Overview

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (Part-Time)

 

Course Description
 
The Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (MA SEN) 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 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.


The MA SEN programme is a part-time course and will take three years to complete. Each module will be delivered within a period of nine weeks, via weekly in-class lectures and tutorials. A variety of methods such as group work, group discussions and seminars, and sharing from expert practitioners and speakers will also be utilised during the in-class lectures. At the end of the module delivery, students are expected to engage in independent study and to initiate contact with their lecturers to discuss the focus of their assignment.

 

Upcoming Preview

 

1 November 2017, 7.00pm

Please click here to sign up.

 

Intakes

 

Students can enter the course at the start of any of the first 3 modules.

 

Application Period

 

1 November to 29 December 2017.

 

Teacher-Student Ratio

 

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

 

More Information

 

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

 

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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

MA SEN Programme  Structure

Modules

Each module comprises of 30 lecture hours and either takes on a once-a-week evening delivery or five full days. Lectures will be jointly delivered by University of South Wales and DAS Academy. A variety of methods such as group work, group discussions and seminars, and sharing from expert practitioners and speakers will also be utilised during the in-class lecturers. At the end of the taught lectures, students are expected to engage in independent student and to initiate contact with their lecturers to maintain the momentum of learning.

 

Module Description

Please click here to learn more about the modules. 

 

Upcoming modules

 

Module No. Module Code Module Title Delivery Period^ Time Assignment Hand In Date Return Date
1 F101444DA

ULDD: Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

Weekly (Wed):30 Aug – 1 Nov 2017

Wed: 6.30 – 9. 30 p.m.

Sat (7 Oct): 1.30 – 4.30 p.m.

16 Nov 2017 Jan 2018
2 F107618DA

RM: Research Methodology

Weekly (Thurs): 31 Aug – 2 Nov 2017

Thurs: 6.30 – 9. 30 p.m.

Sat (7 Oct): 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

5 Jan 2018 Feb 2018
3 F107633DA

SpLD: Specific Learning Difficulties

Block: 12 – 16 March 2018

9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

1 May 2018 Jun 2018
4 F101447DA
Dissertation*

12, 13 March 2018

9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m

May 2019 or

Sept 2019

Jul 2019 or

Nov 2019

5 F107622DA MSC: Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD, CAMH, SEBD) Block (full days): 28 – 31 May; 1 Jun 2018

9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

28 Jul 2018 Sept 2018

 

*You may take up to two academic years to complete the dissertation without incurring extra course fees.

^Each module (except the Dissertation Module) has 30 contact hours.

 

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

  • Module 1

    Understanding Learning Difficulties & Disabilities

    This core module covers the most common learning difficulties and disabilities likely to be presented. An appreciation of the difficulties is the first step toward making a positive contribution to development. More specifically understanding disabilities and difficulties in learning can better equip those responsible for making provision to plan for an effective programme of developing the necessary communication skills to enable the child or young person access a broader curriculum.

    University of South Wales Faculty

    Amanda Jane Kelland

    Senior Lecturer

    DAS Academy Faculty

    June Siew

    Head of DAS Academy

  • Module 2

    Specific Learning Difficulties

    The module addresses the aetiologies, manifestations and implications of a range of specific learning difficulties, including their complexity, diversity and potential for co-occurrence. 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 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 Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD/CAMH/SBED)

    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

    Sylvia Foo

    Senior Lecturer, DAS Academy

    DAS Academy Faculty

    Priscillia Shen

    Assistant Head, DAS Academy

  • Module 4

    Research Methodology

    This module provides an introduction to research methods in preparation for the MA 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 5

    Dissertation

    In the 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 programme to think about possible projects for your Dissertation. The Dissertation is your own personal study and is the main goal of the Masters programme.

    University of South Wales Faculty

    Shirley Egley

    Director, MA Progrmmes (HALL)

    DAS Academy Faculty

    June Siew

    Head of DAS Academy

Programme Calendar

The MA SEN is a part-time programme and can be completed in 36 months.

 

 

Aug 2017 Intake: Sequence of Modules

Aug 2017 (weekly) Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Mar 2018 (Block) Specific Learning Difficulties
May/June 2018 (Block) Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD, CAMH, SEBD)
Sept 2018 (Block) Research Methodology
Mar 2019 (Full day induction) Dissertation

 

May 2017 Intake: Sequence of Modules

May 2017 Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD, CAMH, SEBD)
Aug 2017 Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Mar 2018 Specific Learning Difficulties
Sep 2018 Research Methodology
Mar 2019 Dissertation

 

Jan 2017 Intake: Sequence of Modules

Jan 2017 Specific Learning Difficulties
Jun 2017 Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD, CAMH, SEBD) 
Aug 2017 Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Aug 2017 Research Methodology
Mar 2018 Dissertation

 

Jun 2016 Intake: Sequence of Modules

Jun 2016 Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD, CAMH, SEBD)
Aug 2016 Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities 
Jan 2016 Specific Learning Difficulties 
Aug 2017 Research Methodology
Mar 2018 Dissertation

 

Jan 2016 Intake: Sequence of Modules

Jan 2016 Specific Learning Difficulties
Jun 2016 Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD, CAMH, SEBD)
Aug 2016 Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities 
Aug 2016 Research Methodology
Mar 2017 Dissertation

 

Aug 2015 Intake: Sequence of Modules

Aug 2015 Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Jan 2016 Specific Learning Difficulties
Jun 2016 Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD, CAMH, SEBD)
Aug 2016 Research Methodology
Mar 2017 Dissertation

Entry Requirement

  • A good Bachelor's degree from a recognised university and/or other relevant qualifications
  • 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. Such application will be considered on a case-by-case basis, through an interview process.

 

Application can be submitted personally or by post to DAS Academy. For more details, please call us at 6336 2555 or email info@dasacademy.edu.sg