Special and Additional Learning Needs (ICEPE) MA

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  • MA Special and Additional Learning Needs (ICEPE), home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Fees paid to partner institution.

Course modules

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Dyslexia and Literacy: Issues, Perspectives and Best practice

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary perspectives and best practice

Inclusive Education: Collaboration and best practice

Understanding Behaviour perspectives and best practice

Exceptionally able learners: Theories perspectives and best practice

Applied Behavioural analysis: Critical exploration and practice

Research Methods and Dissertation

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

This course will help you develop a range of transferable skills that are desirable in a wide variety of careers.

These skills include the knowledge of theories, legislation, policy and practice, computer literacy, planning and time management and written communication. You will also demonstrate your ability to think critically and to design and carry out small-scale research.

The skills and knowledge that you will develop on this course will allow those working in teaching to gain expertise in the increasingly sought-after area of special needs.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Education Studies Online
The role of SENCO is key within schools, and this course supports SENCOs to develop their knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in the area of SEND and leadership. Students are supported by tutors who have in-depth knowledge of the demands of the role. They can access support via email, using discussion boards on the Virtual Learning Environment and through face-to-face tutorials."
Nicole Whitelaw

PGCert Special Educational Needs Coordination Course Leader

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

This course is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings and the overall aim is to build the capacity of teachers and other professionals to respond effectively to the diverse educational needs of all learners, including those with special and additional educational needs.

You will gain a firm grounding in understanding a range of special educational needs.

You will develop detailed knowledge of specific special needs, including autism, dyslexia and social and emotional mental health issues.

Throughout the course, you will be supported to develop a critical understanding of theory alongside the practical knowledge you will gain.

Participants are encouraged to make links between theory and their own practice and become reflective practitioners who can think proactively and strategically about provision for pupils with special and additional learning needs.

How you'll learn

The course is delivered entirely online. Each module consists of reading materials and links to relevant and current policies, as well as audio and video materials which are used to enhance learning.

As a student, you can use our online library facility, allowing access to a wide range of e-books and electronic journals.

You also participate in a series of interactive tasks in which you and your fellow students discuss the issues raised in light of your own teaching context and educational background.

These tasks encourage interaction between participants, allowing you to explore theory and practice with fellow professionals. The tasks also support you to develop your ideas through discussion with others before approaching the assessment tasks.

In addition to online discussions, which involve the module tutor on a weekly basis, you have access to the module tutor via online tutorials.

You also have access to a wide range of specialist expertise in the area of Special and Additional Learning Needs throughout the course.

The tutors have all worked professionally to a high level in the field and have experience in working with participants from a wide range of cultures, backgrounds and professional contexts.

"The course has a vibrancy brought to it by the diverse experience of our students," says Course Leader Nicole Whitelaw.

"We have teachers, learning support assistants, social workers, adult support workers and many more all participating and sharing their perspectives on special needs and inclusion.

This is further enhanced by the international reach of the course. We have students from across the globe learning collaboratively and supporting each other."

Your professional learning is further developed through the Research and Methodology module, which prepares you to write a 14,000-word dissertation.

To complete the dissertation, you carry out small-scale research within an educational setting. You will link theory and current research to an area of interest, which allows you to reflect on your own practice and plan for change.

How you will be assessed

Each module is assessed through a single portfolio of 5,000 words or equivalent. The dissertation is 14,000 words.

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Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Education and Communities

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.