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MA Inclusive Education and SEN

MA Inclusive Education and SEN is a course run by Portobello Institute, Dublin. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course with a duration of 2 years. MA Inclusive Education and SEN gives a Course Qualification of Masters Degree. For more information about MA Inclusive Education and SEN at Portobello Institute, please review the details below.

Course Details

Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this innovative Masters in Inclusive Education and SEN. You will build a comprehensive understanding and critical professional approach to working with children and families with additional physical or intellectual needs and what it means to succeed in terms of equality and inclusion provision.


This contemporary MA in Inclusive Education and SEN is designed for professionals working within Special Educational Needs (SEN), including those who may not be working directly with children or young adults. This Masters programme builds upon knowledge gained during undergraduate studies and experiential learning in the workplace. The blended learning delivery mode is a flexible study option for those seeking to fit learning around work and family.

Build your professional practice

The MA in Inclusive Education and SEN offers you an opportunity to build a comprehensive understanding and critical professional approach to working with children and families with additional physical or intellectual needs. You will advance your knowledge, understanding, and professional practice through engagement with current research and thinking. It also involves a reflection on, and analysis of, your own professional practice, supporting your personal development as well as putting you in a strong position for career progression in this sector.

This master’s programme aims to facilitate exploration and understanding of the concepts, issues, policies, and legislation pertaining to inclusive education and supporting disability in care and educational settings, particularly for children with disabilities and additional needs.

Understand social justice in the context of inclusive education

Explore the Capability Approach (CA) and learn that freedom to achieve well-being is to be understood in terms of people’s capabilities, that is, their real opportunities to do and be what they have reason to value. You will develop an understanding of some of the complexities of social justice and education with a particular focus on Special Education and Inclusion and consider to what extent schools, preschools, and care providers include minority groups or children with Special and Additional Needs.

Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello:

  • Career-focused qualifications – our courses lead to awards that offer you the opportunity to immediately advance your career.
  • Individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey.
  • Industry expert tutors – our tutors are all experienced in the field of early years care and education connecting research and theory with practice throughout their lectures.
  • Condensed scheduling – we value your time by ensuring your timetable is optimised for delivery, helping you maintain a work/life/study balance.
  • Flexible delivery – we deliver theory sessions online whilst also recording the session simultaneously offering you a choice of when and how you learn.
  • Affordable payment options – all our courses offer you the option to choose an easy payment plan supporting you to spread the cost out over your learning journey.

Why should I study this course?

Portobello Institute’s MA in Inclusive Education and SEN gives you the opportunity to attain a level 9 Masters qualification through a flexible mode of delivery designed to fit learning around your busy working and home life.

Earning a Master’s in Inclusive Education and SEN will help you foster a deeper understanding of the range of disabilities and difficulties, and to explore the implications arising from these difficulties for children to access, and participate in a variety of care and education settings. You will build an awareness of the strategies and interventions which can be implemented to ensure suitable support and provision to enhance children’s participation and wellbeing both physical and mental.

Focus on leadership in inclusive education

As part of the programme you will focus on learning theory and child development, leadership and curriculum design, making you an expert in inclusive education. You can take that knowledge with you into whichever profession you determine suits you after graduation: You will be introduced to new ideas.

Develop your knowledge of equality and diversity

This master’s will strengthen and develop the knowledge you have already gained, exposing you to new, groundbreaking ideas on how children learn and develop and the diversities we work with daily. You will be encouraged to communicate your ideas and learning, disseminating those with others, parents, stakeholders, practitioners, students etc, but even further with other professionals and researchers at conferences and seminars.

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded an MA in Inclusive Education and SEN. This is awarded by University of Essex and is aligned with a level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed on the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here.

What will I study during this New – MA Inclusive Education and SEN – October ’23 course?

The masters programme aims to provide an overview and general understanding on the topic of ethics and ethical engagement in respect of diversity and inclusion, with a focus on SEN and disability. A commitment to equality, diversity, social justice and advocacy are themes central to this Masters programme. You will develop a detailed understanding of current research and contemporary thinking in the field of special educational needs and inclusive education. You will appraise research and theory continuously and reflect on its impact on provision and practice with an emphasis on your own professional practice.

Developing an understanding of the historical, economic, social, cultural and political contexts which impact the lives of young adults, children and their families is a key benefit of studying this MA in Inclusive Education. You will also develop a comprehensive understanding of, and commitment to, issues of equality and diversity, social justice and advocacy in relation to the field of inclusive education.

During year 2, you may choose between the following modules;

A Critical Underpinning of Ethics for Inclusion and Diversity


Psychology of Development and Emotional Well-being

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Training ProviderPortobello Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding Body DetailsMA Inclusive Education and SEN awarded by University of Essex
Course Duration2 years
Course TimeThere are 2 intakes per year - Spring and Autumn
Course Fee4315 per academic year
Entry RequirementsEntry to this Masters is by direct application to Portobello Institute. There are entry criteria available to students with differing qualifications however students must hold a relevant honours degree (at least 2:2) and it is preferable you work in a special educational needs role. Applicants who do not meet the criteria, may be eligible for advanced entry into the BA (Hons) in Inclusive Education. This programme is available through Portobello Institute. Please note places on this course are restricted and places only confirmed once tuition fees have been received. Early Application is advised.
Carear PathWhat will a Masters mean to me in practice? Gaining a Masters qualification in Inclusive Education and SEN, offers you a graduate qualification that will enhance your career prospects and professional knowledge in the area of Special Needs and Inclusive Education. This programme provides expert knowledge to support educators and those working with the increasing diversity of children with additional learning needs; but to further enhance the knowledge and understanding of the psychology and underpinning concepts in respect of Inclusion and SEN in the context of early education, Primary and post-primary education; and also from a parenting perspective, providing an understanding of the key principles which underly children’s physical, intellectual, mental health and wellbeing, and strategies and resources to help build inclusive environments in which these children can thrive. The knowledge you will gain throughout this programme will enhance previously existing knowledge and will be beneficial for those working with children in early education, Special Needs, Primary education, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and specialists in mental health awareness and other specialisms. The Masters will provide valuable insights into strategies to support a range of disabilities, and you will develop an understanding of some of the complexities of social justice and education with a particular focus on Special Education and Inclusion. You will be encouraged to engage in a critical evaluation of what it means to allow children to flourish and attain well-being. Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to engage with consideration of how cultural and societal contexts impact on children and adolescent development and learning, articulate the impact of social, cultural, and environmental contexts on the development of babies and children into adolescents and demonstrate the importance of providing appropriate resources reflecting the diversity of cultures and languages for the children with whom you will be working. Completion of this programme will build upon your existing skills and competencies, enhancing the quality of education, and provision for children with additional needs in a variety of settings, thus opening up numerous career opportunities for those interested in working in this sector, for example in consultancy work, Lecturing in Higher Education, Management, non-governmental organisations, supporting the wellbeing of children and young people with additional needs, as well as developing your personal skills and academic knowledge. Exit points on this Masters After completing the two modules delivered in the first year of this course you will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education should you wish to exit the programme and not continue to second year. If you wish to exit the programme after completing a further two modules (four in total), you will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education. Students who complete four modules and the required dissertation project will be awarded a Masters in Inclusive Education.
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