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Education - SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
On our MA Education - SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) you will study issues around special education, disability and inclusion at master’s level.
You will learn in an environment where you will be supported in improving and developing your practice. During your studies you will:
- develop your critical enquiry and reflection in the field of SEND
- gain depth and insight into your professional thinking
- meet students who are at various levels in their careers.
Our academic team of specialist staff have a strong background in SEND teaching and are research–active in the field.
Subject to these having been gained in the last five years, applicants may transfer in credits gained from:
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Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
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Learning and assessment
You will require 180 credits at Masters level for the MA Education (SEND). Students typically complete this over a three year study period. This will include:
- A compulsory module - Research Methods (20 credits)
- A compulsory dissertation (60 credits)
For the remaining 5 modules (100 credits) - you will need to select at least 2 modules (40 Credits) from the following:
- Introduction to Special Educational Needs (20 credits - compulsory for those without a previous qualification in SEN)
- Alternative Perspectives on Challenging Behaviour (20 credits)
- Alternative Perspectives on Literacy Difficulties (20 credits)
- Working with Children, Young People and their Families (20 credits)
- Literacy Difficulties: Assessment and Intervention (20 credits)
You can also select up to a further 40 credits from the optional modules in the MA in Education.
Credit towards your award can also be made up of appropriate work completed outside the course. For example by M level credit achieved in your PGCE and Postgraduate Certificate courses.
The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.
We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.
The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:
- Inclusion and Wellbeing
- Policy, Partnership and Leadership
- STEAM pedagogy and learning
- Humanistic Perspectives on Education
- Early Years
- Applied Linguistics
After you graduate
Students hoping to develop their careers in the world of SEND now have the opportunity to achieve a named MA Education award in special educational needs and disability
The MA Education (SEND) award will confirm to any future employer that you are a dedicated and resilient professional, capable of working at Masters level with a specialism in SEND.
There will be opportunities to develop skills in digital literacy, critical thinking and research evaluation - all of which represent transferable skills in the workplace
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.