Master of Education in Special Needs Education Degree Programme

The Master of Education in Special Needs Education Degree Programme, like all the other programmes offered by OUSL, is designed for study through the distance mode. It is a 66 credit study programme of two-year (02) duration which is the Level 10 of Sri Lanka Qualification Framework. However, as wider knowledge and critical attitudes are expected from students following a higher degree programme, printed texts are not provided. Instead reading lists and handouts relevant to each course of study will be distributed among the students as and when necessary. As a student reading for a higher degree, it is essential that you engage in self-study.


  1. To expand opportunities for postgraduate studies in Special Needs Education and Inclusive Education for those who are already serving in the field of education
  2. To develop knowledge, attitudes and skills of individuals to act as leaders, consultants and resource personnel in special needs education
  3. To enhance capacity development in professional reflection, judgment, decision-making and practice to address diverse needs of individuals
  4. To promote research in the field of special needs education


  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the theories, policies, legislation and practices underpinning the education of learners of Special Needs Education within national and international contexts
  2. Analyze critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories of Special Needs Education.
  3. Conduct independent research and inquiry into contemporary issues in Special Needs Education, involving higher order conceptualization, new ideas and personal initiative
  4. Interpret and transmit educational knowledge, pedagogical and professional skills, and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. Communicate effectively and collaboratively with students with disabilities, their families and other professionals within the legal, ethical and professional practice context.
  6. Use advanced knowledge of Special Needs Education concepts, theories, technologies, policies and pedagogical strategies and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems in Special Needs Education settings.
  7. Apply advanced pedagogic expertise in designing, planning, implementing, adapting and evaluating programs, technologies and resources for a diverse range of learners in Special Needs Education classroom settings.
  8. Act responsibly, ethically and professionally with diverse populations at local, national and global levels.

Student Handbook

Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Master of Education in Special Needs Education
Conducted by :
Dept. of Special Needs Education, Faculty of Education
Programme duration :
This is a two-year programme
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :

• A pass in the Post Graduate Diploma in Special Needs Education from the OUSL or any other recognized university, or
• A pass in the Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the OUSL or any other recognized university, or
• A pass with a minimum GPA 3.0 in Bachelor of Education degree from the OUSL or any other recognized university, or
• An equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the Senate.

Submission of Online Applications :
  19th June 2022
Closing Date for Applications :
  Extended till 10th August 2022
Programme Commencing Date :




Local Students

Application Fee: Rs. 800.00

Total course fee: Rs.127,620.00

Overseas Students

Developed countries: US$ 5,874 *
Developing countries: US$ 2,904 *

 *: In addition to the above fee, is a refundable deposit of US$ 1000 will be charged from the foreign students before the registration.  

This Post Graduate Diploma programme is conducted by the Department of Special Needs, Faculty of Education.

For more details contact the coordinators, Mr. K. Ketheeswaran.


Address :
Head/Department of Special Needs Education, Faculty of Education, The Open University of Sril Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
Contact :
011 288 1492
Email :

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