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This programme was developed in consultation with the education, health and social care, and voluntary sectors, as well as individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and is designed to facilitate the professional development of teachers and other related professionals who work, or wish to work, in this area.
Students explore the theories and practice underpinning autism and can engage in associated experiential work. In line with the needs identified in the Northern Ireland Executive's Autism Strategy (2013-2020) and associated Action Plan, the course has been attuned to raising awareness, addressing issues specifically related to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and increasing knowledge and skills in relation to evidence-based interventions.
The aim is to
A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline.
Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of experience in an education, training or relevant context.
Applicants with a lower level of performance in an Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least three years of experience in an education, training or relevant context.
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Why did you decide to study for the Autism Spectrum Disorders (MSc) at Queen’s School of Education?
I am working towards a Masters in Special Education in the United States, and wanted to expand my knowledge solely on Autism. I also wanted to study abroad for a year and Prof. Dillenburger partners with a few of my professors at my University in Texas, so it really just seemed ideal.
My background is in Special Education, but I would like my primary focus to be Autism. So it was necessary for me to further my education.
What is your experience of the teaching support/ student facilities at Queen’s?
It is incredible! Compared to the public university I attended in Texas, Queen’s operates like a private institution. The staff responds to emails promptly, the professors are very humble and approachable. Prof. Dillenburger is constantly sending out placement and volunteer opportunities, making sure her students get the most out of their education here. Also, the library is to die for!
What do you plan on doing after the course?
I’ll return to the United States and complete my Masters in Special Education, and through Prof. Dillenburger possibly complete a placement in Australia. I am also looking into interning with Autism on the Seas next autumn.
Have you any advice for future students?
The learning style is very open in this course. Where I was used to a very structured learning (i.e. teachers designating chapters to read each week, weekly quizzes, and bi-weekly exams), you are expected to do a lot of reading on your own - it really has improved my time-management skills.
Also, make the most of this opportunity! It’s so exciting to be in a new country, and Belfast is a nice, quaint city to ease you into the shock of being in a new culture. Everyone is very friendly and keen to have you visit. So take advantage, and explore…Have Fun!
What are your experiences of living in Belfast?
I really enjoy St. George’s Market…the food is amazing and it is really just the heart of Belfast in one place. City Center, the Christmas market… great places to shop and explore! You can really just hop on the train and travel all over the city for as low as 2 quid! If you’re a runner, the running trails are great! I especially love Ormeau Park and the Botanic Gardens.