This online course offers a comprehensive focus on contemporary debates within special and inclusive education including local, national and international policies and approaches.
We consider the specific needs of children with learning difficulties and disabilities, communication impairments, literacy difficulties/dyslexia, autism and SEBD/ADHD to illustrate the challenges encountered in professional practice.
Critical exploration of current theory and research inform consideration of pedagogical approaches as well as the development of effective systems and structures for working with parents/carers and different agencies.
This course is suitable if you are interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of children and young people with special educational needs, working as a teacher or associated professional in mainstream education or specialised settings wishing to extend your skills and practice, an experienced professional, or new to working with children with additional needs. It provides high-quality professional development and flexibility for you to explore areas and specialisms that interest you.
You will be supported by:
- friendly tutors with a breadth and depth of knowledge, understanding and skills developed through experience in the field
- interactive and collaborative teaching methods promoting shared enquiry
- individual and group tutorials
- emphasis on formative feedback to support you to successfully complete assessments
- access to extensive study materials from libraries and online sources
- a seminar programme linked to the course which you can access if you live locally
- opportunities to discuss approaches with other experienced practitioners
"All teachers should have the opportunity to attend such a course. Thank you."
"I have found that I am trying to implement a lot of what I am learning and have found it helpful to my teaching."
"In parts, totally different from anything I've taken part in before and therefore fascinating and enjoyable."
- Dr Anne Emerson (contact for academic enquiries)
- Dr Debra Costley
- Dr Edward Sellman
- 200 years of experience in the field of education
- 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent
The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation, and can be completed over two years part-time, with an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.
You will need to commit 12-15 hours per week for modules. In addition, you will need to complete related reading, research, reflection and contribute to discussion forums.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word reflective essay, research design or literature-based debate, or a presentation accompanied by a 14,000-word commentary. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.
The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.
Online course materials and support
Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and each module will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis and discussion boards.
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:
- Start date: 12 February 2018, application deadline: 22 January 2018
- Start date: 3 September 2018, application deadline: 6 August 2018
- Start date: 11 February 2019, application deadline: 21 January 2019
Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)
If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.
- Debating Special and Inclusive Education
- Researching Special and Inclusive Education
- Relationships and Behaviour
- Communication and Literacy
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
This course provides a solid grounding for a career in a diverse range of areas including classroom/learning support, special education, coordinating provision for children with special needs, leadership within special education and policy/administration.
It supports career progression through:
- evaluating effective approaches to supporting disabled children and young people including those with moderate to severe and complex learning difficulties and/or personal, social, emotional and behaviour difficulties
- exploring values and beliefs, policy, legislation, multi-agency working and involvement of families and disabled children and young people
- building confidence in your professional practice skills
- promoting personal development through reflection and critical analysis of your own beliefs and practices
Increasing your academic and research skills will support future doctorate level study including, for example, a Doctorate in education or educational psychology or PhD Special Educational Needs.
Coordinators and inclusion managers who have completed the National Award SEN Coordination can select modules from this programme to advance to a full MA qualification.
Employability and average starting salary
99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.
2:2 (or international equivalent)or a relevant professionalqualification in education,psychology, teacher trainingor a caring-related discipline
English language requirements
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated December 16, 2017