MASTER OF EDUCATION (MEd) INDIVIDUAL SPECIALIST ASSESSMENT, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS & ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS

Entry Year
2020/2021
Entry requirements
2:2 (Hons) degree
Duration
Flexible: normally up to 5 years (No full time options available)
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This FULLY ONLINE M-Level specialist option is for students who wish to develop specialist knowledge in the assessment of literacy difficulties and/or take on a role as an individual specialist assessor for examination access arrangements within their own school. Course participants who are successful in the administration and scoring of the psychometric tests (6) are awarded a competence certificate naming the tests they have successfully administered and scored (Additional fee required). There is also an option to undertake specialist teaching and assessment for AMBDA (Additional fee required). The course is fully online with online live tutorials at intervals throughout the course.

How will I study?

Teaching and learning is delivered fully online via virtual learning activities and classes. Students must ensure they have suitable technology to take part fully in the sessions – a home computer, headphones and microphone, web cam and Wi-Fi speed of at least 512 kbps.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of internationally recognised, research-informed and experienced practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework.

Entitlement

A MEd Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN & Access Arrangements is awarded to students who have completed 180 CAT points at M-level. Students who have accumulated 60 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Full information on Degree outcomes for this pathway can be found here: Degree Outcomes 20/21

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To be awarded an MEd Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN & Access Arrangements, you will need to complete 180 CATs, which will normally comprise the four 30 CAT point taught modules plus a 60 CAT point final dissertation.

Students must ensure that they have access to the relevant psychometric tests for all modules: one from each of the categories of 1) ability, 2) attainment 3) cognitive processing.

Students will be required to work with a pupil one-to-one for the testing in these modules. They must ensure that they will be able to undertake this one-to-one teaching, and have access to a suitable pupil.  More information on test administration and details will be given by the course advisor before commencing the course.

The modules to be studied fully online are:

EDC9097

EDUCATIONAL TESTING (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2020

Competence in educational testing is a key focus of government policy. This practitioner-focused module examines theories of intelligence and the psychometric assessment of ability, attainment and cognitive processing. As part of the module, students are required to submit filmed test administration sessions demonstrating their own practice in the administration and scoring of 3 high-level psychometric tests. There is an additional fee payable for the for the assessment of practice in test administration and report writing (one assessment) with this module.

EDC9099

SPECIFIC LITERACY DIFFICULTIES, ASSESSMENT AND ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2021

The module aims to develop the student’s expertise in specific literacy difficulties (dyslexia) and test selection, administration, interpretation of results and report writing for submission to examination bodies. Students are required to submit filmed test administration sessions demonstrating their own practice in the administration and scoring of two high-level psychometric tests.

EDC9070

SPECIFIC LITERACY DIFFICULTIES AND CO-OCCURRING DIFFICULTIES: ISSUES FOR ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2020

Up to 50% of individuals with specific literacy difficulties of a dyslexic type have other co-occurring difficulties. This module examines these and the implications for assessment and intervention. Approaches to intervention for children with dyslexic-type difficulties are critically considered for the purposes of making recommendations. Students can opt to submit three filmed test administration sessions (different to those used in previous modules) with supporting documentation demonstrating their own practice in assessing young people with specific literacy difficulties and communicating the assessment findings.

SPECIALIST TEACHING FOR SPLD (DYSLEXIA) (30 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2020 & JANUARY 2021

This module is completed if students wish to exit this programme with a diploma. The modules above must be passed in the first instance. This module involves the administration of high level tests, scoring and data analysis. The analysis and synthesis of a range of evidence from a variety of sources is explored, including psychometric tests to produce professional, accurate reports written in language easily accessible to non-specialists, with due regard to building a positive framework. The current legal and professional issues, rules and regulations relating to SpLDs and access arrangements are also explored in this module. This involves teaching two different children for a total of 32 weeks. There is an additional value added fee with this module. Before enrolling on this module students must ensure that they will be able to assess and teach 2 different children with dyslexic -type difficulties who are educated in a mainsteam school setting.

EDC7024

RESEARCH METHODS (30 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2020 & JANUARY 2021

The Research Methods module must be completed before a student starts their dissertation. The module covers the areas required for effective educational research including; qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques: the quasi experimental approach; psychometric techniques; research method selection; questionnaire design and analysis; research and project preparation; and reporting the findings.

For full programme specification click here 

Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline. Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

Prior Accreditation

The degree recognises and supports existing professional development activities whether these are part of induction, early professional development, threshold assessments or programmes of staff development and performance management. Candidates may also seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements must be made upon enrolment.

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How to Apply

Application for admission to all Masters Programmes should be made by downloading the application form and reference form and returning the completed forms to masters@stran.ac.uk.

The next intake for Masters Study is September 2020. The closing date for applications is Friday 11th September 2020.

Under the current circumstances all applications must be emailed to the address above.

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2020/2021 are:

NI/ EU £1023 (30 CATS) £2047 (60 CATS)

GB £1150 (30 CATS) £2300 (60 CATS)

International £2817  (30 CATS) £5633 (60 CATS)

For further information on tuition fees please contact studentfinance@stran.ac.uk

All completed Masters applications require a payment of a £10 administration fee. Please click here to complete this payment via the Stran Eshop.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 is available to eligible student for postgraduate study at Stranmillis University College: please contact your Education Authority for further loan information. Please note students who are applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan must complete their Master’s study within 3 years. Other payment options are available such as payment in full or direct debit instalment plans Please contact the College Finance Office on studentfinance@stran.ac.uk for further information.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Additional accreditation fees apply on this pathway:

Full information on Degree outcomes and additional value added assessments for this pathway can be found here: Degree Outcomes 20/21

Loans are not available for additional accreditation, however payment in full or direct debit payment options are available.

There may be costs associated with transport and materials for your dissertation research project and additional costs for printing and binding.

Course image

This FULLY ONLINE M-Level specialist option is for students who wish to develop specialist knowledge in the assessment of literacy difficulties and/or take on a role as an individual specialist assessor for examination access arrangements within their own school. Course participants who are successful in the administration and scoring of the psychometric tests (6) are awarded a competence certificate naming the tests they have successfully administered and scored (Additional fee required). There is also an option to undertake specialist teaching and assessment for AMBDA (Additional fee required). The course is fully online with online live tutorials at intervals throughout the course.

How will I study?

Teaching and learning is delivered fully online via virtual learning activities and classes. Students must ensure they have suitable technology to take part fully in the sessions – a home computer, headphones and microphone, web cam and Wi-Fi speed of at least 512 kbps.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught, assessed and supported by an exceptional team of internationally recognised, research-informed and experienced practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed by coursework.

Entitlement

A MEd Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN & Access Arrangements is awarded to students who have completed 180 CAT points at M-level. Students who have accumulated 60 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Certificate and those who have accumulated 120 points may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Full information on Degree outcomes for this pathway can be found here: Degree Outcomes 20/21

Course image

To be awarded an MEd Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN & Access Arrangements, you will need to complete 180 CATs, which will normally comprise the four 30 CAT point taught modules plus a 60 CAT point final dissertation.

Students must ensure that they have access to the relevant psychometric tests for all modules: one from each of the categories of 1) ability, 2) attainment 3) cognitive processing.

Students will be required to work with a pupil one-to-one for the testing in these modules. They must ensure that they will be able to undertake this one-to-one teaching, and have access to a suitable pupil.  More information on test administration and details will be given by the course advisor before commencing the course.

The modules to be studied fully online are:

EDC9097

EDUCATIONAL TESTING (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2020

Competence in educational testing is a key focus of government policy. This practitioner-focused module examines theories of intelligence and the psychometric assessment of ability, attainment and cognitive processing. As part of the module, students are required to submit filmed test administration sessions demonstrating their own practice in the administration and scoring of 3 high-level psychometric tests. There is an additional fee payable for the for the assessment of practice in test administration and report writing (one assessment) with this module.

EDC9099

SPECIFIC LITERACY DIFFICULTIES, ASSESSMENT AND ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS (30 CATS)

JANUARY 2021

The module aims to develop the student’s expertise in specific literacy difficulties (dyslexia) and test selection, administration, interpretation of results and report writing for submission to examination bodies. Students are required to submit filmed test administration sessions demonstrating their own practice in the administration and scoring of two high-level psychometric tests.

EDC9070

SPECIFIC LITERACY DIFFICULTIES AND CO-OCCURRING DIFFICULTIES: ISSUES FOR ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION (30 CATS)

OCTOBER 2020

Up to 50% of individuals with specific literacy difficulties of a dyslexic type have other co-occurring difficulties. This module examines these and the implications for assessment and intervention. Approaches to intervention for children with dyslexic-type difficulties are critically considered for the purposes of making recommendations. Students can opt to submit three filmed test administration sessions (different to those used in previous modules) with supporting documentation demonstrating their own practice in assessing young people with specific literacy difficulties and communicating the assessment findings.

SPECIALIST TEACHING FOR SPLD (DYSLEXIA) (30 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2020 & JANUARY 2021

This module is completed if students wish to exit this programme with a diploma. The modules above must be passed in the first instance. This module involves the administration of high level tests, scoring and data analysis. The analysis and synthesis of a range of evidence from a variety of sources is explored, including psychometric tests to produce professional, accurate reports written in language easily accessible to non-specialists, with due regard to building a positive framework. The current legal and professional issues, rules and regulations relating to SpLDs and access arrangements are also explored in this module. This involves teaching two different children for a total of 32 weeks. There is an additional value added fee with this module. Before enrolling on this module students must ensure that they will be able to assess and teach 2 different children with dyslexic -type difficulties who are educated in a mainsteam school setting.

EDC7024

RESEARCH METHODS (30 CATS)

SEPTEMBER 2020 & JANUARY 2021

The Research Methods module must be completed before a student starts their dissertation. The module covers the areas required for effective educational research including; qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques: the quasi experimental approach; psychometric techniques; research method selection; questionnaire design and analysis; research and project preparation; and reporting the findings.

For full programme specification click here 

Applicants will normally hold a relevant 2:2 Honours degree or above in a related discipline. Applicants who do not meet the requirements above may be considered on an individual basis, where there is evidence of relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for entry.

Prior Accreditation

The degree recognises and supports existing professional development activities whether these are part of induction, early professional development, threshold assessments or programmes of staff development and performance management. Candidates may also seek accreditation for completed school-based professional development activities. Application for credit transfer and exemption from module requirements must be made upon enrolment.

Course image

How to Apply

Application for admission to all Masters Programmes should be made by downloading the application form and reference form and returning the completed forms to masters@stran.ac.uk.

The next intake for Masters Study is September 2020. The closing date for applications is Friday 11th September 2020.

Under the current circumstances all applications must be emailed to the address above.

Tuition Fees

The module fees for 2020/2021 are:

NI/ EU £1023 (30 CATS) £2047 (60 CATS)

GB £1150 (30 CATS) £2300 (60 CATS)

International £2817  (30 CATS) £5633 (60 CATS)

For further information on tuition fees please contact studentfinance@stran.ac.uk

All completed Masters applications require a payment of a £10 administration fee. Please click here to complete this payment via the Stran Eshop.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 is available to eligible student for postgraduate study at Stranmillis University College: please contact your Education Authority for further loan information. Please note students who are applying for a postgraduate tuition fee loan must complete their Master’s study within 3 years. Other payment options are available such as payment in full or direct debit instalment plans Please contact the College Finance Office on studentfinance@stran.ac.uk for further information.

Additional Course Costs

There may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from the Library. However, If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the Library, prices per text typically range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Additional accreditation fees apply on this pathway:

Full information on Degree outcomes and additional value added assessments for this pathway can be found here: Degree Outcomes 20/21

Loans are not available for additional accreditation, however payment in full or direct debit payment options are available.

There may be costs associated with transport and materials for your dissertation research project and additional costs for printing and binding.

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