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Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #180 (QS) ,
As contemporary societies become more heterogeneous, and as inclusive education reforms gain currency across the world, educational systems are being challenged to address some fundamental questions about teaching - learning related to the accommodation of difference. The Inclusion and Special Needs Education course is offered by Queen's University Belfast.

About

Underpinning the movement for inclusion is a concern for social justice and wellbeing. Meeting the diverse needs of learners within today's schools, colleges and universities, is one of the most challenging and important tasks facing education today.

This thoroughly revised Master's degree is unique not only because of the disciplinary approaches it employs, but also because students study and apply an approach to wellbeing that has been developed by some of the world’s leading thinkers.This is an approach that is internationally recognised by, for example, the UN, and whose principles are increasingly found in government policy on education and SEN, namely the Capability Approach. We are one of the very few institutions in the UK to offer this practical and ethical approach to assessing issues of SEN, equality and inclusion.

The skills you will develop include critical thinking skills and how best to be an inclusive practitioner. Importantly, this is a professionally based degree which means that you will apply what you have learned to your own professional practice whether you are a classroom assistant, SENCO or university lecturer.

Inclusion and Special Educational Needs Highlights

Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REf, 2014).

Student Experience

  • Flexibility This programme is designed to meet the needs of professionals and is delivered via blended learning (a mixture of face-to-face and online learning). Diploma and Certificate options are also available.
  • Credit transfer Students who have completed other master's-level awards, eg PGCE, within the last 10 years are eligible to credit transfer. The credit transfer application must be submitted at the same time as the online programme application as retrospective applications are not accepted.

Career Prospects

Graduates from this degree have found it beneficial in their professional institutions in advising colleagues, influencing policy and supporting pupils and students.

The degree helps students reshape their thinking on special needs education and matters of inclusion, to question values and beliefs that were previously taken for granted. Importantly, a Master's degree in SEN/Inclusion will be of great advantage to professionals seeking promotion as we move towards a Masters-led teaching profession. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

 

Programme Structure

    Modules:

    • An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (online)
    • Deconstructing Special Needs Education and Inclusion
    • Special Needs Education and Issues of Equity
    • Social Justice in Special Needs Education and Inclusion

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity

                You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                Full-time
                • Full-time duration 12 months
                Part-time
                • Average part-time duration 36 months
              • Credits
                180 alternative credits
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                Blended

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:

                90

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              • Minimum required score:

                6.5

                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

                176

                C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

                Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

              Academic Requirements

              You need the following GPA score:

              Recommended score: Upper Second Class

              Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

              Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

              A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any subject discipline.Applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may also be considered if they have at least two years of professional experience in an education, training or relevant context.

              Tuition Fee

              • International

                15700 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 15700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
              • EU/EEA

                5500 GBP/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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              Living costs for Belfast

              • 561 - 890 GBP/month
                Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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