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Inclusive Special Education

University of Chichester

M.A.
36 months
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720 GBP/credit
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About

The MA in Inclusive Special Education offers you an opportunity to develop a greater understanding and critical appreciation of the trends and developments in the education of children and young people who have a special educational need and/or disability. In this programme there is a strong emphasis on promoting equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and issues of social justice.

Overview

  • CRITICAL DISABILITY STUDIES (30 CREDITS)

In this module you will be critically evaluating the discourses and models of disability and inclusive practice through relevant literature and develop insights into the interrelationship between social policy, political frameworks and ideological perspectives on SEND. You will investigate disability rights; equality of opportunity and advocacy in a global and political context, cultural representations of disability; SEN and ethnicity; the impact on families; social exclusion; ethics and disability.  You will be encouraged to engage professionally and academically with a review of relevant literature into educational practices for pupils with SEND with the aim of evincing change within your workplace practice.

  • COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION (30 CREDITS)

This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the range of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) experienced by children and young people, including; dyslexia, autism; specific learning difficulties, selective mutism; sensory impairments; pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), or who bilingual with a SEND. You will critically examine the latest research and legislation on the education of children and young people who have a speech, language, communication difficulties and evaluate the range of educational and therapeutic interventions that are currently being used in schools and settings. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the links between research and educational practice by undertaking a case study in your workplace.

  • EXPLORING INCLUSIVE PEDAGOGY (30 CREDITS)

The aim of this module is to critically examine the concepts of inclusion in education and how special educational needs and disability is positioned within different establishments and phases of education. You will debate the social and educational implications for different types of inclusive provision and critically examine policies and practices that promote partnership with families and multiagency collaboration. Other topics will include teachers and TA/LSAs working together; partnership with parents; evaluating educational and therapeutic interventions; personalising learning; equality and diversity; the role of the SENCO and inclusive leadership; transitions from Early Years through to FE; SEND legislation and the political agenda. You will undertake an action research project to inform and change inclusive practices to promote school improvement.

  • ENGAGING LEARNERS WITH COMPLEX NEEDS (30 CREDITS)

In this module you will develop your knowledge of a range of complex medical, developmental and psychological difficulties and how they affect learning and development. You will critically examine educational and psychological theories; neuroscience and learning; complex medical needs; multisensory teaching for pupils with complex needs; mental health in children and young people; foetal alcohol spectrum disorder; attachment needs in children and young people; the legal and ethical frameworks for safeguarding children; the role of specialist and alternative provision, and  multi-agency collaboration. For the assessment in this module you will critically evaluate teaching and learning strategies and alternative provision that supports pupils’ access to the curriculum through an observational study.

  • DISSERTATION (60 CREDITS):

The dissertation represents the culmination of your study for the MA in Inclusive Special Education degree. It is divided into two 30 credit modules (Part 1 and Part 2) that focus on research methods for practitioner inquiry and developing an article for publication.

  • Part 1 (30 credits) Planning and Developing Research:

You will design a medium scale enquiry with the intention of understanding and / or intervening to improve inclusive practice for children and young people with a SEND in the workplace on a topic of your choice. You will need to demonstrate a critical awareness of the ethical issues underpinning educational research and clearly justify choices in the research design, methodology and methods to address these issues. You will design, apply and critically evaluate data gathering and analysis methods to investigate a chosen aspect of SEND and/or inclusive practice and interpret your findings to inform the development of practice and the achievement of children and young people with a SEND.

  • Part 2 (30 credits) Evaluating and Disseminating Research:

You will need to successful complete Part 1 before continuing with Part 2. Part 2 will give you the opportunity to problematise practitioner research within the wider context of educational concerns in the education of children and young people with a SEND, and the application of ideas from literature to school-based inquiry. You will achieve this through a critical review of the research including international research and professional literature around a chosen area of practitioner inquiry to inform your understanding of how to select relevant data and provide justification for the methods used and the implications future action. This will culminate in a greater understanding of the approaches and techniques for writing and disseminating work of publishable quality.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Exploring Inclusive Pedagogy

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

180 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal Statement – A written piece of about yourself; why you have chosen the course you are applying for, and why you want to come to the University of Chichester
  • Copies of Qualifications to date – Translated into English
  • Proof of English Language Level – If English is not your first language
  • Two academic references
  • For a Music course we will need a DVD of a musical performance for 5 minutes long. We also require an academic essay written in English.
  • For Dance we need a web link of two performances, one of which should be contemporary and at least three minutes long. We also require an academic essay written in English. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    720 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 720 GBP per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    720 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 720 GBP per credit and a duration of 36 months.

Funding

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