Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ERPM009: Special Educational Needs: Teaching and Learning

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary over time, it is envisaged that the syllabus will consider a range of issues that relate to teaching and learning students with special educational needs and disability. The syllabus will consider how theory, research and policy inform the issues. Content is likely to include:

  • The diagnosis and assessment of “difference”
  • Theories of learning and development applied to teaching and learning of students with special educational needs and disability.
  • Special education and inclusive pedagogies.
  • Interventions for students with special educational needs and disability.
  • Approaches to teaching, learning and assessment for learners with particular areas of need.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities3030 hours of tutor led seminars
Guided independent study20Preparatory work for taught seminars (including research tasks and collaborative tasks)
Guided independent study10Collation and review of seminar notes
Guided independent study20Set and supplementary reading
Guided independent study20Completion of formative assignment tasks
Guided independent study50Completion of summative assignment tasks

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Department for Education resources and information.


Education Endowment Foundation Big Theme on SEN


Electronic journals:

British Journal of Special Education

Support for Learning

European Journal of Special Needs Education

Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs

International Journal of Inclusive Education

International Journal of Disability, Education and Development