Overview

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs / Additional Learning Needs

 

Course Description
 

The Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs/ Additional Learning Needs (MA SEN/ALN) takes on a block delivery format and has been designed to provide for the continuous professional, academic and personal development of participants who are drawn from a range of backgrounds which are related to the field of Education. Course participants include teachers and leaders in schools, allied educators and parents and caregivers who work with children with a range of special educational needs (SEN).

 

Having its foundation in the professional and established SEN framework from the University of South Wales, the MA SEN/ALN programme in Singapore is further supplemented with local perspectives and practices to ensure its relevance for the local context. This is a programme that brings together high quality evidence-based SEN practices from the East and the West.

 

The programme provides access to a coherent framework of professional development in the area of SEN and encourages the effective synthesis of theoretical and practical knowledge. The intellectually rigorous context allows practitioners to progress to the next level of professional development by developing their skills of communication, analysis and research in the field of SEN at Master’s level.

 

Programme Structure
 

The MA SEN/ALN is registered as a full-time course with the Committee for Private Education (CPE). It takes on a block delivery format and is suitable for working adults.

 

The MA SEN/ALN is a 180-credit programme that allows students to choose their study pathway. Students can either study four taught modules (30 credits each) followed by a dissertation module (60 credits), or five taught modules (30 credits each) followed by a dissertation module (30 credits).

 

Students are expected to complete the MA SEN/ALN in 36 months. Students who do not complete the MA SEN/ALN are eligible for awards at two other exit points.

 

Teaching and Delivery

 

Each of the taught modules will be delivered in block format (5 full days) during the MOE school holidays, via in-class lectures. Each taught module comprises of at least 30 lecture hours. The lectures will be delivered by lecturers from DAS Academy with guest lecturers from the University of South Wales (UK) and local expert practitioners.

 

Assessment

 

Typical final module assignments include essays, critiques, written proposals and oral presentations.

 

Upcoming Preview

 

Sat, 8 Sept 2018, 10.30am to 12pm. Please click here to register.

 

Intakes

 

Students can enter the course at the start of any of the first 3 modules. (See Programme Structure)

 

Current Application Period

 

14 March to 25 Apr 2018.

 

Upcoming Application Period

 

Sept 2018.

 

Teacher-Student Ratio

 

This programme has a student-teacher ratio of 1:35.

 

More Information

 

Information about the MA SEN/ALN such as Module information, Programme Calender and Entry Criteria can be found in the tabs above.

 

Students and graduates of the MA SEN programme have enjoyed the curriculum and praised delivery of the content. Click here to read what they say!



Fees

COURSE FEE  EXIT AWARD FEES
2 Modules Qualification: Postgraduate Certificate Fees: $9,000
4 Modules  Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma  Fees: $18,000 
4 Modules + Dissertation  Qualification: Master of Arts Fees: $27,000

 

Non-refundable Application Fee: $107 (inclusive of GST) 
Late Payment Fee: $32.10 (inclusive of GST)
 
  • Module fees is inclusive of one reassessment opportunity. Module fees will be chargeable again for re-take of module.
  • All fees are subjected to change annually. The fees above have been updated and are accurate as of 2 Jun 2016.
  • All fees listed are in Singapore dollars (S$) and are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST payable is based on the prevailing rate (currently 7%) and is subject to the change.

 

 

  • EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM

    Building on the established Special Educational Needs (SEN) framework from the University of South Wales, the programme is imbued with local perspectives to ensure relevance in the Singaporean context.

     

    Students will appreciate learning the theory from a fusion of Eastern and Westen SEN practices. The intellectually rigorous context allows practioners to develop their skills of communication, critical thinking and research in the field of SEN at the Master's level.

     

    The Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs/Additional Learning Needs (MA SEN/ALN) will provide a huge boost in academic and professional development for teachers, allied educators, parents and anyone looking to further their knowledge in supporting individuals with special learning needs.

  • EXPERIENCED LECTURERS

    With more than 10 years of practical experience each, DAS Academy lecturers share their experiences in suppporting children with learning differences.

     

    Lecturers from the University of South Wales (UK) will also visit during term-time for each module, ensuring that students receive a balanced view of their syllabus from both local and international perspectives.

  • INTERACTIVE & COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

    Lesson formats engages students by having lively discussions and outside perspectives by guest lecturers will make for an enriching classroom experience for everyone.

     

    The Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs/Additional Learning Needs (MA SEN/ALN) programme utilises a variety of classroom styles to provide the best learning environment for our students. These styles include: lecture-style teaching, group discussions, sharing sessions as well as invited guest lecturers who will share about their experiences in supporting individuals with special educational needs.

     

    At the end of the taught lectures, students are expected to engage in independent study and to initiate contact with their lecturers to maintain the momentum of learning.

About the University of South Wales, UK

The University of South Wales is one of Britain’s most exciting universities and a major player in higher education.

 

The University’s established partnerships mean that you will be a University student and get a higher-level qualification from a recognised institution, but study in your own country.

 

Our links with industry and business are hard to beat. We work with world-leaders such as Microsoft and British Airways to inform our courses. This means they are based on what happens in the real world and offer excellent graduate prospects.

 

For further information about the university, please visit www.southwales.ac.uk

 

DAS Academy is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales.

Programme Structure

The MA SEN/ALN is a 180-credit programme which allows students to choose their study pathway. Students can take either of these pathways: 
 
1. Study four taught modules (30 credits each) followed by a dissertation module (60 credits)
 
2. Study five taught modules (30 credits each) followed by a dissertation module (30 credits)
 
Students who successfully complete 180 credits will graduate with a Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs/ Additional Learning Needs (MA SEN/ALN) awarded by the University of South Wales (UK). 
 
Exit awards are available for students who complete less than 180 credits. Exit awards are available at the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels. Please refer to the illustration below. 
 

 

MASEN ALN programme structure 2018

Modules

Each module (except Dissertation) will be delivered in block format (5 full days) during the MOE school holidays, via in-class lectures. In-class lectures will include a variety of teaching methods such as group discussions, case study discussions and presentations. The lectures are conducted by local lecturers, occasionally joined by visiting lecturers from University of South Wales (UK) and local expert practitioners. At the end of the taught lectures, students are expected to engage in independent study of their assignment and to continue discussion with their lecturers to maintain the momentum of learning.

 

Module Description

Please click here to learn more about the modules. 

 

Upcoming modules

Please click on table to expand.

MASEN ALN modules table 2018

 

Module Descriptions are on the blue section below this text. Please swipe left and right to view information for each module.

  • Module 1

    SEN/ALN: Context and Concepts

    This module covers the most common learning difficulties and disabilities encountered in a mainstream educational setting. An appreciation of the difficulties is the first step towards making a positive contribution to inclusive education. The module discusses the changing perceptions of SEN and the practice of inclusive education in the context of the local landscape, with reference to international practices.

    DAS Academy Faculty

    June Siew

    Head of DAS Academy

    DAS Academy Faculty

    Sylvia Foo

    Senior Lecturer, DAS Academy

  • Module 2

    Dyslexia: Theory and Assessment (ATS)

    The module addresses the aetiologies, manifestations and implications of dyslexia and co-occuring specific learning difficulties (SpLD), including their complexity and diversity. It focuses on the identification and assessment of students with SpLD and the use of this assessment data to design relevant programmes of intervention. Besides focusing on specific difficulties in literacy and numeracy, it will also cover the wider spectrum of potentially associated conditions e.g. Dyspraxia, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome, demonstrating clearly the inter-relatedness of many aspects of SEN covered in the MA SEN/ALN programme.

    University of South Wales Faculty

    Amanda Jane Kelland

    Senior Lecturer

    DAS Academy Faculty

    June Siew

    Head of DAS Academy

  • Module 3

    Managing and Supporting CAMH and SEBD

    This module focuses on approaches to supporting and managing individuals and groups of children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) difficulties and/or social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). The module addresses the aetiologies, manifestations and implications of a range of difficulties, including their complexity, diversity and potential for co-occurrence.

    DAS Academy Faculty

    June Siew

    Head of DAS Academy

    DAS Academy Faculty

    Priscillia Shen

    Assistant Head, DAS Academy

  • Module 4

    Working with Dyslexia: Linking Theory, Assessment and Practice (ATS)

    This module enables students to develop a specialist evidence based intervention programme at the individual level, based on a dyslexic learner’s assessment data. This module introduces students to a range of skills, knowledge and tools, including ICT, to facilitate supporting, advising and assisting colleagues to formulate and enact appropriate responses to the needs of learners with dyslexia.

    University of South Wales

    Amanda Jane Kelland

    Senior Lecturer

    DAS Academy Faculty

    Siti Mariam

    Adjunct Lecturer, DAS Academy

  • Module 5

    Research Methodology

    This module provides an introduction to research methods in preparation for the MA SEN/ALN dissertation. It will familiarise you with the basic processes of conducting research, including general methodological approaches as well as research ethics. Assessment will consist of a critique of a research article and an outline plan for a research project, which may form the basis for the dissertation.

    University of South Wales Faculty

    Shirley Egley

    Director, MA Progrmmes (HALL)

    DAS Academy Faculty

    Priscillia Shen

    Assistant Head, DAS Academy

  • Module 6

    Dissertation

    ED4U008
    DISSERTATION (30 credits)
    In this 7,500-word dissertation you are required to bring together what you have learnt and what has inspired you from the previous modules and produce a substantial piece of individual work that shows critical thinking and good research skills. It is important from the beginning of the MA SEN/ALN programme to think about possible projects for your Dissertation. The Dissertation is your own personal study and is the main goal of the MA SEN/ALN programme.

    University of South Wales Faculty

    Shirley Egley

    Director, MA Progrmmes (HALL)

    DAS Academy Faculty

    June Siew

    Head of DAS Academy

  • Module 7

    Dissertation

    ED4T002
    DISSERTATION (60 credits)
    In this 15,000-word dissertation you are required to bring together what you have learnt and what has inspired you from the previous modules and produce a substantial piece of individual work that shows critical thinking and good research skills. It is important from the beginning of the MA SEN/ALN programme to think about possible projects for your Dissertation. The Dissertation is your own personal study and is the main goal of the MA SEN/ALN programme.

    University of South Wales Faculty

    Shirley Egley

    Director, MA Progrmmes (HALL)

    DAS Academy Faculty

    June Siew

    Head of DAS Academy

Entry Requirement

  • A good Bachelor's degree in any field from a recognised university
  • A minimum of C6 pass in English as First Language at 'O' Level ; OR 
  • Able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equilvalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band)
  • Minimum age: 21 years old

 

If you do not possess a Bachelor's degree, but have achieved relevant working experience in the field, you may apply through the alternative entry process. 

 

Alternative Entry Route

 

  • 30 years of age with 8 years of relevant working experience
  • Obtained a minimum of C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE 'O' Levels OR
  • Able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band)

 

Ths application has to be made online. Please click on the "Apply Now" button on the right.

 

For more details, please call us at 6336 2555 or email info@dasacademy.edu.sg