A collaborative international program jointly provided by the University of East London and ICEP Europe.

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Program Overview

We are delighted to introduce this new online Post Graduate Certificate / Post Graduate Diploma / Masters in Special and Additional Learning Needs, developed jointly by The Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London (UEL), and the Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe.

Both UEL and ICEP Europe have a long track record in providing quality programs in the field of special educational needs in the UK, Ireland, and internationally. The collaboration between the two institutions comes from a shared interest in offering a first class provision in higher education that is accessible to international educators. The program aims to build upon participants’ existing skills and competencies, thus enhancing the quality of education for children and young people with special and additional learning needs in a variety of settings worldwide.

This international program is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings and the overall aim is to build the capacity of teachers and other professionals to respond effectively to the diverse educational needs of all learners, including those with special and additional educational needs.

Who is the program aimed at?

This program is for all those, both in Australia and internationally, who are interested in Special and Additional Learning Needs and want to progress to an MA qualification.

The online format of the program and the flexibility to pay for modules on an individual basis offers busy professionals the opportunity to work around their existing schedule and gain a recognized University qualification regardless of location.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are flexible to allow for credit to be given to work based learning. Applicants must:

•      Have an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent: e.g. certificate of education; higher level professional training in education with demonstrable parity in experience), minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent. (Please note: The educational standards for teaching vary from country to country – you must check with your own home countries requirements to ensure you fulfill the correct criteria).

•      In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 7 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programs.

Program structure

The international program is taught entirely online and the typical duration of the MA program is a minimum of two years, and a maximum of six years (in accordance with UEL’s Academic Framework and modular regulations).

Module choice and price

Participants enrol on the program for the start of the Autumn or Spring term and will normally complete one 30 credit module per term. There are three terms every year, beginning in September, January, and April. Each module costs £1,060 (except for ET7746 which costs £2,120). Fees are paid on a module by module basis.

The modules available throughout this course are as follows:




 ET7902 Inclusive Education: Collaboration and best practice



 ET7901 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary perspectives and best practice



 ET7900 Dyslexia and Literacy: Issues, perspectives and best practice



 ET7905 Applied Behavioural Analysis: Critical exploration and practice.



 ET7904 Exceptionally Able Learners: Understanding theory, perspectives and practice.



 ET7903 Understanding Behaviour: Theories, perspectives and best practice.



 ET7746 Research Methodologies and Dissertation


MA Only

Note: Modules will be available during each term subject to minimum participant numbers.

If you would like further information about the modules on offer please email info@icepe.eu

Requirements for gaining an award

In order to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, you will need to obtain 60 credits (2 modules) at Level 9 (AFQ).

In order to gain a Postgraduate Diploma, you will need to obtain 120 credits (4 modules) at Level 9 (AFQ).

In order to obtain a Masters, you will need to obtain 180 credits (4 modules and the 60 credit research module) at Level 9 (AFQ).

(Note: If you have existing MA level credits in a relevant area they may be transferred into this program up to a maximum of 50% of the award).


Assessment is through written assignments, and there is a single assignment of 5,000 words to be completed for each module.

For the award of MA a dissertation of 14,000 words is undertaken on completion of all the taught modules.

How to Apply?

Applying for your course is quick and easy:

Step 1: Download program application form Application Form UEL September 2018

Step 2: You can send this form as an e-mail attachment to admissions@icepe.eu, or you can print it out and send it by surface mail to: ADMISSIONS OFFICE, ICEP EuropeUnit K4, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland.

Applications are now being accepted for September 2018 intake. Application deadline: 24th August 2018.

Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the program please feel free to get in touch through our contact details below.

University of East London Institue of Child Education and Psychology Europe



Nicole Whitelaw                                 

       Tel:+44 (0)20 8223 6368 

       Email: n.whitelaw@uel.ac.uk



Dr Deirdre MacIntyre

Tel:   (UK) + 44 (0)208 354 7592

Email: info@icepe.eu