Specialist inclusive education

Explore the fundamental philosophy of inclusion within school education systems. Learn how to address the needs of teachers and other professionals involved in the education of students with disabilities and impairments.

Master of Education (Special Educational Needs): offered fully online, study and learn anywhere

Professional Recognition: endorsed by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

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.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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.

Education - special education needs

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.

Learn more about researching with us

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.

Browse other disciplines within education and teaching

Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.

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