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Advanced Educational Practice: Special Educational Needs

Learn to develop and manage inclusive special needs provision on this flexible Advanced Educational Practice: Special Educational Needs Masters course from Liverpool John Moores University.

• Study part time over three years on a course designed to support effective practice in the classroom
• Develop your professional practice through an inquiry based approach
• Enjoy flexible course delivery and fit studying around your work commitments
• Follow a curriculum closely linked to your professional practice needs

We recognise that our students are busy professionals and have taken this into account in the design of our programmes and assessments. Study on this programme is on a part time basis, enabling you to integrate your learning with your full time professional role.

The course is delivered around school/college term times, with 20 credits being studied per term for the first two years.

During your first year you will study three compulsory (core) modules specializing in key teaching and learning themes. Your second year will involve the selection of two optional modules from an identified suite, and the core module in Researching Professional Practice. Your final year will involve 60 credits of research-based study through completion of the Dissertation or Professional Enquiry modules.

University-based study includes taught sessions scheduled late afternoon (4pm to 7pm) and occasional conference style days scheduled on Saturdays.A blended learning approach ensures you can usually study at a time to suit you and all modules are supported by online study resources with additional guidance available through face-to-face or virtual tutorials.To keep on top of your study, you should be prepared to work between five and 10 hours per week (evenings and weekends). The practical applications of the course will involve the integration of study with your professional activity in school or college.

During your studies you will have access to LJMU learning resources including our libraries for independent study. You will be allocated a personal tutor to support your academic and professional development and will also receive guidance via email.

Taught sessions mostly take place at the IM Marsh campus, four miles outside Liverpool centre, although some sessions may take place in the city.

The IM Marsh campus has independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library with relevant stock and study spaces, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities, a cafeteria and shop.

The campus library, open 8am to 11pm, houses the main collections linked to this course and you will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the MA Advanced Educational Practice pathways are:

  • An honours degree (or its equivalent) in any subject
  • Current employment as an educational practitioner

Applications are welcome from practitioners who may hold alternate qualifications, such as Certificate in Education (Post-16), with appropriate professional experience.

If your first language is not English, you will also need an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum of Level 6 in reading and writing).

Application and selection

Applications are invited from all working in the education sector. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the Programme Leader and, as such, we welcome enquiries from potential applicants who do not meet standard criteria but who feel their professional experience would enable them to succeed on the programme.

Please note: A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students needing to visit locations outside of their own workplace where there is access to children.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Year 1

Teaching Young People with Special Educational Needs (Core)

Develops understanding of special educational needs and disability through engagement with current theory, research, policy and practice and their application.

Social Emotional and Mental Health Dificulties (Core)

Explores current educational theory, research and policy relating to SEMHD and the implications for professional setting.

Specific learning Dificulties (Core)

Investigates current educational theory, research and policy relating to ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and the implications for professional practice.

Year 2

Researching Professional Practice (Core)

Provides an introduction to a range of research methods applicable to educational contexts, with a focus on practitioner enquiry, and how to develop a research project proposal and plan.

Developing Practice in Special Educational Needs (Option)

Explores the influences on the development and implementation of SEND policy in the education system and the implications for schools in the implementation of effective responses to policy in their organisation.

Identifying Dyslexia (Option)

Develops knowledge and understanding of the characteristics, complex nature and issues related to the identification of dyslexia.

Teaching Learners with Dyslexia (Option)

Provides opportunities for educational professionals to engage with research relating to the teaching of learners and to develop their own critical professional practice, in relation to learners with dyslexia.

Interventions for Learners with Dyslexia (Option)

Enables practitioners to explore issues relating to effective intervention for learners with dyslexia, and investigates a range of multisensory literacy programmes.

The Autistic Spectrum (Option)

Investigates current research relating to the features of the Autistic Spectrum and explores its implications for practice.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder: From Theory to Practice (Option)

Considers current research regarding the causal theories of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and develops a deeper understanding of effective support techniques and interventions used nationally and internationally.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the mainstream context (Option)

Develops critical professional practice in supporting learners with ASD through analysis of and engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice and its implications for your professional setting.

Year 3

Dissertation (Option)

Involves the development and implementation of a major research project relevant to your subject area, with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Professional Inquiry (Option)

Involves the development and implementation of several linked practice-based research projects relevant to professional practice in your subject area, with the support of an experienced academic tutor.

Assessment methods

All assessments are closely linked to school and college-based practice and involve the completion of reports, small scale practice-based research projects, presentations, and critical reflections on professional practice.

As a practice-based programme there is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting.

Assessments are also linked to school and college-based practice and involve the completion of reports, small scale practice-based research projects, presentations, critical reflections and a professional portfolio.


All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 GBP 35 (Credit) Home/EU 3 Years

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