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Informasjon oppdatert

14. mars 2022.

Om studiet

This new international master programme in Special Education is fully taught in English and focuses on learning processes that arise when students engage in practical and estethical activities.

Through a combination of theoretical, practical and experimental approaches to special pedagogics we aim to facilitate critical debate and evaluate existing perspectives in the field. In addition we will work with developing new and innovative approaches in the field of education, especially with reference to children and young people with learning disabilities and / or special needs.

Studiets oppbygging

The MA programme will be delivered on a collaborative basis in both the UK and in Norway. It will bring students together in a series of seven intensive two week study blocks over the two years of the programme. Students will be expected to complete a series of tasks, and learning activities to include academic reading, reflective peer learning and assignments in between the formal study blocks.

The courses are offered parallel. Learning will take place primarily at Inland Norway University of Applied Scienceand The Field Centre, Ruskin Mill Land Trust (UK). In details:

Course 1: The philosophy of science and the history of special education
This course will be taught in Lillehammer (Norway). The examination will take place at Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth (UK).

Course 2: Research methods and situated transformative action research
Lectures and seminars in Lillehammer ( Norway) and at The Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK)

Course 3: Theoretical approaches to practical skills transformative learning
This course will be taught at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK). The examination will take place at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK) in February.

Course 4: Special education and symptoms of disabilities

This course will be taught at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK) and in Lillehammer (Norway). The examination will take place in Lillehammer (Norway)

Course 5: Work based learning: Enhancing professional practice

This course will be taught at the Field Centre, Nailsworth (UK).


Due to the practical nature of the course and its intentions in respect of the development and evaluation of innovative approaches to pedagogy, the programme includes a work based learning element. Students will be expected to secure their own placement within a relevant role and/or work place, to be agreed by the programme team.

This programme additionally includes a ‘golden thread’ that runs through the programme. This is intended to provide students with a semi-structures vehicle for on-going reflection and transformation during their programme of study. Although this course is not credit bearing, it forms the basis for the reflective epilogue within the Masters’ thesis.


(For EU/EEA/Swiss applicants only)

Admission to the Masters programme requires the following: The applicant must:

  • Be competent in a practical aesthetical skill and have current experience of practice
  • Have an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum of 3372 hours (2 years) relevant work experience with children and/or adults within an educational context.

In support of an application, applicants must submit the following:

  • A reflective essay on your practical aesthetic skill, describing your experience and its relevance to the programme (maximum 1200 words – this can include examples e.g. photographs).
  • A copy of your Bachelor’s degree diploma/certificate (Degree must meet the requirements of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education).
  • A description(maximum 500 words) and proof of relevant work experience, e.g. a statement from an employer.
  • A statement of why you want to be admitted onto the programme (maximum 500 words)

If you are not a Norwegian citizen: Copy of your passport.

Based on the application, those applicants who meet the admission criteria will be invited for an admission interview. Candidates will then be selected on the basisof their qualifications and experience, and outcomes of the formal interview. Candidates are responsible of their own application and interview costs. A good command of English is required for all students attending the masterprogramme. English language qualifications can be tested in the interview.


How to apply

The required documents must be uploaded on the online application form. The preferred format for uploading documents is PDF


Register your application

Please follow the instructions carefully after you click on the online application form.

Please note that the documentation is only accepted through the online application form. On the upper left there is a box with a drop down menu; Choose English

  • For users without Norwegian Identification Number: Press the button International applicant.
  • Click on "Register new international applicant".
  • Complete the form (first name, last name, e-mail address, date of birth, sex and citizenship) and press OK-save. You will receive a password by e-mail.
  • Use the password you received by e-mail to log in through: Login international applicant.
  • For users with Norwegian Identification Number: Logon using Your 11-digit ID an choose your 4-digit pinkode.


Application deadline is April 15th 2020. Note that admission to this program is for EU/EEA citizens only.



At the end of the programme the student will have demonstrated:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the theory of knowledge and a critical understanding of different ideologies, paradigms and perspectives in special education
  • A comprehensive understanding of research methodology its applicability in varied contexts
  • A comprehensive understanding of learning theories and teaching methods, explored through direct experience of implementation in different locations and settings
  • A reflective awareness of the influence and importance of space, materials and practice in facilitating transformation and transformative learning


At the end of the programme, the student will be able to:

  • Identify pedagogic opportunities in children and young peoples’ development and learning journey
  • Undertake critical reflection and evaluation of academic arguments in respect of practical and theoretical problems
  • Carry out independent and original robust research, using appropriate methods
  • Take responsibility for own autonomous learning and self transformation
  • Communicate research findings in an effective and accessible way, orally and in writing.
  • Use practical skills as tool to develop practice in special education.

General competences:

At the end of the course students will be have gained the following general competences:

  • To be able to write in a coherent and accessible way
  • To engage in innovative and entrepreneurial activities
  • To operate as an effective member of a team in an international context
  • To be able to plan and deliver projects, on time and to a sufficiently high quality



The primary goals of the Masters include:

  • Develop and create innovative practical approaches to teaching and learning in special needs education
  • Recognize and meet children and youth with disabilities and/ or special learning difficulties with knowledge, respect, dignity – in a collaborative process
  • Develop conscious awareness of educational potential, through the re-connection of the hand (practical), the heart (emotional) and the head (intellectual)
  • Develop conscious awareness of pedagogic possibilities and potential in new situations, contexts and locations
  • Facilitate transformative learning through the relocation of the point of learning from the head to the hands and heart
  • Effectively evaluate, reflect and research own practice in order to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning within a special needs context, reflecting the specific needs and resistances presented by the individual learner.


See above


Master in Special Education - Practical skills transformative learning

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