MA/ PGCert Education (Inclusion and Special Educational Needs)

MA/Postgraduate Certificate

Start date
September 2021
Duration
3 years
Campus
Dubai
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

For more information contact 
dubai@contacts.bham.ac.uk 
or call +971 424 92300 

Discover more about our Scholarship's.

The MA Education (Inclusion and Special Education Needs) is a part time programme, designed for those with an existing teacher certification, or currently employed in an educational context and who want to study themes relevant to Inclusion and Special Education at Masters Level.

Please note that the MA programme is subject to UAE Ministry of Education accreditation. 

The PGCert has received full UAE Ministry of Education accreditation.

This Inclusion and Special Educational Needs programme focuses on developing a versatile professional with a holistic understanding of inclusion for persons and students with disabilities. It has been designed to supplement professionals already working in the field. In general, this includes teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, head teachers in schools, managers of community and charitable organisations (NGOs) or a staff member of a Ministry of Education or Ministry of Health. 

On the MA Education (Inclusion and Special Education Needs) programme you will:

  • Engage with leading academics;
  • Be part of a research-informed community which harnesses cutting-edge and seminal research literature; conducting research and enquiry to review and reflect on professional practice including aspects of inclusion, disability, special education needs;
  • Develop capacity for rigorous and critical analysis of evidence from research and evidence from practice in international educational contexts;
  • Develop your own specialist areas of expertise through research, enquiry and other practice-focused assignments.

In your first year, the following modules will be covered:

  • Cross-Cultural Issues in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (20 credits)
  • Inclusion: Individual and Group Differences (20 credits)
  • Evaluation and Policy Analysis for Inclusive Education (20 credits)

After completing the foundation modules you will chose from a selection of specialist modules in specific disability areas. Modules could include special education needs of students with autism, classroom behavior management, understanding dyslexia The ability to tailor this MA to your specific interests while also providing the foundations of whole school inclusion is a unique and valuable experience.

In your final year of study you undertake a Master’s Dissertation. 

Further information

If you are a student or teacher and wish to receive further information and updates about this programme, please register your interest at: dubai@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

As Dubai International Academic City celebrates a decade of excellence, we are honoured to welcome one of the world’s top 100 universities, University of Birmingham, to our vibrant and diverse higher education community. University of Birmingham’s commitment to knowledge transfer through cutting-edge research makes it an ideal partner of choice, contributing to the enhancement of the UAE’s vision of creating innovative and enduring solutions that meet the demands of key sectors of development such as STEM and Education.

Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai International Academic City

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Modules

In your first year, the following modules will be covered:

Cross-Cultural Issues in Special Education Needs & Disabilities (20 credits)

You will be supported to undertake critical analysis of cross-cultural dimensions of SEND and inclusive education, with particular attention to your own context in Dubai. You will also examine the potential of ‘interventions’ that have a cross-cultural basis (eg in disability studies, philosophy and the arts) to stimulate inclusive policy and practice.

Inclusion: Individual & Group Differences (20 credits)

Key areas of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and educational placement will be broadly mapped in relation to different SEND groupings, e.g. Autism, dyslexia, hearing impairment / deafness, MSI, PMLD, SLD, vision impairment and you will discuss examples of broader inclusion debates, dilemmas, positions and solutions.

Evaluation & Policy Analysis for Inclusive Education (20 credits)

Specific topics for reflection will be identified related to current educational / SEND issues. Students will be asked to consider and critically analyse how educational settings are currently reflecting on your SEND provision in the light of the current governmental direction and changes. Other subjects include, policies related to SEND practice and their efficacy and effectiveness; organisational structures in schools and social systems that impact inclusive education practices.

Specialist modules

After completing the foundation modules you will chose from a selection of specialist modules in specific disability areas. Modules could include special education needs of students with autism, classroom behavior management, understanding dyslexia The ability to tailor this MA to your specific interests while also providing the foundations of whole school inclusion is a unique and valuable experience.

Dissertation (60 credits)

In your final year of study you undertake a Master’s Dissertation (60 credits) in an area related to your practice.  We will provide you with the research methods training that will allow you to conduct a piece of critical research and to develop an in-depth understanding of an educational topic of personal and/or professional interest. You will receive individualised supervisory support as you undertake your dissertation

Fees

For more information contact dubai@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +971 424 92300 

Scholarships

There is no bursary for these courses but there is a chance to apply for a scholarship. Find out more about the scholarships

How To Apply

Apply for the PCert online. If you are interested in applying for the MA programme, please contact dubai@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +971 424 92300 

 

Our Standard Requirements

To be considered by the University of Birmingham you will need to meet our general entry requirements.

All applicants must have:

  • A degree (equivalent to a UK Bachelors Degree of at least 2:2 or above) or a recognised equivalent qualification and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded.
  • Two references will be required one academic and one professional. Your professional reference should preferably be someone who can comment on your suitability for working with children. The references should provide supporting evidence in relation to the personal statement and your suitability for the course. You will therefore need to approach your referees to ensure that you are able to provide current contact details.  
  • If English is not your first language you may need to demonstrate proficiency in English through the completion of an academic level IELTS or equivalent. You should achieve a score of 6.5 across all four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • A personal statement that explains your career goals and demonstrates writing proficiency at the Masters level. This should be a maximum of 500 words and at minimum 250.

If you are unsure about the equivalences of your qualifications, simply contact our team and we will do this for you.  Please contact Dubai@contacts.bham.ac.uk  or Text, Call or WhatsApp us on +971 (0)55 182 8937

International Requirements



As part of the admissions process you will need to provide the following information on your application form. 

  • Name and address
  • Date of birth
  • Country of residence
  • A personal statement
  • Evidence of your qualifications
  • References 

Evidence of qualifications

You need to supply evidence or transcripts of your degree in the medium of English as specified by the entry requirements outlined on the course page. This will normally be a minimum of a 2.1 or equivalent. 

You will also need to provide evidence that you achieved 6.5 (5.5 in each subject) in your IELTS test. For those without a first degree studied in the medium of English an IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

References

Two references will be required one academic and one professional. Your professional reference should preferably be someone who can comment on your suitability for working with children. The references should provide supporting evidence in relation to the personal statement and your suitability for the course. You will therefore need to approach your referees to ensure that you are able to provide current contact details. 

Following completion of the MA Education (Inclusion and Special Educational Needs), your University of Birmingham qualification is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. 

With a strong focus on connecting research to practice, and using and analysing evidence, this programme also provides a firm basis for students wishing to pursue further study on a PhD programme.