Taught course

Special Educational Needs

Institution
University of East London · Cass School of Education and Communities
Qualifications
MAPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible to allow for credit to be given to work based learning through AEL (Accreditation of Experiential Learning). Applicants must: have an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent: e.g. certificate of education; higher level professional training in SEN with demonstrable parity in experience), minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 7 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) is designed to critically engage with current thinking and ideas about inclusive and specialist education for both general and specific needs. The programme draws upon current legislation and national/international research evidence to inform practice. The programme addresses SEN for a wide range of age groups and covers issues such as assessment and intervention, partnerships with parents, inter-agency working, pupil intervention, equal opportunities and policy. The programme is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings.

It is expected that by the end of the programme participants will have the ability to:


Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of specific Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) within a school-based context (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA)
Show critical awareness of current literature and research concerning SEND (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA)
Demonstrate critical understanding and analysis of current policies, strategies and approaches towards meeting the needs of students with SEND in schools (PG Dip, MA)

Analyse and reflect on current strategies, approaches and practices concerning SEND within school context (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA)
Engage critically and reflectively with school SEND practice in relation to literature, research and current policies (PG Dip, MA)
Critically evaluate and select relevant pedagogical and whole school approaches to meeting the needs of a wide range of students (MA)


Demonstrate professional skills in addressing SEND in schools (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA)
Systematically gather evidence and use data for analysis, identification of key issues and development of professional practice in SEND (PG Dip, MA)
Explore and demonstrate evidence-based decision making in relation to school-based practice for students with SEND (MA)
Demonstrate systematic and creative approaches to addressing issues of SEND within the school context and communicate ideas and arguments to a wider audience (MA)

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 7 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

part time
16 months
full time
8 months

PGCert

part time
8 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Name
Applicant Enquiries
Email
study@uel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
Fax
+44 (0) 208 223 2978