The Masters in Special Educational Needs (MSEN) is a blended programme open to qualified experienced teachers working in primary and post-primary schools, in special schools or classes or in other recognised educational centres. The aim of the MSEN 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 learning difficulties or special educational needs.
Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised 60 credit postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support, inclusive or 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.
Year Two Entry
Successful applicants who have completed a recognised postgraduate diploma programme of continuing professional development for teachers involved in learning support, inclusive or special education 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 also 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.
Applicants should note that they will be required to submit two formative assessment requirements at the end of August and so will need to be in a position to factor in some time during the Summer vacation for the completion of these requirements.
In 2019/20, Year two will commence with a Summer School from 1st to 5th July 2019 at the Institute of Education, DCU St. Patrick's Campus, Drumcondra. If an applicant is not able to attend all days of the Summer School it may be possible to complete some of this element remotely.
In 2019/20 face-to-face lectures are likely to take place on Saturday 21st September and Saturday 7th December (both dates to be confirmed).
These normally take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between September and November. A small number of online sessions will be scheduled in semester 2.
Year One Entry
Successful applicants entering the MSEN from the DCU accredited Professional Diploma in Special and Inclusive Education will complete 90 credits over two academic years, 30 credits in Year One and 60 credits in Year Two
In year one, they will complete three modules delivered entirely online. SI804: Assessment and Planning for Special and Inclusive Education (SIE) involves the diagnostic assessment of a child/young person, reporting and the preparation of an individual education plan. Modules SI805: Planning for Learning and SI806: Teaching and Learning for SIE involve one formative and one graded assessment of teaching and planning in the course participant's own school/college.
Candidates who have successfully completed the requirements of Year 1 will then progress to Year Two which is likely to begin with a Summer School between Wednesday 1st July and Tuesday 7th July 2020.
In order to participate in both years of 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.
Dublin City University is widely recognised as a dynamic and innovative institution that is distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. Excellence in education and research activities has led to DCU's ranking in the top 1.5% of universities globally. In a foreword to the Strategic Plan, 2017-2022 Talent, Discovery and Transformation, Chancellor Dr. Martin McAleese notes that DCU's "responsibility to the coming generations is realised in the massive investment we have made in creating Ireland's first Faculty of Education. Our graduate teachers will be world-class and their pupils will receive the gift of a wonderful life-enhancing education, the single most important basic investment any society can make"
The DCU Institute of Education is the newest faculty of Dublin City University. Established through the incorporation of St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Church of Ireland College of Education and the DCU School of Education Studies, With a staff of more than 125 full-time academics and a student body in excess of 4,000, DCU Institute of Education is a recognised centre of excellence in teacher education nationally and internationally, and has a distinguished record in providing continuing professional development offering a range of taught and research programmes to masters and doctoral level.
DCU facilities at St Patrick's Campus are first class. Online learning facilities draw from the most up-to-date technologies whilst employing innovative teaching and learning methods. Students have access to two extensive libraries that include a vast array of educational resources and diverse study spaces for both collaborative and independent work. Remote access to journals and Ebooks enable and enhance study at a distance.