Why choose this programme?
The international Master's Programme in Special Needs Education at the University of Oslo is among the most innovative and complete international Master's programmes in the area of special needs and inclusive education.
To build more just and democratic societies, it is fundamental to provide equal opportunities to everyone. Education is one of the crucial arenas in which we can overcome social inequalities. Experts in the field of special needs education play an important role in the improvement of the quality of education at every level, in global and local communities.
Choosing the Master's Programme in Special Needs Education is a step towards a job committed to improve the quality of life of people with special needs and to promote social justice in local communities.
Our Master's degree programme combines the experience of the Norwegian approach to inclusion with the global knowledge from different cultural contexts. The programme will provide you with significant knowledge in the various fields of special needs education, with the special value of a unique combination of theoretical and empirical knowledge developed in the research environment of the Department of Special Needs Education.
As a graduate of this programme, you will have the basic skills to work in an international environment, and the knowledge to operate in the different roles involved in the preparation, management and realization of intervention, consultation, inclusion, and research.
Students of our programme will be involved in the scientific research carried out at the Department of Special Needs education.
Who is the programme aimed at?
The students of the Special Needs Education programme have different backgrounds. They are international as well as Norwegian students with Bachelor diplomas in different fields, including psychology, education, habilitation/rehabilitation and also social science. Yet they share the same commitment to social inclusion; the passionate care for all people; the passion for learning new things and exploring unfamiliar territories; and the intellectual curiosity of working in an international team. If you recognize yourself in this picture, the Special Needs Education programme might be the right choice for you!
The study environment
The Master’s programme in Special Needs Education is a full-time programme run in English. The teaching is a combination of plenary and small group sessions with a problem-based learning approach. The classes are not very numerous, so the atmosphere is friendly and cosy. UiO provides excellent study facilities. Students and staff have the very best technical tools at their disposal and access to excellent facilities.
The Department of Special Needs Education is part of an extended international network, providing students with the opportunity of encountering high-level international scholars and institutions.
The students can also have access to the Oslo Special Education and Learning Lab.