Special and Additional Learning Needs, M.A.

This exciting new course, which is delivered online, is a collaboration between the University of East London and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology Europe (ICEP). This Special and Additional Learning Needs programme is offered by the University of East London.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Underpinned by the latest research in special education, the course builds on participants’ existing skills and competencies. The aim is to enhance the quality of education for children and young people with special and additional learning needs in settings worldwide.

The University of East London's course has an international flavour, drawing students from countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, Kuwait, UAE, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand. It does not just focus on the UK but also looks at how policy is implemented around the world.

One of the most exciting aspects of this course is that knowledge is co-constructed through the online discussion boards.

As a Special and Additional Learning Needs student you will share your experiences and knowledge about policy and practice in your own context, leading to a richer understanding of global issues in special and additional learning needs for all participants.
Your future career

This course will help you develop a range of transferrable skills that are desirable in a wide variety of careers.

These skills include the knowledge of theories, legislation, policy and practice, computer literacy, planning and time management and written communication. You will also demonstrate your ability to think critically and to design and carry out small-scale research.

The skills and knowledge that you will develop on this course will allow those working in teaching to gain expertise in the increasingly sought after area of special needs.

However, this course could also support careers in areas such as therapy, support work, social work, educational psychology and work with adults with additional needs.

Programme Structure

What you'll learn

This course 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.

You will gain a firm grounding in understanding a range of special educational needs.

You will develop detailed knowledge of specific special needs, including autism, dyslexia and social and emotional mental-health issues.

Throughout the course, you will be supported to develop a critical understanding of theory alongside the practical knowledge you will gain.

Participants are encouraged to make links between theory and their own practice, and become reflective practitioners who are able to think proactively and strategically about provision for pupils with special and additional learning needs
Modules
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary perspectives and best practice (option)
  • Dyslexia and Literacy: Issues, perspectives and best practice (option)
  • Understanding Behaviour perspectives and best practice (option)
  • Inclusive Education: Collaboration and best practice (option)
  • Exceptionally able learners: Theories perspectives and best practice (option)
  • Applied Behavioural analysis: Critical exploration and practice (option)
  • Research Methods and Dissertation (core)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
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Academic Requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 Honours

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 1025 International
  • GBP 1025 EU/EEA
Fees for this course will be confirmed soon £TBC

Funding

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
From the academic year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Masters study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students. It will be paid to students as a contribution towards Tuition Fees, living costs and other course costs.
Eligibility

Loans will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who:

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course;
  • are most recently resident in England;
  • have not moved to England from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course

Students may be eligible if they are an EU national or they have residency status as:

  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • as a family member of any of the above or;
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

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