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MA Education (Special Educational Needs)

Course Description

Course Summary

This MA is designed for practising professionals, or those interested in research, in special educational needs and disability (SEND) – usually in schools, the lifelong learning sector and universities.

Its modular structure allows you to personalise your choice of units and progress at a pace that best suits you, with a final phase focused on educational research via a dissertation.

The MA Education engages you with key issues in education and aims to encourage your evidence-based practice, as you make direct and meaningful connections between the course and your own experiences and aspirations.

The course helps you to broaden your knowledge educational ideas and research findings, as you identify and justify recommendations for further action. This places you in a better position to develop your work as a classroom practitioner or school leader.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Education MA (Special Educational Needs) at Bedfordshire and:

- Study on a modular course designed for professionals in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), that allows you to accumulate credit at a pace that suits you, with assessments based around needs specific to your role in your educational organisation
- Explore the process of teaching, learning support and/or educational leadership, focusing on personal, academic and vocational interests relevant to your educational context
- Develop your understanding of assessment formats with a negotiated focus in support of both individual and organisational needs
- Gain from undertaking primary research that informs your current practice, as well as acquiring the necessary research skills to engage in future research and progress to a PhD or EdD programme
- Benefit from a course that provides a clear progression route following completion of your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course, develops both you and the organisation within which you work and could be used as the basis for further study at doctoral level (PhD and EdD).

Why choose this course?

This course is intended for educational professionals who are actively involved in, or wish to research, the field of special educational needs and disability (SEND). It offers a range of units of study in the field of SEND, providing the opportunity to create a personalised programme to meet your own needs. The final phase of the award, the dissertation unit, focuses on educational enquiry, to enable you to carry out a piece of research related to an aspect of SEND that is of interest to you and your own institution.

Career Management Skills

The course is specifically designed to enable students to develop a deep understanding of issues related to special educational needs and inclusion in educational institutions. It enables students to be able to assess and address SEND issues as they arise, and to address policy and practice at an institutional level. The course also frequently enables its graduates to feel they are in a good position to apply for positions of greater responsibility in schools/colleges.

Career/Further study opportunities

Typically graduate of this course either continue working in their own institutions or else are promoted to positions of greater responsibility.

Visit the MA Education (Special Educational Needs) page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements for UK students View Website from the European Union - View Website students - View Website addition course participants will need to:be practising teachers or other educators working in the area of special educational needs provision in schools or other educational institutions;study EDC004-6 in advance of EDC047-6;have regular (i.e. several times a week) access to a computer.

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