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Master in Special Education - Practical skills transformative learning

  • and The Field Centre (Nailsworth UK)
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Full degree student
  • ECTS 120 ECTS
  • Application period No admission in 2019
  • Focuses on learning processes that arise when students engage in practical and aestethical activities
  • Combination of theoretical, practical and experimental approaches
  • Fully taught in English

About the programme

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.

Admission office


Phone: + 47 62 43 00 04 (Opening hours: 10:00 - 14:00 CET)


Application deadline for applicants from outside the Nordic countries is December 1st in the year prior to the start of the study programme. The next application deadline for applicants from outside the Nordic countries will be December 1st 2019.

Application deadline for applicants from the Nordic countries is April 15th in the same year as the start of the study programme. The next application deadline for applicants from the Nordic countries will be 15th April 2020.

Admission requirements

Special admission requirements for this programme

Master in spesial eduction at Innland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Campus Lillehammer.

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.

Practical information

Study in Nailsworth and Lillehammer

The study programme is organised around the students own practical and aesthetic skills. It is a full time programme with a duration of three (3) years and 120 ECTS credits (240 UK Credits). The programme will be delivered in Nailsworth (England) and in Lillehammer (Norway), through 4 two-week and 2 one-week residential Blocks. It is therefore necessary to calculate costs related to travel and stay in connection with the studies.

Theoretical studies and philosophical debates will be combined with practical use of experimental learning in a number of workshops.


 Residential blocks

Course 1

History of special education and the Philosophy of Science



Week 35 + 36

27. Aug - 9. Sept

Course 2 Theoretical approaches to practical skills transformative learning Nailsworth


Week 8 + 9

17. Feb - 2. March

(First week halfterm)

Course 3


Methods 1



Week 22 + 23

26. May - 8. June

Learning outcome

Learning outcomes


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


Course structure

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.