Inclusion and Special Educational Needs Professional Education Modules

The ISEN modules will enable in-service teachers, school leaders, policy leaders, and others working directly or indirectly with children with disabilities in the UAE, UK, and around the world to study across a broad spectrum of inclusion and special educational needs.

The ISEN modules are offered as flexible, blended learning opportunities in Dubai. This means the majority of your classes will be conducted online using the virtual learning platform, Canvas with the addition of two weekends of intensive teaching on campus at the start and end of each module.

Why take a Professional Education ISEN module?

  • School of Education at Birmingham is ranked 44th in the world (QS 2021)
  • Postgraduate, credit-bearing modules
  • Flexible, part-time – earn while you learn
  • Predominantly online learning
  • Modules can be taken as standalone credit, for training purposes
  • Postgraduate credits which can be used to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate or Masters in ISEN

Find out more about our full Masters and Postgraduate Certificate in ISEN

There are three core modules within the ISEN programme that you can complete to earn Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or they can be taken independently as continuing education.

If education professionals are interested in specific SEN groupings we are also offering two modules specific to children with autism, and ADHD. 

Learning and Teaching 

The Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN) programme modules are available through a blended learning format in Dubai and only available to be studied on a part-time basis. Studying by blended learning enables you to complete your studies at your own pace and with the flexibility working professionals need. Each module is offered in specific terms and will not be offered outside of that time window. 


These modules are designed to supplement professionals already working in the field, or those seeking a general introduction to topics within inclusion and special educational needs. In general, this includes teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, head teachers in schools, managers of community and charitable organisations, support workers in places such as a university or workplace disability service unit, social workers or nurses providing care for persons with disabilities, or a staff member of a Governmental organisation, amongst other things.  

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this programme are expected to have an undergraduate degree and relevant professional experience, training, or other qualifications and experience deemed suitable for entry onto this programme. The minimum undergraduate degree result must be at least a 2:1 or equivalent (GPA 3.0/4.0; or 75%).

You will need to demonstrate that you have a fluent level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS or alternative qualifications (TOEFL, PTE, Cambridge English). The minimum IELTS score for consideration is 6.5, with a 7.5 and above preferred.

Alternative English Language qualifications

For those joining us for 2020, we will accept the following tests as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Password English
  • Chinese College English Test (CET-6) (please note that this must be accompanied by at least a 6 week Pre-sessional English programme)


For further information on our Professional Education modules, please email Lynne Saint, Business Development Manager: