MEd

Inclusion and Special Needs Education

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year

2017

Programme length *

1 year(s)

Places available

No restrictions.

Attendance

Full-Time, Part-Time

Faculty

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

* This course has now closed for 2017 entry. To register your interest in the 2018 course please email askahss@qub.ac.uk

Overview

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 and learning related to the accommodation of and respect for difference.

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 Masters 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. The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s is one of the very few institutions in the UK to offer this practical and ethical approach to assessing issues of SEN, equality and inclusion.

There are three compulsory modules:

  • The Intellectual Foundations of Special Needs Education (online module)
  • Reimagining Special Needs Education and Inclusion
  • Special Needs Education and Issues of Equity

Issues you will explore include, for example, what we mean by special educational needs; how a SEN impacts on attainment, emotional and physical wellbeing, or inclusive practice; barriers to inclusion, including social class, gender, and ethnicity; and the role of stereotyping, prejudice and ignorance to ask questions about justice and equality for those identified as having a special educational need. In exploring your responses to such questions, you will examine the practical implications for improving and developing your own professional practice.

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.

Students who have undertaken the Masters degree value it for its innovative, challenging, and thought-provoking content, as well as its practical application to professional practice.

On successful completion students will have:

  • familiarity with a range of philosophiocal and sociological issues in special needs education and an insight into the implications of these issues for children who often find themselves on the margins of inclusion
  • a high level of critical understanding of the theory and practice of contemporary inclusive and special/additional needs education, and of inclusive pedagogy

a comprehensive understanding of exclusion and the relationship between educational special needs and social justice, and how these relate to dyslexia, autism, and so on, as well as to class, gender and ethnicity.

Why Queen's?

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 masters-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.

Course Details

Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (3 years) basis. Individual modules may be studied as a short course. Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.

List of Indicative Programme Modules

Modules (compulsory, all 20 CATS points):

  • An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education (online)
  • Reimagining Special Needs Education: Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Special Needs Education and Issues of Equity
  • The Intellectual Foundations of Special Education

Optional modules may be chosen from the Educational Studies (MEd) degree.

The MEd is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS) and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation. Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.

We've made it easy to study for a masters module as a short course. If you would like to apply for a short course, please contact the Education Secretary for advice.

Assessment & Feedback

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed through a written assignment of 3000 words that is informed by the student’s own professional practice and experience.

Learning and Teaching

Evenings and Saturday workshops

Indicative Number of Modules per Semester
Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester
Varies, depending on module choice and study mode (full-time/part-time).

Entry Requirements

Entrance Requirements

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.

Please note: The closing date for applications to this programme was Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 4pm. Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed. 

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Gillian Beavis
School of Education
Tel: 028 9097 5923
Email: g.beavis@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/ssesw/

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

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 Masters 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 alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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 alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Normally self-funded, although the School offers a number of scholarships. For any available funding please see the Scholarships page on the School website.  

For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website.

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