There is growing international impetus to dismantle educational exclusion and to develop equitable and inclusive education systems.
On this course, we consider the rights of all children to be included in schools and society, by examining barriers to inclusion in terms of environment and within child factors. This includes exploration of the specific needs of children with labels of learning difficulties, intellectual impairment, physical and sensory 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 supporting students in collaboration with teachers, 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 and disabilities (SEND), 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 SEND. 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
If you are not currently working in a teaching environment, we will support you to gain placements in local schools, offering you the opportunity to experience local practice and the potential to conduct small scale research projects.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the modules, and would have no hesitation recommending the course to colleagues.
I have not only enjoyed the intellectual challenge of the modules and the assignments but also the opportunity to study with colleagues from a range of backgrounds. And not least, my tutors have proved not only experts in their fields but also able to pass their knowledge on to their students.
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent. You could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.