MEd in Special Education
Distance Learning

MEd in Special Education

MEd in Special Education
Distance Learning

MEd in Special Education

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Duration18 months

Fees
€5,940 for whole program

LanguageGreek

CampusN/A

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Qualification Awarded Master (MEd) in Special Education
Level Of Qualification Master (2nd Cycle Degree)
Offered by Department of Education
Mode of Study Distance Learning

Upon program completion, students are expected to be able to understand and critically reflect on a broad spectrum of subjects relating to special and inclusive education.

More specifically, students are expected to:
1. Familiarize themselves with issues, theoretical approaches and definitions relating to special and inclusive education, e.g., different models of understanding disability, the historical evolution of the field of special education, as well as educational issues, such as inclusive education, and differentiation in teaching and learning.
2. Understand the theoretical models of special and inclusive education and be able to critically analyze the various methods and psycho-pedagogical techniques used in the classroom to promote effective and successful learning for all students.
3. Understand the basic principles underlying human development in key areas during infancy, early childhood, schooling and adolescence. In addition, understand the interaction between genetic and environmental factors during development.
4. Explain possible deviations from the typical course of development; understand the main issues of psychopathology of the child.
5. Understand and perform successful assessment methods, in order to identify different types of disabilities and/ or SEN.
6. Describe and effectively apply ways, in which they can support students in an inclusive school environment.
7. Have an excellent knowledge of the types of SEN, including knowledge of causes and factors related to each disability and/ or SEN etc., of the diagnostic criteria, with an emphasis on the impact of SEN in students’ behavior and learning profiles.
8. Understand basic methods of planning, conducting and discussing research and, in particular, educational research on Special Education.
9. Be able to design qualitative and/or quantitative research on issues related to special and inclusive education.

The design of the postgraduate program aims at providing educators with the appropriate theoretical background based on the latest research findings and practical knowledge and skills, in order to become efficient scientists so that they cope with the increasing challenges of the teaching profession.

The graduates of the program possess all the necessary knowledge and skills required for the design and delivery of effective instruction to address different student profiles.

Additionally, graduates holding the MEd in Special Education could be employed as Special Educators in public and private schools (depending on their first degree) hence increasing their employability opportunities.

Subsequently, graduates of the program can work as educators at all levels of public and private education (depending on their first degree) or be employed in other public services, in organization/institutions that offer educational programs, semi-government organizations and private enterprises.

Moreover, they can pursue further postgraduate studies at doctoral level.
Admission process
The admission requirements are specified in the General Student Regulations as well as in the Frederick University Studies Regulation.

An undergraduate degree from a recognized university or the equivalent international qualification or an acceptable professional qualification is considered the main academic requirement.
Additionally, very good knowledge of Greek and English is extremely important. Advantage is considered the demonstration of satisfactory knowledge of English language (suitable qualifications may include TOEFL, IELTS, GCSE, IGCSE, and Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or equivalent).

Prospective students are expected to submit their application and all related documents, such as copies of their degrees, transcripts, two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in the workplace and a research interest report. Where the Evaluation Program Committee deems necessary, the candidates may be asked for an interview meeting.
By the expiry of the application deadline for admission to the program, the Evaluation Program Committee will evaluate prospective students based on specific criteria, such as academic records, recommendation letters, digital literacy, research interests, interview, work experience, knowledge of Greek and / or English etc. The committee decisions are announced by electronic mail or otherwise to all candidates.

General Criteria for Distance Learning
All Distance Learning Programmes are offered by means of E-Learning methods. Therefore, students applying to enter DL Programmes, additionally to the academic requirements of each programme, must have a good level of digital literacy:

The list of prerequisite digital literacy and equipment that the student should have available in order to participate and be an active member of the program include:

  1. Access to reliable broadband internet
  2. Computer with camera and microphone capacity
  3. Ability to send and receive emails and files
  4. Ability to operate within a web digital environment such as the learning platform
  5. Ability to manage word-processing, presentation and other basic office application functions.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
i. The performance of students is judged through a wide range of assessment modalities such as exams, written work, e-portfolios, presentations, etc. The course grading will be based on the official scale (0-100). Students failing in one course (under grade 50) will be given a second chance for examination without repeating the course. If fail second time, in case of electives, they can choose another course.
ii. The Master’s thesis can only be undertaken when all necessary compulsory courses have been successfully completed.

Graduation Requirements
Students complete the program and obtain a Master in Special Education after successfully completing 90 ECTS (or 110 ECTS with an internship) as shown by the structure of the program. The graduation of the student assumes that the total weighted average of the student's score is greater than 5.00 / 10.00.
In cases where the total weighted average of the student's score is less than 5.00 / 10.00, the student must enroll and successfully complete additional courses or repeat his / her studies in certain courses to improve the overall weighted average grade.

Access to Further Studies
The graduates of the Program have access to doctoral programmes (3rd Cycle) in relevant disciplines.
Module Group
ECTS

The student must successfully complete 50 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1DLSPEN501SPECIAL AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION103
2DLSPEN502STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS103
3DLSPEN503RESEARCH METHODOLOGY103
4DLSPEN504TEACHING STRATEGIES IN SPECIAL AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION103
5DLSPEN505EVALUATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION103
6DLSPEN514APOSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION I 103
7DLSPEN514BPOSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION ΙΙ203

The student must successfully complete 40 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1DLSPEN506SENSORY DISABILITIES 103
2DLSPEN507LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AND BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS103
3DLSPEN508CURRENT TRENDS IN SPECIAL AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION103
4DLSPEN509INTERCULTURAL PRACTICES AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION103
5DLSPEN510MUSIC IN SPECIAL EDUCATION103
6DLSPEN511ART AS A THERAPEUTIC TOOL IN SPECIAL EDUCATION103
7DLSPEN512DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY103
8DLSPEN513CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, ADULT WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: FROM SCHOOL TO SOCIETY103

The student must successfully complete 20 ECTS, from the following list of modules:

No.CodeNameECTSHours / week
1DLSPEN515APRACTICUM I103
2DLSPEN515BPRACTICUM II103
Total
90
Semesters
ECTS
No.CodeNameECTS
1DLSPEN501SPECIAL AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION10
2DLSPEN502STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS10
3DLSPEN503RESEARCH METHODOLOGY10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1DLSPEN504TEACHING STRATEGIES IN SPECIAL AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION10
2DLSPEN505EVALUATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION10
3SPECIAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1SPECIAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE10
2SPECIAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE10
3SPECIAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE10
TOTAL30
No.CodeNameECTS
1DLSPEN515APRACTICUM I10
2DLSPEN515BPRACTICUM II10
TOTAL30


 

 
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