MA Inclusion

The MA Inclusion is a flexible, part-time distance learning course, designed for those who want to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and adults with diverse needs and in a range of settings. The programme offers 5 pathways, to investigate inclusive practice through multiple lenses and specialisms.

This three-year course, has been designed for teachers and other educational and care professionals working in a range of national and international settings. The MA Inclusion will provide you with an opportunity to develop your understanding of inclusive practice and to choose specialist pathways that focus on the distinctive learning needs of different groups. 

The pathways include:

Autism Adults Autism Children Severe Learning Disabilities/Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Special Educational Needs

The MA Inclusion consists of a total of 180 credits. During the first year of study you will choose a specialist pathway that enables you to develop a deep knowledge and understanding within a specific field. The second year is built to be flexible by allowing you to choose 60 M-level credits that will either enable you to develop more universal knowledge, add to your pathway specialism or develop expertise in other specialist pathways. Finally, you will bring your learning to bear on a problem of practice in your local context through a 60 credit dissertation related to your chosen specialist pathway.

You will need to take at least 100 module credits in the specialist pathway in order to achieve a qualification in your named pathway. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules as well as from core modules from a different pathway. 

If you hold the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) you may also be interested in the MA Inclusion (SENCo).

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

We also offer a one year, part-time Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits in total). This option gives you the opportunity to gain a specialist qualification at Masters level after just one year of study , or (on successful completion of the modules) to transfer to the MA Programme.

For the PGCert, you choose from one of the first year pathway options and for those who transfer to the MA, this would constitute your first year of the three-year course. The MA Inclusion entry criteria, teaching and assessment all apply to the PGCert option.

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Why Study this course?

  • The University of Birmingham is a leading provider of degree-level courses in inclusion and special educational needs.
  • Our courses develop real insight and encourage reflective practice. You will be tutored by senior practitioners and researchers in the field of inclusion who work within the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) 
  • The MA Inclusion degree offers both flexibility and choice from a range of modules.

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