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Special and Inclusive Education (MA)


Course Description

The Special and Inclusive Education MA will develop a student's knowledge of key concepts and issues related to special and inclusive education, enhancing their understanding of disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. It will give students the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise evidence, theory and practice, and help them to apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to professional policy and practice.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/special-inclusive-education-ma

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

By the end of the programme, students should be able to:
- contribute to contemporary debate in the field of special education and inclusion & disability studies
- produce and communicate reasoned and informed argument, both in writing and orally
- demonstrate how concepts, theories and evidence can be used in contracting an understanding of issues and practice
- carry out a focused inquiry into educational practice related to special and inclusive education
- improve professional practice through greater knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), optional modules and either a research report (30 credits) or a dissertation (60 credits).

- Core Modules
Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education
Research Design and Methodology
In addition students take one module from the following:
Autism: Research and Practice
Inclusive Pedagogy: Changing Practice through Action Research
Language Development
Psychology for Special Needs
Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development in Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Understanding SpLD (dyslexia)

- Options
Students choose either one or two further options from the list above or, subject to the Programme Leader's approval, from elsewhere at the UCL Institute of Education.

- Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a 10,000 to 12,000-word dissertation or 6,000 to 7,000-word report.

Teaching and Learning

The MA is taught through lectures, group discussions, small group one-to-one tutorials, and computer lab classes. Compulsory and optional modules are assessed by a 4,000-5,000 word written assignment. Students may choose from a range of assessment titles. In addition, students may choose to write either a report (6,000-7,000 words) or a dissertation (10,000-12,000 words).

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

- IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: EU students
Criteria:

- IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

- IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars
Value: Fees and some expenses
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Erasmus Bursary
Value: £350/month (1)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE International Master's Student Bursaries
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as managers in mainstream and special schools, while others have jobs as special educational needs (SEN) co-ordinators. Graduates can also be found working as staff in specialist services for children with SEN.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Philosophy Teacher, Tisendel School (2011)
- Research Manager, The National Foundation for Educational Research (2012)
- Special Needs Teacher, Selwyn Primary School (2012)
- Senior Verbal Behaviour Therapist, Tomorrow's Voices (2013)
- Special Education Teacher, Burnaby Board of Education, British Columbia, Canada (2013)

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme provides students with the opportunity to study in one of the country's leading specialist departments in special educational needs (SEN). disability and educational psychology, working with internationally-recognised tutors who have published widely in the areas of special education, inclusion and disability studies, and who contribute to Master's and doctoral programmes worldwide.

The programme team is committed to creating an intellectually challenging context in which students are encouraged to discuss practical knowledge, experience and ideas in order to extend their understanding of special and inclusive education.

This programme attracts students with rich and varied professional and personal experience, both nationally and internationally, and fellow students provide a valuable networking resource.

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
This programme is suited to teachers and other professionals who have an interest in working with children, young people or adults with SEN and disabilities.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Special and Inclusive Education at graduate level
- why you want to study Special and Inclusive Education at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

Visit the Special and Inclusive Education (MA) page on the University College London website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants will also normally have some related professional experience.

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