MA Special Educational Needs is for people working with children or young people whose development is affected adversely by difficulties in learning or by behaviour.
The MA SEN course will be highly beneficial if you’re a teacher from a primary, secondary or special school, or a lecturer from a further education or higher education setting. Also if you are a social worker or police officer, or if you work with young offenders or other caring professions.
Studying the Masters course, you will enhance your knowledge of a number of key issues related to special educational needs, and will develop your professional awareness of this area. You’ll experience a course that caters for both academic and practitioner driven interest in special educational needs.
There is a wide range of specialist modules to choose from, providing the opportunity to have a postgraduate course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
In common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the core module Research Methodology. You will also study the specialist core module: Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities.
On completion you will be expected to make the decision to specialise in a particular subject area. You will select two optional modules from the MA Special Educational Needs programme. Examples of modules include:
Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
This specialist module relates to the increasing numbers of children and adolescents with problems in understanding due to poor receptive skills, and in being understood, due to poor expressive skills.
Specific Learning Difficulties
Focuses not only upon specific difficulties in literacy and numeracy, but addresses the wider spectrum of potentially associated conditions, eg, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
This focuses on the causation, presentation and implications of mental health difficulties in children and young people.
Supporting Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This is an introduction to the ASD module in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with ASD.
Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules).
To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.
An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.
If you are interested in the possibility of gaining a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities at the University of South Wales.
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