Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)
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|Award granted||Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$21,250* AUD|
|Level||Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)|
IELTS band score of 7 (with no band less than 7) and speaking and listening of 7.5
|Deakin course code||E734|
(i) New course commencing 2015.
(ii) This is not an initial teacher education qualification. Students wishing to enter the profession of teaching should instead consider E760 Master of Teaching or E730 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Alternate exits
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 indidualised, 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 practicum 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.
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 which is available at: Further information
Fees and charges
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) has been designed to enable qualified early childhood, primary or secondary 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.
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 practicum units (EEI700 and EEI716) and
- 6 credit points of study that combine research and elective units in one of following three options:
- 2 credit points of research units (EXR782 and EXR783) and
- 4 credit points of elective units selected from ESP701, ESM701, ECP711, EEL702, ESP703
- 4 credit points of research units including a 2cp research paper (EXR781, EXR791, EXR796, EXR797) and
- 2 credit points of elective units selected from ESP701, ESM701, ECP711, EEL702, ESP703
- 6 credit points of research units which include a minor thesis (EXR781, EXR791, EXR798, EXR799)
Note: Option 3 provides a research pathway for students to apply for entry to PhD.
|EEI714||Individualised Program Planning|
|EXE732||Social Justice and Difference|
|EEI715||Effective Classroom Management: Positive Learning Environments|
|EEI700||Practicum Case Study|
|EEI716||Practicum: Special Educational Needs|
|ESP701||Education and Development of Exceptional Learners|
|ESM701||Teaching Mathematics Successfully|
|ECP711||Creativity and the Arts in Childhood|
|EEL702||New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs|
|ESP703||Student Welfare and Discipline Issues|
Note: it is recommended that students select ESP701 and ESP703 as particularly suitable for teachers of special needs students.
|EXR782||Research Design, Development and Method in Education|
|EXR783||Independent Research Project for Professional Practice|
|EXR781||Education Research Methodology|
|EXR791||Designing and Developing a Research Project|
|EXR796||Research Paper Part A|
|EXR797||Research Paper Part B|
|EXR798||Minor Thesis Part A|
|EXR799||Minor Thesis Part B|
Entry requirements - specific
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in the same discipline area or approved international equivalent.
Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.
Credit for prior learning - general
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
- Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
- Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
- Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.
- If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
- If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact email@example.com
|Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Educational Needs) (E544)|
Professional experience requirements - Working With Children Check (WWCC)
Students who intend to undertake practicum 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: firstname.lastname@example.org