Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)



The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) is designed for qualified teachers interested in a pathway for further learning and employment in the area of special educational needs. This course is conducted via Cloud (online) mode and consists of twelve credit points taken over one and a half years of full-time study or up to three years of part-time study.

As a graduate of this course you will possess advanced knowledge of contemporary education issues and discourses; have high-level critical and evaluative research skills; and translate your understandings of individualised, inclusive educational programs into practice. The course takes in to account the implementation of social justice policy and addresses the fundamental philosophy of access and success for people with diverse educational needs. 

The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) is an externally accredited program that meets the requirements of the Department of Education and Training Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Teaching guidelines for special education. The requirements within the two professional experience units EEI700 and EEI716 include 15 days of supervised teaching experience, a supervised case study (15 days or equivalent) and 15 days of professional development activities e.g. seminars related to specialist/inclusive education. 

Please note that EEI700 and EEI716 may be completed in a specialised area such as vision impairment where supervision would be conducted by a member from the visiting teacher service.


Key facts


This course is 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. 


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Note: This is not an initial teacher education qualification. Students wishing to enter the profession of teaching should instead consider one of the Master of Teaching courses or E730 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching

Key information

Award granted

Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$23,920 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,349 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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Deakin code



Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Entry requirements

Any Bachelor degree in the field of Education that is a recognised initial teacher qualification for the purposes of registration as a primary or secondary teacher in Australia.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

Professional Recognition

Endorsed by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for meeting the Specialist Area Guidelines for Special Education, for already qualified teachers.

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT's Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully.

Career outcomes

The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) has been designed to enable qualified teachers to meet the Department of Education and Training requirements for employment related to special educational needs across a range of educational settings, including special schools, special developmental schools and mainstream settings, in both Australia and overseas.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course Structure

To be awarded a Master of Education (Special Educational Needs), students are required to successfully complete 12 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of compulsory core units (EEI714, ECP703, EXE732, EEI715) and
  • 2 credit points of professional experience units (EEI700 and EEI716) and
  • 6 credit points of study that combine research and elective units in one of following three options:

Option 1

  • 2 credit points of research units (EDX701 and EDX707)# and
  • 4 credit points of elective units selected from ESP701, ESM701, ECP711, EEL702, ESP703

Option 2

  • 4 credit points of research units including a 2cp research paper (EDX701, EDX702 or AIX708, EDX703, EDX704)# and
  • 2 credit points of elective units selected from ESP701, ESM701, ECP711, EEL702, ESP703

Option 3

  • 6 credit points of research units which include a minor thesis (EDX701, EDX702 or AIX708, EDX705 and EDX706)#

# EDX coded units formerly EXR coded units.

Core units

  • Child Protection ECP703
  • Individualised Program Planning EEI714
  • Effective Classroom Management: Positive Learning Environments EEI715
  • Social Justice and Difference EXE732
  • Professional experience units

  • Practicum Case Study EEI700
  • Practicum: Special Educational Needs EEI716
  • Elective units

  • Creativity and the Arts in Childhood ECP711
  • New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs EEL702
  • Teaching Mathematics Successfully ESM701
  • Education and Development of Exceptional Learners ESP701
  • Student Welfare and Discipline Issues ESP703
  • Note: it is recommended that students select ESP701 and ESP703 as particularly suitable for teachers of special needs students.

    Research units

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701 (Formerly EXR781/EXR782)
  • Qualitative Research in Education EDX702 (Formerly EXR791)
  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Research Paper A EDX703 (Formerly EXR796)
  • Research Paper B EDX704 (Formerly EXR797)
  • Minor Thesis A EDX705 (2 credit points)  (Formerly EXR798)
  • Minor Thesis B EDX706 (2 credit points)  (FormerlyEXR799)
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice EDX707 (Formerly EXR783)
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    Course pathways

    Alternative exits

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries


    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359  

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    Students who intend to undertake professional experience in Victorian schools are required to complete a WWCC unless a copy of Victorian teacher registration is provided. Students requiring a WWCC should contact the Professional Experience coordinator email:

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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