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MA Special Educational Needs Leadership

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Literacy / Special Needs Teaching Special Education (General) Headmaster/Headmistress/School Leadership

Course type


Course Summary


Special Educational Needs is an extremely important area within education, with there being a necessity for future leaders in this specialist area to ensure that new generations of children get the best from their education.

If you already work in an educational setting, our SEN Leadership taught Master's will put you in a position to lead on change and improve the lives and learning experiences of the children who need the most support. This makes it an extremely rewarding route to take to enhance your future career.

The current national agenda for Special Educational Needs and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 Years (DfE/DoH, 2015) indicates a government commitment to supporting training which promotes positive quality services for children from 0 to 25 and their families. This requires developing the professional sector to work effectively in leadership roles in educational settings. The MA in SEN Leadership provides a route through to a Master’s degree for students holding a relevant Postgraduate Certificate.

Your future career

Completing the MA programme will support your professional development as you will acquire knowledge and understanding in relation to the key themes as well as skills in critical analysis, enquiry, evaluation and innovation which will contribute to strategic development in your educational settings. You will demonstrate skills of autonomy and independent enquiry in undertaking research, developing your understanding of the changing policy context and implications for practice. As a result of critical engagement with issues, you will be in a position to lead on change in your settings and improve on educational outcomes for learners with special educational needs.


This independent unit of study aims to offer students the opportunity to develop an individual project in negotiation with a supervising tutor. The project should be suitable insofar as the resulting written report or assignment may be assessed against the generic assessment criteria, as well as against learning outcomes that are intrinsic to the project itself. The learning outcomes of this project will depend upon the nature of the project but need to be manageable within the timescale available and appropriate for the credit rating of the module. The scope of the project will determine the nature of the learning outcomes but the generic learning outcomes will be as below.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Full-time fee is £13,000 for 2021/22 entry. It is a guide for part-time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Entry to the course requires you to hold a Postgraduate Certificate Special Educational Needs Coordination or a Postgraduate Certificate Specialist Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty: Dyslexia, which must have been awarded by Canterbury Christ Church University within the last five years. If you have achieved both with Christ Church, you may be permitted Advanced Standing into the final dissertation stage of this course.

University information

Established in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is a modern, multi-campus institution, with a reputation for delivering high quality education and professional training. The university has campuses and education centres based in Canterbury, Medway and Tunbridge Wells. CCCU is one of only a handful of UK universities to be located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and supports a learning community of around 15,000 students, of...more