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Education (Inclusive Education) (MA)

Course Description

The MA Education (Inclusive Education) will help teachers and other educationalists widen their understanding of teaching and learning for all pupils.

You will reflect on and examine individual difference and explore ways to meet that difference through appropriate educational provision. For example, you can deepen your insights into different types of disabilities and ways to meet the needs of these groups. The dissertation allows for an in-depth exploration of a range of theoretical perspectives and the practical application of these. Past dissertations have focused on, for example, the impact of a numeracy intervention in a primary setting, the knowledge of Chinese teacher trainers about inclusive education, and teachers’ understanding of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Saudi Arabia. We welcome applications from those with an educational background or an interest in working in an educational context.

This programme can be taken on a flexible 36-month basis, in which it follows a summer school model.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/ma-education-inclusive-education.aspx

Modules include:

- Learners with Special Educational Needs: this module explores some of the key disabilities found in educational settings. It explores both the historical context and current approaches to supporting students with additional learning needs.

- Child Development and Education: this optional module covers the development of children up to and including puberty, and how this may impact on education.

- Supporting Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: this module will cover the nature of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder and the ways the education system may make provision for students to ensure effective learning.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Visit the Education (Inclusive Education) (MA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Apart from the standard University entry requirements, we normally expect students to have a professional background in education with experience of teaching. Ideally we would like students to have had at least two years' experience of teaching but will consider applications from good students with less experience. If you have a slightly lower degree qualification than usual, this can be compensated for by good teaching experience.

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