MA Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs and Disability is for a wide range of education professionals (and in adjacent areas eg relevant health/social care settings) who are interested in professional development, understanding and practice in the award area.
Following enrolment, students attend an evening induction eventInduction includes a welcome and introduction, library and resources briefing, and academic student support session. Further details will be available on the Welcome Website following enrolment. Please note that as well as the beginning of the academic year, it is also possible to start this MA in January (or June by request).
A full Masters is 180 credits at level 7, and at MMU this is divided in to 4 x 30 credit taught units, plus a (60 credit) dissertation.
Each 30 credit taught unit lasts four months (units start in October, February and June) and begins with a unit conference event from 6pm Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime. Unit conferences are non-residential (and we appreciate most students like to get back to their own beds/families if possible) but good value accommodation options are available close to the Brooks Building for those students coming from distance (information on these will be provided).
Keynote speakers will normally be timetabled for Friday evenings and will introduce issues of broad relevance and at the forefront of thinking about education and education practices. On Saturday and Sunday (morning) students will largely be working in small, award-specific groups with specialist tutors. You should leave with ideas for the assignment you will be working on!
The unit conference is followed by (a minimum of) two further (evening) group seminars/tutorials, supported by a dedicated VLE resource, and individual tutorial contact with an award tutor to support assignment work. For students at distance participation in group seminars may be possible via Skype or similar.
Every unit offers opportunities for formative assessment feedback on a draft or plan, before final submission.
The dissertation is supported by individual and group supervision, a dedicated electronic resource, and group events.
All students are also invited to our MMU Postgraduate Sessions monthly evening sessions where staff and doctoral students present their ongoing research (sessions are also podcasted where possible).
Unit conference dates for 2017/18 are: (please note these, its important that students can attend):
Award of a PGCE recently (within the previous five years) may allow advanced standing on the programme up to 60 credits. Other relevant awards at level 7 eg PgCert NASENCo can also confer advanced standing (discuss with your tutor), for waiver of credits. Please note there is a maximum number of credits that can be placed against the award but your tutor can work out your individualised route through with you. It should also be noted that all students must take the Research and Practice unit prior to dissertation (unless a direct equivalent has been taken elsewhere). Please indicate relevant qualifications on your application form and if advanced standing arrangements might apply to you.
In addition (or alternatively), it is possible with the agreement of your Award Tutor to incorporate recognition of prior experiential learning, that is, via relevant work experience that you may have. Further advice and guidance on this will be given by your Award Tutor after enrolment.
Mapping the Territory: critical concepts and issues
This unit enables a critical exploration of theory and practice and the ways these inter-relate and extend each other, for practice. There is an emphasis on participants exploring (re-looking), analysing and reflecting on relevant theoretical, conceptual and contextual lenses and evidence salient for their own practice settings and professional priorities, to ask challenging questions, and make judgements about what is going on, where they sit, and how they might respond.
Typical content is shaped by students own interests, and articulated in and for students own practice and practice contexts.
The unit runs from October 2017 to February 2018, starting with the unit conference on 6-8 October 2017.
Specialist Supported Project: Inclusive Education and SEND
This unit supports students to develop a specialist focus and undertake a project of particular interest or relevance to their professional practice. Students identify and explore significant themes, issues or challenges, select a relevant focus for their project, and appropriate approach/tools/methods. Projects might be desk, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases enable students to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge through the use of evidence, analysis, reflection and evaluation, as appropriate to their project. The unit provides an introduction to the nature of knowledge, knowledge generation for practice and enquiry/investigation approaches.
The unit runs from February to June 2018, starting with the unit conference on 9 - 11 February 2018
Shaping the Future
This unit asks students to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions, and professional dilemmas within their own practice, to think forward and develop possible ways of re-framing, re-imagining, or innovating for future practice. This provides opportunities to work at the leading edge (of thinking/practice) to rethink services or approaches/interventions, to plan forward and/or to consider specific changes and new innovations.
The unit runs from June - October 2018 starting with the unit conference 8 - 10 June 2018.
Research and Practice
The unit aims to develop a greater understanding of the relevance of research to professional practice. Students examine different approaches to conducting research, and their limitations and possibilities for generating knowledge in their own practice area. The unit also explores the ethical tensions and dilemma inherent in the research process, especially those particular to practitioner research. As part of the assessment of the unit, students produce a research proposal (that can be taken forward to final dissertation) to demonstrate understanding and capacity to carry out a coherent and credible small research project.
The unit runs from February - June 2018 (for students with previous credits), and from October 2018 - February 2019 for students starting their MA from the very beginning in October 2017.
This unit is designed to support and facilitate students in planning, conducting and evaluating a significant, practical and coherent (practitioner) research project. Participants finalise a research proposal for approval and for ethical clearance, and will then undertake the research project. Whilst undertaking the project students are offered tutorial support, this constitutes a blend of group tutorials as well as individual supervision. The entire process is supported by a suite of online resources as well as on-site activities that are aimed at enriching the students experience and improving the quality of the final dissertation.
The focus of the dissertation is self-selected. Students may choose to research any area of interest as long as it relates to the area of inclusive education and/or SEND. Whilst many MA students choose to conduct practitioner research projects, this is not a requirement of the course and alternative or innovative formats and approaches are encouraged. The terms and content of the dissertation are negotiable, with supervisors working closely alongside students to ensure that areas of personal professional and academic interest can be pursued in ways that satisfy the units assessment criteria.
The unit runs from June 2018 - June 2019 (for students with previous credits) and from February 2019 for students starting their MA from the very beginning in October 2017.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Assessment is by coursework for each unit and a full assignment brief is available for each unit. Assessment tasks always allow you to pursue your own thinking and interests within the parameters of the unit and award. Formative feedback is available and built in for every unit.
For taught units (30 credits) the assessment is 5000 words equivalent. The final (60 credit) dissertation is 12-14,000 words.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/cyes/staff/
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