Who should Apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
Vision & Values Statement
The Masters Degree in Education (Inclusive Education) is a postgraduate degree programme which is designed for professionals involved in the education and care of persons with disabilities and additional needs.
The general purpose of the programme is to develop and enhance participants' knowledge and awareness of new approaches in the discourse, policy and best practice for persons with additional needs/disabilities, whether in mainstream, special education, clinical or other settings. The specific aim of the course is to prepare teachers and other professionals to work with a diversity of students in the most inclusive and least restrictive environments.
The core defining characteristic of the M.Ed.(Inclusive Education) is that it is multidisciplinary in its approach to the education and care of children and youth. The multidisciplinary nature of the programme is unique among higher degree programmes in additional support in Ireland and is defined by and reflected in research-informed inputs from practicing professionals in their respective fields. External contributions to the programme include inputs from expert practitioners working in a variety of professional settings such as the HSE, NEPS and the SESS. This multidisciplinary emphasis reflects current and accelerating changes in the legal, political, educational, medical, therapeutic and organisational contexts of additional needs provision, both nationally and internationally.
The M.Ed.Inclusive Education offers students a supported learning environment in which they are encouraged to become active, autonomous learners and critical thinkers who will be agents of personal and systemic change. In order to facilitate participative and transformative learning experiences and develop knowledge, skills and expertise, a variety of inclusive pedagogical and assessment practices including lectures, tutorials, collaborative group-work presentations and problem-based learning approaches are employed. The programme uses varied learning and assessment approaches which include: policy analysis, development, group presentations and group and individual assignments. It is confidently expected that its graduates will make a significant contribution to essential developments in policy, structure and provision of inclusive educational systems.
Critique contemporary international and national discourses and paradigms in inclusive education and models of educational provision for pupils with disabilities. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the aetiology, characteristics and diagnostic procedures associated with key disabilities