Master of Education (MEd) (Area of Focus: Special Needs, Giftedness and Counselling)



What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme is aimed at individuals who aspire to professional advancement in the educational sector, and those who intend to strengthen their foundational knowledge and deepen their study in certain Areas of Focus.

It is designed to support students in integrating their past experience with new insights in theory, practice and leadership. The curriculum combines specialist study and a broad-based education in professional reflection, assessment and research methods. It provides flexible learning routes for students from different knowledge backgrounds.

By the end of this programme, students will be able to:

a) demonstrate advanced knowledge and awareness of new developments in their chosen Area of Focus;

b) review educational research critically, and conduct educational inquiries independently;

c) apply assessment principles and strategies for the promotion of learning; and

d) evaluate the larger policy and cultural contexts of education in Hong Kong and other societies with a critical perspective; and

e) possess professional ethics and social responsibility in the field of education.

Special Needs, Giftedness and Counselling

Advanced Studies in Special Needs, Giftedness and Counselling: With the basis of the study in “Special Needs, Giftedness and Counselling: Global Perspectives”, this course is intended to enable students to explore a topic of particular professional and/or personal interest in the field of Special and Inclusive Education, Giftedness or Counselling, through critical reflection on existing theories, practices and policies which are drawn from international and local sources. Students will also carry out a small scale empirical investigation of this topic.

Creative and Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving: Based on the idea that giftedness is advanced intellectual ability, this module examines the cognitive strategies involved in creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving as both distinct and related cognitive processes. An important aspect of this discussion concerns the relationships between thinking and intelligence. The module will consider the research methods behind the study of these three types of processes as well as the cultural differences in the developmental and recognition of advanced ability. The module will then evaluate a number of education programmes and current pedagogical practices for their potential effectiveness in meeting the intellectual needs of high ability students.

Social-emotional Development and Special Needs: This module focuses on the social and emotional development of students with special educational needs by tracing the nature of healthy social and emotional development and by showing the ways in which school based education can contribute to this.

Special Needs, Giftedness and Counselling: Global Perspectives: This course is intended to enable students to develop a critical analysis of Special and Inclusive Education, Giftedness and Counselling, through critical reflection on existing theories, practices and policies drawn from international sources.

Supporting Parents and Families with Diverse Needs: This course examines the needs of parents and families which might need additional support, such as new immigrant families, lone-parent families, low income families, ethnic minority families, cross-border families, domestic violence, and families with children with special education needs. Local and overseas models and strategies of support and counselling for families with different needs will be reviewed and evaluated.

Which department am I in?

Graduate School

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$120,000.00 (12,73,156) per year
HK $5,000 per credit point
Application deadline

Expected April 2024

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)

Tai Po Campus,

10 Lo Ping Road,

Tai Po, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university. English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0; or TOEFL 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or Other equivalent qualifications.

For international students

Applicants must hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Science or Information Technology from a recognised University.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution outside Hong Kong where the language of instruction is not English should normally fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements which may be subject to adjustment:

  • IELTS 6.0; or
  • Grade C or above in GCSE / GCE OL English; or
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET) (a total score of no lower than 430 if the test was taken after June 2005); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

As for the Area of Focus of English for Academic Purposes, the minimum English proficiency requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0; or
  • a TOEFL score of 570 (paper-based test) or 90 (internet-based test) ; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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