The University of Newcastle's Master of Special and Inclusive Education offers educators and other professionals working in special or inclusive education sectors the opportunity to develop specialised skills and advanced knowledge to support children and adolescents with additional needs. The program focuses your skills and builds your qualifications, knowledge and understanding to teach and support students in special or inclusive settings.
The program is suitable for regular teachers working within inclusive contexts and also for teachers who wish to gain additional qualifications with a view to employment as a special education teacher. The program will enable qualified allied health professionals to understand and utilise educational strategies to assist children and adolescents with additional needs.
Combining the latest research with practical coursework will ensure you are equipped to implement a range of evidence-based approaches and strategies to address student needs and promote students’ learning and social functioning.
The program provides theoretical and practical skills so you can cultivate a rich learning environment for students facing unique challenges, supported by your specialised skills in diversity programming and adjusted learning activities which support individual students.
The Master of Special and Inclusive Education is an 80 unit, AQF Level 9 Masters Coursework qualification.
Students are required to successfully complete 80 units of approved study to obtain the degree. Students will graduate with a Master of Special and Inclusive Education with specialisation in:
General Special Education - consisting of 30 units of core courses, 30 units of compulsory courses and 20 units of directed courses
Core courses (Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.)
EDUC6085 Education of Students with Learning Difficulties
EDUC6088 Teaching Methods and Techniques in Special and Inclusive Education
EDUC6165 Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings
Compulsory Courses (Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation.)
EDUC6082 Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special and Inclusive Education
EDUC6086 Introduction to Challenging Behaviour and Positive Support
EDUC6087 Education Students with Developmental Disabilities
Directed courses (Choose 20 units from the list to fulfil the requirements for this Specialisation.)
EDUC6079 Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems
EDUC6080 Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour
EDUC6081 Using Resources in Behaviour Problems
EDUC6160 Supporting Communication Skills
EDUC6161 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention
EDUC6162 Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years
EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention
EDUC6164 Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings
General Special Education - this specialisation diversifies and deepens your understanding across a range of areas including education of students with learning difficulties and behaviour problems and understanding developmental disabilities.
Minimum Academic Level:
The Master of Special and Inclusive Education is an 80-unit postgraduate qualification, with admission available for applicants who have one of the following qualifications or equivalent in a relevant field:
• Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or
• Bachelor Honours Degree; or
• Bachelor Degree plus two years' demonstrable relevant work experience; or
• Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' demonstrable relevant work experience.
• Relevant fields and applicable work experience include education/teaching, psychology, disability studies, allied health or a related discipline.
Work Experience (if applicable):
Relevant fields and applicable work experience include education/teaching, psychology, disability studies, allied health or a related discipline.
Work experience can be demonstrated through certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.
Minimum English Language Proficiency:
Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.
Part-time - 12 months
Up to 50% Study Grants