Masters in Special & Additional Learning Needs (University of East London)

University of east london

The MA/ PG Diploma / PG Certificate in Special and Additional Learning Needs was developed jointly by The Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London (UEL), and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe.

  • Course Overview
  • Course Structure
  • Entry requirements
  • Fees & Funding

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.

Future Careers

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

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 creidts) 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 complete 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 2020 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.

**Update regarding COVID 19**

Students who require an IELTS exam prior to applying can now complete the online IELTS Indicator exam. Register for your exam here:

To apply for the course you simply click on the apply now button where you will be able to download an 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.



Online professional diploma/certificate for primary and post primary level

January 2021

2 years part time

Fully Online (no in person attendance required)

£ 1180.00 cost per module

University Accreditation

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. 


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