The MA Education (SEND) requires 180 credits at Masters level and students typically complete this over a three year study period.
The SEND Dissertation (60 credits) is usually undertaken in the final year, but before this, students are required to secure 120 Masters credits from a menu of SEND modules (20 credits each).
It is compulsory for all students to undertake the 20 credit Research Methods module in preparation for the Dissertation. However, students undertaking the SEBDA-Brookes Year 2 course (SB51) have this module built into their studies and will not have to complete Research Methods*
Compulsory modules (80 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)*
- Dissertation (60 credits).
For the remaining 5 modules (100 credits) - you will need to select at 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)
Additionally, the following three modules are available to students undertaking the National SENCO Award
- Improving Outcomes for SEND (20 credits)
- Leading and Coordinating Provision for SEND (20 credits)
- Professional Knowledge and Understanding for SEND (20 credits)
You can also select up to a further 40 credits from the optional modules in the MA in Education.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, course content and module choices may change from the details given here.
Credit towards an MA 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 MA course is based on the completion of a compulsory element, plus optional modules.
Learn more about our MA Education students and what they like about studying the course.
Teaching and learning
Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, discussion forums, student and staff-led seminars and project work. Teaching, learning and assessment draw on the different backgrounds, experience and knowledge of students, and encourages critical reflection.
Teaching is organised on a modular basis, each module involving approximately 24 hours of staff contact as follows:
- Part-time on campus: Modules are usually taught over eight weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 17:00 – 20:00
- Full-time on campus: the main study day is Thursdays with students also joining part-time students in evening modules
Approach to assessment
Each course module is assessed separately and is based on coursework, e.g. essays, seminar presentations, reports, portfolios, investigative research and group work.
For the full-time route of the programme the main study day is Thursdays. Additional contact time is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (depending on choice of module) to enable full-time and part-time students to study together.
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