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Inclusive Practice in Education
Postgraduate course
MA

Inclusive Practice in Education

International Scholarships available

Overview

All learners, including those with special educational needs (SEN), have the same rights and are of equal worth. This course will develop your expertise so that you are able to shape your teaching and learning practices to meet the needs of all your pupils.

You will explore pedagogical approaches used in both mainstream schools and in SEN settings, and you will begin to develop inclusive teaching strategies to address the needs of students from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of abilities and learning styles. As you start to recognise the different needs of each child and champion and value the diversity of the whole classroom, you will begin to see a difference in the progress of all your pupils and not only those with SEN.

Working with fellow practitioners studying the course, you will have the opportunity to share best practice in terms of inclusion, which you will then be able to apply to your own educational setting. Through the application of inclusive practices, you could help to foster a culture of acceptance, respect and belonging among your colleagues and within your institution.

You will be taught by academic staff who have conducted extensive research in the field of inclusive pedagogy. The course team includes Dr Mhairi Beaton, whose research interests centre on a combination of inclusion, student voice and teacher education; Professor Jonathan Glazzard, a National Teaching Fellow; and Marc Turu-Porcel, a teacher and educational psychologist.

Research seminars conducted online will provide opportunities to learn collaboratively with peers drawn from different educational contexts around the world. Guest lectures and networking events will further refine your knowledge, allowing you to learn from researchers and people working in the field – online guest speaker sessions will include representatives from The National Autistic Society and Scottish Autism, dyslexia organisations, parents and experienced practitioners. These professional insights will be supplemented by first-hand accounts of the educational experiences of young learners and their parents or guardians.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Distance learning option
  • Part-time study available
  • Expert careers service
Transforming mental health in schools: "The work we do ensures that mental health difficulties at school do not stand in the way of a young person's success in the future." - Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Carnegie School of Education

Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements


Applicants should either have a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Inclusive Practice in Education

Careers

Teaching and learning

 
Dissertation

Autism & Learning

Literacy Difficulties & Dyslexia

Research Methods

Inclusive Pedagogy

Participation & Learning

Mhairi Beaton
Dr Mhairi Beaton
Senior Lecturer
Prior to joining Leeds Beckett, Mhairi worked as a primary school teacher in Scotland. After completing her masters, she achieved chartered teacher status through the General Teaching Council for Scotland and went on to teach the masters in autism and learning programme at the University of Aberdeen. She also developed and led a masters course in inclusive practice course during her time there. Mhairi has been involved in a number of externally funded research projects, focusing on teacher education and inclusion. Her work has an international reach – she has delivered keynote speeches at international conferences and has worked with stakeholder groups, including governmental work, around the world.
One of the most challenging aspects of working as a teacher today is providing learning opportunities for the diverse range of pupils in our classrooms. This course will provide participants with opportunities to read the latest research about inclusive practices and try out small-scale interventions in their classrooms to meet this need. One of the key elements of the course will be the opportunity to share with like-minded colleagues in similar situations during the seminar sessions.

Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £661.20 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33.06. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation. See further information on financing your studies.
Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £661.20 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33.06. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Headingley Campus Library
    Headingley Campus Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing round-the-clock access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Location

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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