UCL Institute of Education, University of London

UCL Institute of Education, University of London

Teaching (Special Educational Needs)

Teachers participate in the MTeach (SEN) as part of an agreement between the participating school and the Institute of Education. You need the support of your headteacher to be able to apply for the MTeach (SEN) programme. Where there are insufficient numbers of participants in a school, the programme can be taught to a group of schools who come together occasionally for taught sessions. These arrangements need to be agreed with headteachers to ensure a viable group of participants can be established. This school-based Master's degree will: support teachers through sustained continuing professional development with regards to SEN; enable you to shape and evaluate your knowledge and practice with regard to SEN; engage with new developments in teaching pupils with a range of SEN, and make innovative use of new technologies; examine current issues and debates on teaching and learning with regard to SEN; deepen your subject knowledge and pedagogy with regard to SEN; give you a critical understanding of education research with application to practice; help you to analyse and reflect on your role in education; develop your communication skills through discussions and different forms of writing.

Entry requirements

A good first degree and strong references from appropriate referees. You should be teaching or working as an education practitioner in for the duration of the programme.

Course modules

Core: Developing professional enquiry skills; concepts and contexts of special and inclusive education; research and professional practice; practice-based enquiry (research report); plus 2 choices from the recommended option modules (subject to availability): developing special educational needs (SEN) co-ordination (improving learning and teaching); developing SEN co-ordination (leading and managing change); understanding specific learning difficulties (dyslexia); complex learning needs; cognitive development and learning.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words (including a school-based presentation, a proposal for teacher research and critique of a research article), and a 10,000-word research report.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MTeach Part-time £ 3,370 per Whole course (home fees) 24 months
MTeach Part-time £ 7,392 per Whole course (overseas fees) 24 months
PgCert Part-time - 12 months
Part-time - 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Institute of Education, University of London Camden WC1H 0AL South East

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