Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)

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Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)
Cloud (online)Yes

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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016No fees defined
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score of 7 (with no band less than 7) and speaking and listening of 7.5

Deakin course code E734
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

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.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

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.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course rules

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

Course structure

Core units

ECP703Child Protection

EEI714Individualised Program Planning

EEI715Effective Classroom Management: Positive Learning Environments

EXE732Social Justice and Difference

Professional Experience units

EEI700Practicum Case Study

EEI716Practicum: Special Educational Needs

Elective Units

ECP711Creativity and the Arts in Childhood

EEL702New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs

ESM701Teaching Mathematics Successfully

ESP701Education and Development of Exceptional Learners

ESP703Student Welfare and Discipline Issues

Note: it is recommended that students select ESP701 and ESP703 as particularly suitable for teachers of special needs students.

Research units

EDX701Research Design Development and Method

EDX702Qualitative Research in Education

AIX708Quantitative Research

EDX703Research Paper A

EDX704Research Paper B

EDX705Minor Thesis A

EDX706Minor Thesis B

EDX707Independent Research Project for Professional Practice


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Entry requirements - specific

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.

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

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

Alternate exits

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: