MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) 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. It will also be of value to social workers and police officers, or if you work with young offenders or other caring professions.
Studying this postgraduate SEN course will enhance your knowledge of the 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. It is compatible with the TTA SENCo standards, and has been designed to provide continuous professional, academic and personal development.
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. You will study the specialist core module of the MA SEN Programme – Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities – and in common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the Research Methodology module.
You will also select two optional modules from the MA Special Educational Needs programme. Examples of modules include:
Supporting Children with Autistic Spectrum
This is an introduction to Autism in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with Autism Spectrum.
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.
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.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
This focuses on the causation, presentation and implications of mental health difficulties in children and young people.
A full range of the modules available can be obtained through contacting the MA SEN Programme Leader.
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 SEN you go on to study a specific SEN topic that you are interested in and complete a 17,000 word dissertation.
Modules are normally assessed by a written assignment of 5,000 words.
Those who undertake the SpLD modules, with a view to gaining accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association, will undertake a specialist teaching practice. For other students, there may be opportunities to link with specialist settings on a voluntary basis.
Amanda Kelland, award leader
A good first degree is preferred but experience is greatly valued. Full-time and part-time students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process, will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student).
Full-time students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the internship scheme will also need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student).
If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band).
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
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.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.