Overview

Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (Registered as a full time course)

 

Course Description
 

The Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (MA SEN) takes on a weekday 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 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 Format

 

The MA SEN programme is registered as a full-time course with the Committee for Private Education (CPE) and will take three years to complete. The programme comprises of four taught modules and one dissertation module. Each taught module will be delivered in a block of five full weekdays (30 hours), via in-class lectures. 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 module delivery, students are expected to engage in independent study of their assignment, with the help of formative feedback provided by the lecturer.

 

Upcoming Preview

 

To be advised.

 

Intakes

 

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

 

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 taught module will be delivered in a block of five full weekdays (30 hours), 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

 

Module Code Module Title Delivery Period^ Time Assignment Hand In Date Return Date
F107633DA

SpLD: Specific Learning Difficulties

Block: 12 - 16 March 2018

9.30am - 4.30pm

1 May 2018 Jun 2018
F101447DA Dissertation*

12, 13 March 2018

9.30am - 4.30pm

May 2019 or

Sept 2019

Jul 2019 or

Nov 2019

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

9.30am - 4.30pm

28 Jul 2018 Sept 2018
F107618DA RM: Research Methodology 3 - 7 Sept 2018

9.30am - 4.30pm

28 Dec 2018 Feb 2019
F101444DA ULDD: Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities 19 - 23 Nov 2018

9.30am - 4.30pm

10 Jan 2019 Feb 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

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