Overview

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (MA SEN)

Application Fee: $107 (inclusive of GST)

 

The MA SEN application period is now opened for the May 2017 Intake.
The application period will be 27 March to 24 April. 

 

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 programme and will take three to five 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.

 

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

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. Fees are billed on a per module basis. Fees for each module must be paid 10 working days before the commencement of each module.

 

A late payment fee of 1.5% per month will be applicable on the outstanding course fee, if payment is not made by the scheduled due dates.

Number of moduleQualificationFees
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*

**Fees indicated are applicable for successful completion of modules at first attempt and module fees will be chargeable again for re-takes.

 

*Note: All fees are subjected to change annually. The fees above have been updated and are accurate as of 2 Jun 2016. For more information about the programme, please contact our academic services team.

  • 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 (MA SEN) 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 (MA SEN) 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.

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 Code Module Title Delivery Period^ Time Assignment Hand In Date Return Date
F107622DA

MSC: Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with SEN (ADHD, CAMH, SEBD)

Block (full days): 29 - 31 May; 1 & 3 June 2017

9.30am – 4.30pm 7 July 2017 Aug 2017
F101444DA

ULDD: Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

Weekly (Wed): 30 Aug - 25 Oct 2017

Wed: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Sat (7 Oct): 1.30pm - 4.30pm

16 Nov 2017 Jan 2018
F107618DA

RM: Research Methodology

Weekly (Thurs): 30 Aug - 26 Oct 2017

Thurs: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Sat (7 Oct): 9.30am - 12.30pm

5 Jan 2018 Feb 2018
F107618DA
SpLD: Specific Learning Difficulties

Block: 12 - 18 Mar 2018

9.30am – 4.30pm

14 May 2018 June 2018
F101447DA Dissertation * 12, 13 Mar 2018

9.30am – 4.30pm

May 2019 or Sept 2019 July 2019 or Nov 2019

 

*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 a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years.

 

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)

 

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