Special needs education



Study specialised teaching at Deakin and learn how to address the needs of teachers and other professionals involved in the education of students with special educational needs. You'll also examine the fundamental philosophy of inclusion for people with disabilities and impairments within school education systems.

Learn from the experts

Study with us and you’ll be learning from Deakin's expert education staff. As active researchers in the field, they're committed to making a positive impact on education in Australia and around the world.


We've developed strong partnerships with education communities, governments and research institutions, which all serve to develop your contacts and workplace learning programs in the sector.

Special needs education courses

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Research with us

Harness and bring your original thoughts on inclusion in the education system to the wider community – and we'll help you deliver them with a higher degree by research.

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Recent Deakin research

Accessibility and autonomy preconditions to 'our' inclusion: a grounded theory study of the experiences of secondary students with vision impairment

Ben Whitburn captures vision-impaired students' voiced experiences of their schooling through face-to-face interviews to develop a substantive theory that's grounded in the collected data.

Our community

We've got links with a number of industry partners, including:

  • Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM)
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • International Centre for Classroom Research, University of Melbourne
  • various schools
  • universities in Germany, Sweden and Mexico.

Career opportunities

If you're already a qualified primary or secondary school teacher, the Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) gives you the opportunity to teach these specialised methods in special schools by meeting the Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements.

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