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Masters in Special Educational Needs

Masters in Special Educational Needs

  • PAC CodeDC994
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Part-time
  • Duration 1-2 Years

The Masters in Special Educational Needs (MSEN) is a blended programme open to qualified experienced teachers working in primary and post-primary schools, or in special schools or classes. 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 special educational needs.

Eligible applicants will have at least three years' teaching experience at least one of which will be in Special Education. Applicants must also have completed a recognised postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support and special education or the DCU accredited Professional Diploma in Special and Inclusive 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.

PAC Application for Year 1 | Application form for MSEN Year 2

Programme

Successful applicants who have completed a recognised postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support and special education will  carry 30 credits towards the MSEN and 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 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. Online lectures normally take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the first semester. Face-to-face lectures normally take place on two Saturdays during the first semester.

Successful applicants entering the MSEN from the Professional Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education will complete 90 credits over two academic years. In year one, they will complete  two  15 credit modules delivered online, SI702 Assessment, Profiling and Planning and  SI703 Planning, Teaching and Learning for All. In the second year they will complete Modules SI801 Research Methods and SI 802 Curriculum, Pedagogy & Current Issues and a 30 credit thesis on an approved topic relating to inclusive and special education. The year 1 modules SI702 Assessment, Profiling and Planning and SI703 Planning, Teaching and Learning for All are fully online. Module SI702 involves the assessment of a child/young person and SI703 involves one formative and one graded assessment of teaching and planning in the course participant’s own school. 

In order to participate in the programme, candidates must be teachers and must have access to a school or setting where they can engage in research on a topic in the area of inclusive and special education. As a considerable part of the programme is delivered online, students will also need to have access to a computer and have high quality broadband access.

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Requirements

General 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, or in special schools or classes.
  • Eligible applicants will have at least three years' teaching experience at least one of which will be in Special Education.
  • Applicants must also have completed either

- DCU accredited Professional Diploma in Special Educational Needs 

or

- a recognised postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support and special education.

  • Selection criteria may apply to all candidates

How to Apply and Closing Dates

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Dates for Submission of Applications 

EU Applicants 

Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (www.pac.ie/dcu) for DC994, closing date for receipt of completed applications is Monday 8th May 2017.