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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Leading Provision and Practice (DL) - PgCert


Online University of Sunderland    Faculty of Education and Society

Full time October PGCert 1 year distance learning

About the course

This course is for practitioners in the education and care sectors who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of effective provision and practice for children with special educational needs and disabilities. This course reflects the differing contexts of practitioners across the globe with an interest in working with children and young people with SEND. The course is designed to provide weekly opportunities to put learning into practice and evaluate impact.

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Entry Requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent. Qualifications gained outside the UK will be equivalency checked.

You will also be currently working with children or young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, and no less than 6 in Reading, Speaking and Listening.


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Allaa Lasheen

"I started my career as a second English teacher in a preschool, then I worked as shadow teacher and teaching assistant in an international school. I am currently working as learning support teacher and want to be a SEN specialist, so I started looking for a PgCert in special educational needs. I found the University of Sunderland online and the team were so supportive; when I sent them an enquiry I received a reply straight away. The system to pay your fees is flexible and the way technology works today means that it feels like face-to-face study.

For me, everything in the course is a new experience. I am not taking a course just to gain a degree, I really want to understand more about special education needs and I really enjoy the lectures. I am also enjoying the process of the research, reading, and creating a project related to special education needs. I have received a lot of support from my tutor who is so helpful and flexible. If I need any help or have any questions I can refer to them, and in the final project they are supporting me with feedback, discussions and providing reading resources to help me more.

Studying at the University of Sunderland is a very nice experience. I have learned a lot about SEN, how to create a plan, gather information and how to find out about topics. I am hoping to continue my studies and enrol onto a Masters degree at Sunderland after I graduate and I am aiming to work as an SEN specialist in the United Nations one day.”

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