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Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)
Deakin course code E744SP

Notes:

(i) 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.

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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

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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.

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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

EEI714 Individualised Program Planning  

ECP703 Child Protection  


Trimester 2
EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

EEI715 Effective Classroom Management: Positive Learning Environments  


and


Two elective units from:
Trimester 1

ESP701 Education and Development of Exceptional Learners  

ESM701 Teaching Mathematics Successfully  

ECP711 Creativity and the Arts in Childhood  


Trimester 2

EEL702 New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs  

ESP703 Student Welfare and Discipline Issues  


and


Two practicum units:
Trimester 1

EEI700 Practicum Case Study  

Trimester 2
EEI716 Practicum: 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.

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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.

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Alternate exits

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

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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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