Master of Arts in Universal Design for Learning (Online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 90
  • Course Code
  • Award Taught Masters Degree by Thesis
  • Duration 1 year

Course Summary


The aim of this programme is to support educational personnel to develop a variety of teaching methods to lower any barriers to learning, by introducing more flexible methods of teaching, assessment, and service provision to cater for the diversity of learners in their classrooms. The programme carefully examines the neuro-educational research that UDL evidence in addressing how people learn. It will explore its implementation in a variety of contexts and critically examine it in practice success as support to inclusion and access.

Course Content

Research Project (Optional add-on) 60 Credits. This semester runs over 30 weeks and comprises of the MA research project which is based on the field research started in the ePortfolio in Semester 2, laying the groundwork for progressing this research.

Assessment: There are two distinctive assessments within this learning experience. Research Plan, Process and Progress Assessment one provides students with the opportunity to present their understanding of the research process, present their project and discuss their progress to the team. This will allow the team to give very specific guidance to the student for the next phases of their project. This RPPP will equate to 15% of the overall grade. Research Projection Formative/Product (75%) This research thesis/product will be assessed both verbally and with a written submission. There are two components to this assessment.

  • Written submission will be 25,000 words, including references (75%) The written submission will foster the process-based writing technique, research process tasks will scaffold the learning of skills. This involves the learner for the assessment ’FOR’ learning approach. Research process tasks will enrich the learning with a stage-built design (with on-going assessment integrated) to provide for a process-based approach. Learners will receive feedback on the various staged research process thereby feeding forward their learning and research writing development.

Viva (10%) Students will be given an opportunity to present and defend their research project and process to both internal and external examiners. Within this, they will also be required to outline their project's contribution to knowledge in the field of UDL and indicate a dissemination opportunity for their work (10%) The research study must adhere to ATU Sligo`s RESEARCH ETHICS PROCEDURE/ATU Sligo College ethics requirements.

Key Course Information

Study Hours - Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.

Most online courses typically involve 3 x 5 credit modules per semester which leads to an average 15 – 18 study hours per week. Our online courses have about 3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments.

Live Lectures - Normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle. Please note, you may be required to take some time off work for the below:

  • Exams Christmas Exams: 2 – 4 days in January each year. Summer Exams: 2 – 4 days in May each year.
  • Workshops/Practical Classes Approximately 2 - 4 days per year depending on the course you are studying. You will receive notification of the dates from your lecturer for each specific subject requirement.

Examinations:

For Examinations, students may have to attend at the ATU campus through which they completed their studies. For some programmes it may be possible for the Exam to be taken remotely via online proctoring. ATU Students resident in the Republic of Ireland will be invited to attend exams at an exam centre located in Ireland. Students’ resident outside of Ireland or with exceptional circumstances may be eligible to attend remotely via online proctoring, where examinations are taken online and supervised virtually, subject to availability.

Application Closing Date : 18th August 2023

Entry Requirements

Honours degree (Level 8), with evidence of a 2:2 or higher.

Successful completion of SG_EUNIV_S09 Postgraduate Certificate in Universal Design for Learning.

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Career Opportunities

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate/Master of Arts in UDL, graduates will possess the necessary knowledge and skills on the science of cognition and how to embrace individual learning differences. Based in cognitive neurosciences, UDL focuses on designing curricula with variability and removing barriers through offering flexible options and proactively designing capacity building learning experiences. While completing the programme participants will experience the UDL framework first hand as programme lead and guest lecturers model the principles and actively engage students in applying and evaluating UDL in their own practice. This will empower graduates to apply UDL into curriculum and the classroom in manageable ways and thus empower their own students to learn more effectively with choice.

Following completion of the programme graduates will have a deeper, more accurate understanding of student learning. They will have the knowledge and skills to provide their students flexibility in expression and flexibility in engagement which will serve as a platform to enhance skills, abilities, and motivations. Graduates will build on these skills to develop curriculum that is inclusive and caters to the diversity of the 21st century student.

From this programme, these graduates will carry forward attributes that will enrich any educational programme team based on their deep engagement with the incorporating the principles of UDL into their curriculum

Did you know?

This award would be the first accreditation at Level 9 rooted in teaching and learning from both a National & International perspective and is therefore unique in its offering. 

  • Considers inclusive theory transcending into practice in supported professional development for educators in higher education.
  • This programme models what it teaches in flexibility and so the programme and its content will be offered through a flexible medium allowing for ease of access for academic staff through an online platform.
  • Opportunity to engage with peers nationally and learn from each other’s best practice approaches in relation to student-centred learning.
  •  Students can progress to complete a Master’s award with an add-on year, working on a UDL research component that will build a portfolio

Programme Fees

For the 2022/23 academic year, the programme is offered to ATU staff only.

Fees will be reviewed in 2023/24 when the programme has a wider offering.