Leadership & Inclusion - Education

Modules will be delivered by synchronous online lectures over two hours at evening time, with some onsite activities organised outside of normal working hours, such as on Saturdays. For those unable to attend onsite, recordings of the inputs will be made available.

The aim of this programme is to bring together two strands of postgraduate education for teachers which, traditionally have been offered very separately. It aims to combine the development of leadership skills with the enhancement of an inclusive mindset for aspiring school leaders. It aims to place the organisational aspects of inclusive education at the centre of organisational development and, hence, school development. It aims to place the effective inclusion of pupils, who are potentially vulnerable to exclusion, at the centre of overall school effectiveness. Such vulnerability can arise on the grounds of (dis)ability, or social, cultural or linguistic backgrounds or other minority status.

It aims to familiarise students with the latest national and international research in relation to Leadership Education and Inclusive Education.

Subjects taught

The components of this 90- Credit Masters qualification are:
Core Modules:
Research Thesis
Research Methods
School Leadership for Quality Teaching and Learning
Inclusion and Equality in Education
Contemporary Issues
Inclusive Education for Pupils with AEN

Stage 1 Options:

Inclusion and Equality in Education EDUC40130
Inclusive Education for Pupils with Additional support Needs EDUC40420
Contemporary Issues EDUC41620
School leadership and the quality of teaching and learning: actors, agency, activities EDUC41640
Thesis: School Leadership EDUC42050
Research Methods (Blended) EDUC42890
Research Methods 2 (Blended) EDUC42910

Entry requirements

An honours undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or International equivalent) is required and experience in teaching contexts.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6 in each element) or equivalent.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Master of Education Leadership & Inclusion PT (W488)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


2 years part-time
Mode of Delivery: Blended

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
This Masters in Education qualification has the potential to further the careers of a range of educators, including mainstream class teachers, special education teachers and both current and aspiring school leaders.

It will enhance recruitment opportunities with a range of agencies that support schools.

It will further the careers of Special Education Teachers, enabling them to perform a co-ordinating and managerial role in relation to provision for pupils with Additional Educational Needs in schools.

It will enable SET teachers to apply for national and regional roles within the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), including, but not confined to, the roles of Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) and Visiting Teachers providing consultative services to schools.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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