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Master of Special Pedagogics

The master’s programme in special pedagogics has the national goal of an inclusive school as a starting point and apply a broad range of theoretical approaches from disability studies.

However the MA programme is not focused on concrete learning disabilities, it has a more theoretical approach (than many other similar Mastes's programs) and use a wide specter of scientific literature from the field of special pedagogics.

Independent and scientifically based understanding
The master’s degree programme gives students an independent and scientifically based understanding of the theoretical and practical courses that are included. In addition, the programme provides an insight into scientific thinking and methodology.

Main focus
The master’s programme in special pedagogics is specifically targeted at the conditions of vulnerable children and adolescents who need assistance and support, and will prepare the student for work tasks which require a broad grasp of special pedagogics at a high level. The core ereas at The master’s programme in special pedagogics are:

  • conditions for children’s and adolescents’ upbringing and learning, and in particular the function that teaching and education has in the development of society and culture
  • knowledge about children and adolescents’ learning and development – particularly in the field of organised pedagogical activities

Inclusion, marginalisation and exclusion within the educational system
Students will acquire increased understanding of and insight into circumstances that influence processes of inclusion, marginalisation and exclusion within the educational system and when children and adolescents are growing up – and the measures adopted in this connection.

Specialization - two major areas of study
At the The master’s programme in special pedagogics there are two major areas of study, and before study start every student have to choose his/her specialization, by applying for one of the following two:
1. Special pedagogics counselling and development activities. This area of study is for those who wish to work in the special pedagogics support system – and the MA-students will learn about the testing of students skills etc.
2. Language-, reading- and writing development and disabilities. This area of study is focused on the teaching of reading- and writing skills in school – and the MA-students will obtain basic knowledge in teaching of language and didactic framework.

Master thesis
The master thesis has a work load of 45 ECTS credits. The entire Master programme has a workload of 120 ECTS and a duration of two years.

Students will develop the methodological and theoretical skills needed to identify, read, analyze, and discuss primary and secondary sources within the social sciences, with special emphasis on Special Pedagogics.

In addition to specialized competence within their field, the students will also develop more broadly recognized skills, such as how to formulate academic research question, find relevant material for a research project, to critically relate to and analyse sources, to process substantial quantities of information through scientific methods and to present their findings and engage in dialogue with others about them.

Part time/full time
The master’s programme in special pedagogics can be completed as a two years full time study og a four year part time study.

The programme provides an excellent foundation for work with special pedagogics in public or private organisations, in the health sector or in other learning-related contexts e.g. kindergartens, schools, adult education, PP-service, Centers for Competance.

Contact information:

Study Leader: Associate professor Rune Hausstätter

Telefon: 612 88 102

Sist oppdatert: Gunnar Furseth Klinge 05.12.2011

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