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Master's Degree in Special Education Needs >>

Objectives and Competences


  • To know the processes, strategies and tools that facilitate integration and inclusions of people with special education needs and/or with disabilities.
  • To control the evaluation and intervention procedures within specific problems, impairments or disabilities.
  • To develop functions of coordination and counselling, with other professionals and with families, for an effective socioeducational intervention.
  • For professionals to develop the abilities for criticism, judgement and research based on their daily activity.
  • To respond efficiently to any of the needs which arise in different moments of their life: early attention, schooling and social and work integration for teenagers and adults; all within an inclusive approach. In personal, family, schooling or institutional (associations) spheres.
  • To control the specialized psychopedagogic intervention in fields of their special attention, such as: special education and attention to diversity, family, school and social intervention.
  • To develop strategies of individual and community work, leading to personal and social development, inclusion and integration.
  • To specialize in, at least, on subject of interest for the participant in the program, depending on his/her professional project.
  • To know how to research in schooling, family, working and socio-communitary contexts.
  • To qualify for strengthening current lines of research leading to innovations in these areas.
  • To deepen in the knowledge about research methods, variables that have an influence on social, working or schooling phenomena, and also the latest reseach related to intervention in these fields.
  • To facilitate development of doctoral theses aimed at increasing knowledge about social problems and needs, as well as in the forms of psychosocial, social and educational action in different contexts and primarily related to special education.


Competences are the set of interrelated knowledge, attitudes, values, abilities and skills, which can be identified and evaluated, and which enable the student to undertake the professional activity according to requirements and standards used in the appropriate occupational area.

All masters of the University of Almeria explicitly cover two types of competences:

  • Generic Competences included in Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October, establishing regulations for Official University Studies.
  • Specific Competences of the degree. These competences are specified in the degree report, and are related to its own disciplines. Part of these competences may have been agreed at the regional level of Andalusia, or, in some degrees, they may have been decided nationally.

General Competences

  • To acquire and understand knowledge: Students should prove to have acquired and understood knowledge beyond that acquired in the first cycle, which gives them and opportunity to be original in the development or application of ideas, often in the context of research.
  • Application of knowledge: Students should know how to apply the knowledge acquired and their capacity for solving problems in new or nearly new environments within wider (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of studies.
  • Capacity of judgement: Students should be able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of forming judgement from information which, although incomplete or limited, includes thought about the social and ethical responsibilities related to the application of their knowledge and judgement.
  • Capacity to communicate and social ability: Students should be able to communicate their conclusions -and the knowledge and final reasons which sustain them- to specialized and non-specialized public in a clear and unambiguous way.
  • Ability for learning: Students should possess the necessary learning abilities to allow them to continue cstudying in a mostly autonomous and self-directed way.

Specific competences

Specific competences of the degree are included in the degree report. Follow this link to access them:

Competencias Específicas (91 kb)

Updated by: Training, Syllabi and Teaching Organization Service

Date: 7 March 2013

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