MA Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

How does the education system treat children with behavioural issues? In an age of globalisation, what does inclusion really mean? How should special schools work with mainstream schools?

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Overview

Examine alternative approaches to inclusion and diversity in education. Explore theory, policy and practice in the field of inclusion, disability and Special Educational Needs (SEN). Analyse your professional practice, and apply current research concepts to your work.

Our part-time masters degree focuses on the hidden voices in education. Rather than exploring a particular category of special educational needs and disability (SEND), you’ll consider the critical issues for equity and diversity.

Your practice is a key focus of this course – you’ll continually reflect on your practice and adapt your skills using the methods you learn.

We will challenge you to rethink your ideas about education, to analyse your views, and to think about the implications for policy and practice.

You’ll question the way we educate and look at alternative ways to encourage the inclusion of children and adults who are marginalised from typical ways of learning. Topics could include constructivism, Piaget’s theories on how children learn, and Dewey’s thoughts on applied knowledge.

You’ll also explore some of the wider questions related to theory, policy and practice in the field of inclusion and SEND. Questions such as; how can education promote greater equity in an increasingly diverse society? How should we understand the complexities of inclusive education in a rapidly changing world? How does inclusive education influence social justice?

 

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Practice and self-reflection are a core part of this course, and it’s designed to support your priorities, targets and aspirations.

We encourage you to apply your new thinking to practice and carry these creative, innovative approaches forward. This helps you to develop your skills as a systematic, evidence-driven practitioner.

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills to develop a career across the education sector, within both mainstream and specialist settings. Previous graduates of this course have gone onto management and advisory positions.

You could also continue studying, beginning a PGCE to become a teacher or starting a research degree (MPhil, EdD or PhD).

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Entry requirements

Standard Manchester Met entry requirements for taught postgraduate programmes apply.

You also need to have experience relevant to the award area (or taking up employment or similar related to the award area).

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

For Further Information

Tutor Contact: Dr Sam Fox Samantha.fox@mmu.ac.uk 

Course details

Our part-time masters degree helps you to reframe your thoughts about inclusive education and special educational needs and disability (SEND).

You’ll analyse situations from your practice, reflect on them with fellow students and consider ways to do things differently.

You’ll use the theoretical knowledge you learn through the course to deal with issues you might face in practice, such as engaging with the political climate and issues in policy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dissertation

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 unit’s assessment criteria.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1084 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Up to £10,609 available to students who live in England

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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