Introduction

If you want to offer more support to your students and understand their unique needs as individuals to help them attain their best potential in life early on this programme is for you. You are guided by experienced professionals to utilise latest research helping students to engage with their learning potential. This is a programme is designed for teachers/lecturers working at pre-school, primary, secondary and FE stages, including those with a particular interest in additional support needs.

This programme is studied fully online.

Fundamental to the programme is the belief that all learners have the same rights and are of equal worth, irrespective of their current level of attainment, cultural background, race, gender or age. All learners have the right to be educated alongside their peers, and young people's needs are best met through systems of shared responsibility.

The programme aims to help practitioners review and enhance the learning experience of all children and young people, including those with additional support needs. It endeavours to give experienced practitioners the time, opportunity and support to examine existing practice in the light of new research-informed knowledge and insights. It also aims to enable practitioners to build upon the range of experiences and different perspectives found amongst groups of colleagues supporting pupils with additional support needs, in a variety of contexts and settings, by exposing these to sustained discussion and critical appraisal.

A central feature of the course is the use of collaborative enquiry as a tool for creating new knowledge and transforming practice, by synthesising literature, personal and professional reflection and practice.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MEd, PgCert or PgDip
Duration
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

MEd 36 months Online Learning Part Time January or September
Semester 1

Semester 1

To gain a Certificate in Inclusive Practice students must attain 60 credit points from the following modular options. To gain a Diploma in Inclusive Practice students must attain 120 credit points.

Compulsory Courses



Optional Courses

To gain a Certificate in Inclusive Practice students must attain 60 credit points from the following modular options. To gain a Diploma in Inclusive Practice students must attain 120 credit points.

Exploring Difference & Diversity (ED50BM)
Inclusive Pedagogy (ED5501) - 30 Credit Points

The concept of Inclusive Pedagogy has been developed by studying the practice of primary and secondary classroom teachers who think about learning and teaching in a novel way. This approach acknowledges and responds to difficulties that children may face in their learning in ways that respect the dignity of the child in the community of the classroom. This approach leads to innovative partnerships between classroom teachers and other specialists such as additional support needs (ASN). It offers a framework for thinking about learning and teaching that can support planning and classroom practice.

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Participation & Learning (ED50BR) - 15 Credit Points

This course considers in detail effective practice in collaboration, and examines systems and organisational issues, as well as the development of personal skills. It also considers in particular the potential impact of collaboration on the learner.

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Literacy Difficulties and Dyslexia (ED50BQ) - 15 Credit Points

Focus Courses: ED50BQ Literacy Difficulties and Dyslexia OR ED50BP An Introduction to Autism and Its Implications for Classroom Practice 15 SM Points each

The focus element of this combined 30 credit module examines either literacy difficulties or autism in detail. Participants have the opportunity to explore in their practice how they might facilitate the enhanced participation of pupils facing these potential challenges in their learning.

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An Introduction to Autism and Its Implications for Classroom Practice (ED50BP) - 15 Credit Points

Focus Courses: ED50BQ Literacy Difficulties and Dyslexia OR ED50BP An Introduction to Autism and Its Implications for Classroom Practice 15 SM Points each

The focus element of this combined 30 credit module examines either literacy difficulties or autism in detail. Participants have the opportunity to explore in their practice how they might facilitate the enhanced participation of pupils facing these potential challenges in their learning.

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Critical Approaches to Academic Literature (ED503Q) - 15 Credit Points

This course is for students undertaking postgraduate study which requires a good standard of critical reading and writing skills.

The essential aim of the course is to provide participants with a working knowledge of what is required to appraise journal and other material, and be able to present a reasoned argument based on evidence. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate the capability to

  • develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of the topics studied, together with knowledge of major policy issues involved
  • analyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgments

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Research Methods (ED503R) - 15 Credit Points

The course is focussed on social science research and applications in professional / work contexts. Participants make critical connections between policy, theory, research and practice in the context of investigating their own practice. Course coverage includes research philosophy and methodology, research implementation (design, methods, data collection and ethics), data analysis and interpretation, and reflective evaluation. Participants conduct a small scale research activity to enable exploration and evaluation of the application of research in their own context. The course offers a supportive, formative learning experience in preparation for a larger project.

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Curriculum Transformation & Change (ED50BL) - 30 Credit Points

This module examines the concept of change as it relates to the development of inclusive curricula, and considers the influences and assumptions that shape the curriculum. It is designed to develop an understanding of the inter-relationships amongst various organisational systems, and to examine the professional and personal activities that take place within these interconnected systems.

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Work - Based Project / Dissertation (ED50PJ) - 60 Credit Points

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

To gain a Certificate in Inclusive Practice students must attain 60 credit points from the following modular options. To gain a Diploma in Inclusive Practice students must attain 120 credit points.

Semester 3

Semester 3

Participants who complete successfully the first three courses and 60 credit points may exit with a Certificate. Those who complete successfully the first five courses and 120 credit points may exit with a Diploma. Those who complete successfully all six courses and 180 credit points will achieve the award of a Master of Education degree.

Compulsory Courses

Work - Based Project / Dissertation (ED50PJ) - 60 Credit Points

This course will support you to frame, specify, plan, implement and report an academic or work-related research-based investigation or development. The course is available if you have successfully completed a postgraduate diploma and allows you to complete your Masters degree. Normally your diploma should have included courses which introduced the process and methods of conducting research. The work based project/dissertation course requires sustained independent research and you will receive individual or small group supervision. You will also have the opportunity to engage with workshops and online resources as part of a community of researchers in education and related areas.

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PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Please contact education@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Please contact education@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Formative assessment is a feature of all courses. Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from the work. Assignments focus directly on workplace applications.

Why Study Inclusive Practice?

  • The programme is designed for teachers / lecturers working at pre-school, primary, secondary and FE stages, including those with interests in additional support needs.
  • The programme aims to help all practitioners review their own practise, extend their skills and knowledge and enhance the learning experience of all children and young people.
  • For online participants inclusive pedagogy normally runs from January to June.
  • Participation and learning coupled with a Focus course runs from August to December. Face to face teaching is normally negotiated with the local authority representatives and offered throughout Scotland.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Applicants will be graduates and will be qualified teachers or other professionals working in a school setting. They must be able to undertake studies related to their own practice in their workplace setting.

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:2 or above from a recognised university or body. In exceptional circumstances applicants without this qualification may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Director subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of experience, appropriate to the field of study.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

MEd 36 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.
International Students £925
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis per 15 credits.
PgCert 12 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
International Students £925
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgDip 24 months Online Learning Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £320
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
International Students £925
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2018/19 Academic Year Charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

You are likely to have a signfiicant role in developing teaching, devising individual programmes, identifying suitable learning tools to meet the needs of all of your students as a specialist in teaching.

Career Opportunities

  • Advisor
  • Specialist Teacher
  • Teacher

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
School of Education
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 5UA