The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) programme will enable you to deepen and extend your knowledge and understanding of educational and social theories which are related to working with children and young people with a range of special educational and individual learning needs.
The programme utilises lectures, seminars, tutorials, school visits, practical tasks, and discussions. Lectures and seminars are facilitatedby academics who are leaders in research in the field of SEND.
The programme has been designed to allow opportunities for individualisation of content to ensure that it is relevant to your professional and personal needs. As a student on the programme, you will be expected to be self-directed in your learning, and propose projects that can be practical, theoretical, or both. If you choose to pursue the MA award, you will have the opportunity to design and implement research that will allow you to gain skills in research design and methodology.
This programme is designed to supplement professionals already working in the field, or those seeking a general introduction to topics within special educational needs and disabilities. In general, this includes educators already working with students with special educational needs and disabilities, support workers in places such as a university or workplace disability service unit, a social worker or nurse providing care for persons with disabilities, someone working for a non-governmental organization dealing with disabilities issues, or a staff member of a Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health, amongst other things. This programme is notintended to be a training programme for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs), nor will it provide specific teacher training to directly work with students with disabilities in education or health settings.
If you are interested in a part-time, distance learning programme, please see our Inclusion and Special Educational Needs course.
The Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) within the School of Education also has a number of other courses relating to special education that provide more specific training for those with limited initial experience that seek to work directly in the field following university training. For more of a speciality focus, there is also a MA course in Management of Special Education in Developing Countries that is offered in the Department of Education and Social Justice (ESJ).
To help you decide which level of award you need to apply for, please view the Level of awards table (PDF). This table provides an overview of the different awards, modules and credits needed to achieve the Postgraduate certificate (PGCert); Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Masters (MA) qualification.