Special Educational Needs - Autism - Sligo St. Angela's

ATU - Sligo St. Angela's

Special Educational Needs - Autism - Sligo St. Angela's

Programme Overview
This MA in Special Educational Needs - Autism, offers a level 9 qualification for all professionals interested in Autism.

Research methods are critical to successful study at MA level and will incorporate problem-solving activities, action research in professional contexts and the opportunity to link theory and practice in general and in terms of the execution of coursework. Participants accepted onto the Masters stage of the programme will have achieved an increased level of competence and confidence within the Special Educational Needs (Autism) pathway. They will also be looking forward to choosing the area of study for their MA dissertation and beginning to reflect on possible research methodologies for their dissertation. The Advanced Research Module (15 ECTs) will provide students with the opportunity to make and implement informed choices regarding professionally relevant areas of research for their dissertation and to do this with the guidance and support of tutors and peers. Lectures will take place online with some face-to-face sessions during September and October. Students use the remainder of the year to carry out research and draft material for their MA Dissertation.

The final dissertation will be a maximum of 20,000 words and the topic chosen by the participant must be related to the Special Educational Needs (Autism ) pathway.

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Programme Outline
This MA is considered stage two with a Postgraduate Diploma being completed in stage one, leading to preparation for and completion of a Masters level dissertation.

Stage Two Modules:
- Advanced Research (Core)
- Dissertation (Core)

Participants are required to attend a mix of face-to-face sessions and online lectures between September and November with a further workshop scheduled to take place in January. At the end of the series of lectures students will be required to submit a Dissertation Proposal in November. A tutor will be assigned to you and once your proposal has been deemed successful you can progress on to the dissertation stage.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an award of H2.2 or higher in the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Special Educational Needs - Autism in order to be considered for this MA.

Application dates

The application process will open soon for Autumn 2023.


1 year part-time.

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Career Opportunities
The Masters of Arts in Special Educational Needs - Autism qualification enables graduates to acquire an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the autism community. Graduates of the MA in SEN-Autism become advocates for change within schools, other educational settings, and the broader education community by promoting and leading inclusive pedagogy through innovative evidence-informed practice underpinned by a research culture in autism. Many graduates of the MA in SEN-Autism have taken on leadership and professional development roles within various educational contexts.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime

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