Masters in Special & Additional Learning Needs (University of East London)
The MA/ PG Diploma / PG Certificate in Special and Additional Learning Needs was developed jointly by The School of Education and Communities, University of East London (UEL), and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe.
Both UEL and ICEP Europe have a long track record in providing quality programmes in the field of special educational needs in the UK, Ireland, and internationally. This course provides expert knowledge to support educators and those working with the increasing diversity of children with additional learning needs in education settings on an international level. The programme aims to build upon participants’ existing skills and competencies, thus enhancing the quality of education for children and young people with special and additional learning needs in a variety of settings worldwide.
The international programme content is underpinned by the latest research in the field of special education, and ICEP Europe are at the forefront of research into best practice in education. Both UEL and ICEP Europe are equally committed to promoting inclusion for people with diverse needs and learning differences through the provision of the highest quality continuing professional development.
The programme is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings and the overall aim is to build the capacity of teachers and other professionals to respond effectively to the diverse educational needs of all learners, including those with special and additional educational needs.
Who is the programme aimed at?
This programme is for all those, both in the UK and internationally, who are interested in Special and Additional Learning Needs, and those who have achieved a National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCo) and want to progress to an MA qualification. This programme is also particularly suitable for teachers, psychologists, and other allied professionals working in educational settings who wish to deepen and extend their existing knowledge of inclusive education and evidence-based approaches in order to respond effectively to the needs of their students. The programme will provide participants with the capacity to meet legislative requirements for pupils with SEN and to meet the specific and general needs of learners. The programme supports the development of the SENCo role and provides opportunities to specialise in specific areas of SEN.
The MA/ PG Dip/ PG Cert Special and Additional Learning Needs offers you a graduate qualification that will enhance your career prospects and professional knowledge in the field of special and additional education. The programme provides you with the expertise and skills required to pursue a career in SEN, including teaching or consultancy, inclusion work, education journalism, management, youth/social work and employment with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as developing your personal skills and academic knowledge. The programme also supports those working in the UK and internationally who are interested in further training in fields such as psychotherapy, childcare, or developing an academic career in the field of SEND and inclusion. The programme also supports the development of the SENCo role and provides opportunities to specialise in specific areas of SEN. If you would like to speak to a course advisor please call +353 1 651 0618 or email [email protected].
This specialist SEN qualification is fully online and international in focus. It is undertaken on a part time basis and is modular giving you real flexibility in terms of study and payment. If modules are completed in succession, students can complete the course in two years.
A suite of unique modules have been developed solely for this programme, designed to offer educators specialist, practical knowledge in special and additional educational needs. Participants can customise the programme to their needs by choosing the modules which reflect their specific interests and educational contexts.
The following modules are available to choose from:
- Inclusive Education: Collaboration and best practice.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary perspectives and best practice.
- Dyslexia and Literacy: Issues, perspectives and best practice.
- Applied Behavioural Analysis: Critical exploration and practice.
- Exceptionally Able Learners: Understanding theory, perspectives and practice.
- Understanding Behaviour: Theories, perspectives and best practice.
-The above modules carry a weighting of 15 ECTS credits (30 CATS credits). A further module on Research Methods and Dissertation (30 ECTS, 60 CATS credits) will be required when completing this MA in Special Educational Needs.
- PG Certificate – Two modules (30 ECTS)
- PG Diploma – Four modules (60 ECTS)
- MA – Four modules, plus a dissertation (90 ECTS)
This is a modular programme so you can commence with the PG Cert and then progress to the Diploma or MA if you wish. This part time programme can be completed alongside a full time teaching role.
Successful completion of the programme MA Special and Additional Learning Needs at ICEP Europe, leads to the award MA Special and Additional Learning Needs by University of East London (level 9 Ireland, Level 7 UK).
This course has two intakes each year, September and January.
We are now accepting applications for the September 2022 intake. Participants will avail of the specialist expertise of tutors who have worked professionally at a high level in the field of SEN and are experienced working with participants from a range of cultures and professional backgrounds.
Entry requirements are flexible to allow for credit to be given to work based learning, and the programme is open to all suitably qualified teachers, SENCos, psychologists, and others who are interested in Special and Additional Learning Needs.
Applicants must have an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) with a minimum 2:2 classification (or equivalent). We will also consider a certificate of education; higher level professional training in SEN with demonstrable parity on experience.
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.
To apply for the course simply click on the apply now button, where you will be able to complete your online application form.
The online format of the programme and the flexibility to pay for modules on an individual basis offers busy professionals the opportunity to work around their existing schedule and gain a recognised University qualification regardless of location.Each module must be paid in full prior to the commencement of each module. In many cases students will be able to claim tax back on these fees and may be able to avail of certain fee refund schemes.
For more information on fees and funding please call us on +35316510618.
You can complete the online application form at the following link: https://icepe.eu/UEL_
- Successful applicants must have an undergraduate honours (level 6 UK, level 8 IRL) degree, 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 programme.
Fees are paid for on a module by-module basis. The fees for the 2021/22 Academic year are £1,220 per module and £2,440 for the Research Methodologies and Dissertation module, which runs over two semesters. There are no international fees, the same fees apply to both UK, EU and international students.
The typical duration of the MA programme is a minimum of two years and a maximum of six years, part time (in accordance with UEL’s Academic Framework and modular regulations). Participants begin the programme in either September or January and normally complete one 30 credit module per term, however you do have the option to take breaks between modules if you wish. We run three terms per year in September, January and May.
A single module is taught over a period of 8-10 weeks, with a further 3-4 weeks to complete the assignment. The Research Methodologies and Dissertation module is a double module, so the hand in date is generally two terms after you start the module. This would mean if you start in January, the hand in date is usually the first week of September, if you start in April, the hand in date will be the first week of January and if you start in September, the hand in date will be in April.
There are 3 teaching terms available each year. They are in September, January and May .
Each module is assessed through a single portfolio/assignment of 5,000 words. The dissertation is 14,000 words.
Yes the programme is 100% online and can be studied from anywhere in the world. There is no on campus attendance required.
No, students will not need to have any more than a basic knowledge of IT Technology.
- The latest version of your chosen Internet browser.
- A valid and reliable email address.
- Access to a printer is recommended.
- Regular access to a PC or Mac capable of running standard MS Office software (or equivalent) for producing word-processed documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Your PC must be capable of running the required plug-ins for the Virtual Learning Environment (Adobe Flash player, Adobe PDF Viewer, Apple QuickTime)
- Reliable internet access; at least a 56K modem connection, but broadband is highly recommended. For each module that you take, you will be expected to spend approximately 3-6 hours online per week, participating in discussions and accessing resources.
Yes. Students will have complete access to the UEL online library while enrolled.
Students will be well supported in terms of accessing and using the online learning environment, using the learning materials, writing assignments and with issues of administration by both UEL and ICEP Europe. Students are supported through discussion boards in the online learning environment and through personal contact with tutors/staff. Academic, technical and pastoral support is available to all learners through the online learning platform, via email and telephone contact.
Given the lack of face to face interaction in online learning, this form of personalised support helps to build relationships and combats the risk of isolation among learners. All information relating to learning support and technical support is accessible through the online learning environment.
Yes, UEL has two graduation ceremonies every year. Depending on when your final grades are approved you will be able to attend a graduation in July or November. Attendance at graduation is not mandatory.
There are two methods of recognising prior learning, both of which can accrue credits for your MA.
1) Students can import credits from previous qualifications (level 7 UK, level 9 IRL) using Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL). You can apply for up to two thirds of your MA (120 credits) through ACL. You will need to demonstrate that the learning is relevant to the programme on which you wish to study. It is up to the programme leader or programme admissions tutor to decide whether your prior learning is sufficiently relevant to your programme. Certificated learning must be recent, up-to-date and remembered. Generally, learning gained in the last five years is acceptable. You should be prepared to demonstrate the steps you have taken to keep your knowledge up-to-date (e.g. through reading, professional development activities or courses). There is no charge for importing credits through the ACL route.
2) We recognise that for some students an undergraduate qualification is not possible. If this is applicable to you then you may be able to gain entry to the course through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL). You can apply to import credits based on a portfolio of experience that you have acquired through work experience in a relevant field for a significant amount of time. For more information on AEL please contact an advisor at [email protected]
The PG Cert / PG Dip / MA in Special and Additional Learning Needs offers you a qualification that will enhance your career prospects and professional knowledge in the field of special and additional education. The programme provides you with the expertise and skills required to pursue a career in SEN, including teaching (please note this is not a teaching qualification) or consultancy, inclusion work, education journalism, management, youth/social work and employment with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as developing your personal skills and academic knowledge. The programme also supports those working in the UK and internationally who are interested in further training in fields such as psychotherapy, childcare, or developing an academic career in the field of SEND and inclusion. The programme also supports the development of the SENCo role and provides opportunities to specialise in specific areas of SEN.
"I am really enjoying studying with ICEP Europe. All of the reading materials are really interesting as well as the online discussions with other students. The feedback from my tutors is always helpful and they are always quick to reply to any queries myself or my classmates have. This course has made me reflect on my own teaching styles and I love using all of the skills I have gained on the course in my own classroom."
2 years part time
Fully Online (no in person attendance required)
£ 1220.00 cost per module
Since its establishment in 2001, ICEP Europe has recognised the importance of creating strong accreditation and collaboration links with key bodies. We have cemented our reputation as a leading provider of online SEN courses by delivering on our mission to provide innovative training to teaching professional working with children of all needs.