This programme is designed to address contemporary issues in inclusion/special education. If you are a teacher involved in inclusive education/special education, this programme is designed to promote your understanding of the issues and practices relevant to this area.
• MEd: 12 months full-time; 72 months (maximum) part-time
• Contact: [email protected]
• Our research-informed courses will help you to think about practice and policy in the light of current educational thinking and enable you to consider how an inclusive education system might operate in schools and other educational institutions.
• You can tailor research projects to provide the maximum relevance and benefit to your interests and work.
• You will discuss recent theories related to many of the conditions and labels associated with special educational needs/additional support needs and have the opportunity to develop practice that takes account of these within an inclusive framework.
You will take four core courses and two optional courses, which you can choose according to your specialist interests. In addition you will complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation, under supervision, that will provide you with the opportunity to investigate, in greater depth, an issue that is relevant to your professional development and teaching context.
• Evolving concept of inclusion
• Introduction to educational and social research
• Modern educational thought
• The learner and the curriculum
• Developing literacy
• Highly able learners
• Inclusive classrooms, inclusive pedagogies
• Identities, relationships and behaviours
• Social and emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Background and Aims
The programme has been in existence since 1994 and was originally designed to provide training for teachers of learning support in mainstream and special schools in Scotland. Over the years the course has attracted an increasing number of classroom teachers and managers who express a desire to learn more about support for learning and special educational needs (additional support needs). The course also attracts students from overseas who are keen to embrace the international move towards inclusion. A highlight for both international and Scottish students is the opportunity to work together as they seek to support the learning of all pupils.
Is this programme for you?
This Masters programme is for educators who are interested in better supporting pupils with special educational needs in an inclusive framework.
If you have a chance to do some reading before beginning this programme the following book will be useful as background:-
Lewis, A. and Norwich, B. (2005) Special teaching for children?: pedagogies for inclusion England: McGraw-Hill International.
What will you get from this programme?
The aims of the programme are:
• To extend knowledge and understanding of inclusive education grounded in contemporary research, theory and pedagogy
• To enable students to analyse critically recent developments in both education and wider culture in order to interrogate assumptions underpinning concepts of inclusive education
• To enable students to analyse critically institutional, regional and governmental policies related to inclusive education and associated pedagogies
• To enable students to interrogate their own practice in the context of research, theory and policy in inclusive education
• To enable students to investigate an aspect of inclusive education using an appropriate research methodology
• To develop understanding of applying educational enquiry to inclusive education
• To deepen knowledge of the way different methods of enquiry relate to wider philosophical, ethical and social concerns relating to inclusive education
• Preparation for further academic study
The programme will support your career development as a class teacher, lecturer, policy developer, special education professional, head teacher, education administrator or researcher.
You should have an initial professional qualification (eg in teaching) as well as a first degree. Experience of, and interest in, educational inclusion/special education is desirable.