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Masters in Special Educational Needs



Masters in Special Educational Needs is a course run by Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin. For more information about Masters in Special Educational Needs at Dublin City University (DCU), please review the details below.

The Masters in Special Educational Needs (MSEN) is a blended programme open to qualified experienced teachers working in primary and post-primary schools, in special schools or classes or in other recognised educational centres. The aim of the programme is to develop teachers’ knowledge and skills in analysing, critiquing and applying research literature in the area of special and inclusive education and in carrying out research relevant to children and young people with learning difficulties, additional support, or special educational needs.

Applicants must have successfully completed  a recognised 60 credit postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support, inclusive or special education. Selection criteria may apply to all candidates.

A qualification of Masters in Special Educational Needs will be awarded to successful course participants by Dublin City University.

Year Two Entry

Successful applicants who have completed a recognised postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support, inclusive or  special education will be required to complete an additional 60 credits  for the award of MSEN. The 60 credits are normally completed within one academic year and comprise two 15 credit modules and a 30 credit thesis. Module SI801 focuses on research methodologies and Module SI802 addresses curriculum and pedagogy and current issues in inclusive and special education. Students will also complete a 30 credit thesis on an approved topic relating to inclusive and special education.  The year  usually comprises a week’s summer course, online lectures, and a small number of face-to-face lectures on campus.

Applicants should note that they  will be required to submit two formative  assessment requirements at the end of August and so will need to be in  a position to factor in some  time during the Summer vacation  for the completion of these requirements.

Summer School
In 2021/22, Year two will commence with a Summer School in July, dates TBC.

Saturdays
2021/22 face-to-face lecture dates TBC.

Online lectures

These normally take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings  between September and November. A small number of online sessions will be scheduled in semester 2.

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For more information about the course, see: https://www.dcu.ie/courses/postgraduate/institute-education/masters-special-educational-needs

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Training ProviderDublin City University (DCU)
Course LocationGlasnevin, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 9
Awarding BodyDublin City University
Awarding Body DetailsMasters in Special Educational Needs
Entry RequirementsGeneral Entry Requirements The Masters in Special Educational Needs (MSEN) is a blended programme open to qualified experienced teachers working in primary and post-primary schools, in special schools or classes or in other recognised educational centres. Eligible applicants will have at least three years' teaching experience. There is no Year 1 entry for this programme. Applicants for entry to MSEN Year Two must have completed a recognised 60 credit postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support, inclusive or special education. Fees Part time EU Status Fee Part-time €3,050 per annum Non EU Fee Part time €7,000 per annum
Carear PathCareer Areas Education Government Agencies Government Departments Post Primary Education Post Primary Schools Pre School Primary Schools The Masters in Special Educational Needs is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of teachers seeking to acquire deep expertise in the area of inclusive and special education. The programme offers participants the opportunity to develop deep understanding of and critique theories and practices relating to inclusive and special education in light of current research and professional experience. Graduates will develop the skills and knowledge to contribute to and lead the development of a culture of critical analysis, research, and innovative practice in inclusive and special education and so have a formative impact on development within schools, workplaces and the broader education community. The programme will be of interest to teachers who wish to take on a leadership role in relation to inclusive pedagogy within their schools and school areas. Many graduates of the MSEN have also moved into leadership and professional development roles within other relevant educational contexts.
Phone+353 (0) 1 700 9062
Course CodeDC994
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