SEN Co-ordination' or options that will further deepen your understanding of autism.

Modules

All modules are assessed by a mix of assignments, presentations, research projects and portfolio development.

Year 1

Two optional modules (list below)

• Teaching and learning: The needs of learners with special needs, autism and disability
• Special educational needs and disability
• Understanding autism and learning
• Autism individuality and identity

Year 2

• Research methods (compulsory)
In addition to one of the optional modules listed above

Year 3

• Dissertation

Options

• Part 1 SENCO National Award
• Part 2 SENCO National Award

Study hours

In year one you'll typically study two modules of 36 hours contact time each plus self-managed study hours.

Teaching and learning

You'll be taught by Dr Nicola Martin who has substantial experience in the field of autism including working with Professor Baron-Cohen on the Cambridge University Autism Project. She was also formerly director of the Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. Dr Martin is currently a lecturer at LSBU and is a Principal Investigator for Research Autism.

You'll benefit from an up to date Virtual Learning Environment via Moodle and be actively encouraged to make use of the extensive range of support services across the university. You'll have access to a supervisor during the dissertation phase.

Placements

Access to the workplace (including voluntary work) is essential for most of the modules within the MA. Prospective students who are not currently in (paid or unpaid) employment should talk to the course director.

Professional links

The department has wide professional links within and beyond the university and the UK. Examples include:

• The Equality Challenge Unit
• The Alliance for Inclusive Education
• Equality and Diversity Forum Research Network
• The Leadership Foundation
• Research Autism
• Theorising Autism Project
• Teacher Education for Equality and Sustainability Network (TEESNet)
• National Association of Disability Practitioners
• Commonworks (for a just and sustainable world)

Recent guest lectures have been given by researchers from Research Autism and The Theorising Autism Project.

Employability

This programme will contribute to your employability and the National SENco award may be a requirement of your workplace.

The Autism Act 2009 and The Adult Autism Strategy 2009 require professionals from a wide variety of disciplines to understand autism. The MA could open up opportunities in areas within and beyond educational settings. Professionals with an MA providing an in-depth and critical understanding of autism may achieve promotion or develop a career in education. Universities are beginning to advertise for autism specific posts within disability services.

Students wishing to achieve promotion or develop a career in education benefit from having a higher degree. Progression from the MA to the Doctorate in Education. further enhances employability and promotion prospects, particularly in academia and research. CVs are improved by having publications in referred journals and this is encouraged and supported on the MA as well as the Doctorate in Education.

The MA in Education - Autism is designed to deepen your understanding of working with pupils /students in any educational setting, across the age range into adult education. It is therefore relevant to employment in school, college, alternative education settings and to work with disabled students at university. Content is applicable to teachers and staff in non- teaching roles, such as mentor, disability officer or learning support assistant. The content is also relevant to staff in strategic and operational leadership roles.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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