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The specific aims of the programme are as follows:
* To develop knowledge and critical understanding of the concept of inclusion and associated principles of equality, social justice, participation and partnership.
* To develop a deep understanding of the complex conceptual issues in Autism, and the key theories, principles and issues in the field.
* To critically review a range of theoretical perspectives.
* To critically evaluate current research in the field.
* To critically review a variety of strategies and approaches and their evidence base.
* To develop collaborative partnerships with individuals on the spectrum, parents, colleagues and other agencies.
* To use acquired knowledge and understanding of autism to reflect critically upon practice.
* To apply acquired knowledge and understanding of autism to formulate effective support for learners on the spectrum.
* To conduct professional enquiries and use research evidence to generate professional knowledge and enhance understanding and practice
* To apply acquired knowledge and understanding of autism to contribute to staff development and school / workplace improvement.
The MEd programme is comprised of seven courses contributing to a total of 180 credit points at SCQF Level 11 (PG5).
Course 1: Understanding Autism in an Inclusive Context (15 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Course 2: Enabling Learning and Participation(15 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Course 3: Making Sense of Behaviour(15 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Course 4: The Autism Friendly School/Workplace(15 credits at SCQF Level 11 )
Course 5: Autism and Learning: Adolescence into Adulthood(30 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Course 6: Professional Enquiry(30 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Course 7: Dissertation or Work-based Project (60 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Participants who successfully complete the first four courses (60 credits) may exit with a Certificate in Autism and Learning. Those who successfully complete the first six courses (120 credits) may exit with a Diploma in Autism and Learning. Those who successfully complete all seven courses (180 credits) will achieve a Master of Education degree (Autism and Learning).
Formative and summative assessment is a feature of all courses. All assessments are designed to arise naturally from course content and learning. All summative assessments focus directly on workplace applications.
Applicants will be graduates or will be able to provide evidence that they can work at postgraduate level. They must have previous relevant experience and be able to undertake studies and related developments in their workplace setting or other appropriate agency.
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