Taught course

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Institution
University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services
Qualifications
MAPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

Graduates or non-graduates with professional experience will be invited for interview. National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO) applicants will have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and normally be working in SEN, or aspiring to acquire specialist SEN knowledge and skills.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our MA in Special Educational Needs and Disability will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become an advanced practitioner and leader in your setting. The MA in Special Educational Needs and Disability is a postgraduate course designed in response to a changing agenda for special education. It aims to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become an advanced practitioner and leader in your setting.

You can receive credit on the Special Educational Needs and Disability course at three different levels.

You may wish to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability. The Postgraduate Certificate comprises three specialist special educational needs (SEN) modules from the course (60 credits). If you wish to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma, you can then add three more specialist modules from the SEN options, including Autism, Dyslexia or Dyscalculia (another 60 credits). Your final 60 credits would then be your Dissertation based around a topic within SEN. Successful completion of all of these would then give you a full MA in SEN.

The MA takes as its ideology the notion that person-centred, inclusive thinking that foregrounds individual interests and needs of children, young people and adults with SEN and/or disabilities is at the heart of all practice. It is based on the premise that parents and carers are equal partners in securing achievement, progress and well-being, and that value-free understanding of social and familial contexts is crucial in responding to a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

Teaching approaches are designed to engage you as a self-directed learner, and include:

  • lectures
  • group work
  • discussion
  • independent research
  • personal contextualised reflection
  • tutorials
  • use of the University’s Moodle virtual learning environment.

Contact hours are 5-7pm on Fridays and 9.30am-4pm on Saturdays, two weekends per module. You will also be expected to undertake 184 hours’ non-contact-guided study per module.

Assessment tasks include essays, small-scale practitioner enquiry, analytical case study, dissertation, and a professional portfolio with a critical commentary.

Please note: Masters students in receipt of a postgraduate loan cannot bring prior credit (APL) into their programme of study.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
36-72 months

PGDip

part time
24-60 months

PGCert

part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Education and Children's Services
Email
education@chester.ac.uk