Postgraduate (full-time, part-time)

Special Educational Needs and Disability MA

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In a world of fast-paced medical advances and with survival rates on the increase, special educational needs and disabilities(SEND)are becoming increasingly complex to address. Our course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding for improving provision and engaging constructively and confidently with professionals and families of children and young people with SEND, 0-25 years.

Studying with colleagues and experts from various professional disciplines, you’ll work closely with those who recognise the importance of ensuring quality of life and fulfilment of families’ aspirations for children and young people with SEND.

From exploring professionals’ duties and procedures within the wider societal and familial context, to the enhancement of intervention, communication and inter-personal skills, our course aims to strengthen and enrich your professional repertoire, and tackle the assumptions that it’s clear how to collaborate and maximise one another’s skills.




Cambridge (Cambridgeshire )
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Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT


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Although our course is primarily aimed at those working with children and young people with SEN, it also addresses the urgent need to strengthen collaborative working. For newly-qualified professionals, our Masters degree will enhance your employability as a potential specialist for children with SEN and their families. Whatever your background and personal or professional agenda, and however far you wish to take your study, our course will prepare you with transferable knowledge, skills and understanding for engaging collaboratively to make a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable citizens and their families.

We believe that the full participation and empowerment of all stakeholders is key in shaping the direction of the lives of children and young people with SEND. Alongside gaining insights and a deeper understanding of perspectives and frameworks, you’ll work with verbal and non-verbal strategies to support collaboration and the intervention process for children and young people with SEND. Specialist tutors from our respected professional training courses will bring knowledge and experiences from various disciplines. In addition to this, a week-long summer school will develop your inter-professional approaches and enhance your range of strategies while you enjoy the beautiful city of Cambridge.

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Course programme

Modules & assessment
  • Send and Disability in ContextThis module establishes the entitlement context for children and young adults with SEN & disability aged 0- 25 years against the backdrop of legislative change and evolving models and global perspectives on ‘need’, ‘inclusion’ and ‘personalisation’. It explores rights, duties, procedures and principles for practice expected from those working to improve quality of life and aspirations, and implications of mandates for collaborative working and person-centred planning. Using case studies of children with complex needs will enable you to gain understanding of some of the growing number of new, rare and lesser known conditions. You will then unravel and explore implications for collaborative assessment of unfamiliar needs from a range of professional perspectives
  • Intervention for SEN and DisabilitiesThis module explores main areas of special educational need and disability, and personalised intervention that is inclusive of stakeholders and supported by the principle of equality of opportunity. You will consider the tension between identification of need and the philosophy of inclusion, and implications of Quality First Teaching within new frameworks and for sustaining children/young adults in the 0-25 years age range in their communities. Areas of need explored will include communication and interaction, cognition and learning, emotional, social and mental health, and sensory and physical needs. You will consider implications for children/young adults with some specific conditions, for example autism, dyslexia and ADHD, with critical consideration of implications for the child and family, and approaches to intervention.You will also appraise working practices with the child and family, and engage with stakeholders to construct a positive approach that builds on partnership strengths.
  • Exploring Boundaries and Practices for SEN and DisabilitiesThis module aims to enhance the repertoire of intervention options for professionals working with children/young adults with a range of SEN and disabilities, aged 0-25 years and beyond. The module will give you verbal and non-verbal communication strategies so that you can develop participatory cultures with colleagues and maximise choices for children and young people with SEN & disability and their families. You will gain insights from direct experiences within the safe context of taught sessions and workshops, and implement and reflect on approaches in professional practice. Ethical considerations will be a prominent theme, as will issues for addressing inter-professional boundaries of expertise and possible barriers between stakeholders
  • Investigating Education through ResearchThis module provides students with the opportunity to consider the aims and intentions of educational research, critique published journal articles, and examine the role of evidence from research as a basis for improving early childhood education and care. Students will gain grounding in educational research issues, methods and strategies together with knowledge of how to match intended outcomes with specific educational questions and methods of investigation.
  • Postgraduate Major Project (double module)The Major Project is central to the Masters award and enables you to demonstrate your ability to synthesise learning from previous modules. You will use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This is the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to your chosen topic and a critical understanding of research methods and their relationship to knowledge. You will also be in a position to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in your research or professional practice and to expand existing knowledge to contribute to the development of best practice.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.Assessment

Our course uses an imaginative range of approaches for you to demonstrate not only your developing knowledge and understanding of theoretical module content, but also your expanding skills from across disciplines for engaging and empowering professionals, families and children and young people with SEN themselves.

You’ll engage in collaborative assessments such as group presentations, alongside other methods like individual critical reflections and an extended evaluation of issues applied to your own unique context.

Our assignments have been designed to progress your learning, assessing your ability to communicate with clariyy both verbally and in written reports for a range of audiences. You’ll be expected to demonstrate an appropriate ability to meet academic conventions for Masters level study, with fluent and accurate Standard English and referencing.

Additional information

Course duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Teaching times: Tuesdays 4–7pm for specialist modules (full-time and part-time students); Tuesdays 1–4pm for research modules (full-time students).

Full-time teaching times may vary throughout the week and you may be co-taught with students on other modules.

Part-time teaching times: Trimester 1: Tuesday 4pm-7pm; Trimester 2: Tuesday 4pm-7pm; Trimester 3: Tuesday 5pm-7pm, workshops 9am-4pm Monday to Friday for 1 week

Course fees: UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) £7,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time) £3,550

International students, 2016/17 (per year) £11,900

Special Educational Needs and Disability MA

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