Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)
Campus
Cloud (online)No
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeE744SP

Notes:

(i) Pipelining course from 2015. Continuing students who enrolled prior to 2013 are asked to contact Wendy Kortman, Course Director OR the Faculty Student Services Office for re-enrolment advice.

(ii) This course is accredited by Victorian Institute of Teaching for specialist teaching positions.

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 eight credit points taken over one year 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.

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 which is available at: Further information

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Education (E500)
Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Educational Needs) (E544)

Teaching methods

Students receive instructional materials through CloudDeakin, CD-ROM and website links as well as some print materials. Interaction with lecturers is also provided through use of CloudDeakin, email and telephone communication.

Articulation

The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) can articulate directly, with four course work units of credit to a Masters course with a research component.

Masters courses require a research component to lead to a Doctor of Philosophy.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

Note: Continuing students who enrolled prior to 2013 are asked to contact the course director for course rule advice.

To be awarded a Master of Education (Special Educational Needs), students are required to successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising 4 core, 2 elective and 2 practicum units.

The practicum units can be taken across a range of settings. The requirements for these units comprise 15 days of supervised teaching experience, a supervised research based case study (15 days or equivalent) and 15 days of professional development activities e.g. seminars related to the field of specialist education.

Course structure

Note: Continuing students who enrolled prior to 2013 are asked to contact the course director for course structure advice.

For students commencing from 2013:

Four compulsory core units:
Trimester 1

EEI714Individualised Program Planning

ECP703Child Protection


Trimester 2
EXE732Social Justice and Difference

EEI715Effective Classroom Management: Positive Learning Environments

and

Two elective units from:
Trimester 1

ESP701Education and Development of Exceptional Learners

ESM701Teaching Mathematics Successfully

ECP711Creativity and the Arts in Childhood

Trimester 2

EEL702New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs

ESP703Student Welfare and Discipline Issues

and

Two practicum units:
Trimester 1

EEI700Practicum Case Study

Trimester 2
EEI716Practicum: Special Educational Needs *

Notes:
(i) EEI700 includes 15 days supervised/researched based  practice (can be completed in home based schools).
(ii) EEI716 includes 15 days of supervised teaching and 15 days of Professional Development activities comprising two days of PD related to each unit of study.
(iii) EEI700 and EEI716 may also be completed in a specialized area such as vision and hearing impairment where supervision would be conducted by a trained specialist.

* For the NSW ‘Every School: Learning and Support Scholarship’ participants there are two options:

a) to be conducted in your own school as a leadership and research project, related to the field, that is implemented and concluded with a report of the findings (equivalent to 15 days);

OR

b) 15 days of supervised teaching practice, ten of which must be in a different location to your usual employment.


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: tania.harvey@deakin.edu.au
 

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