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|Award granted||Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)|
|Campus||This course is only offered off campus|
|Length||1 year part time|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2014||No fees defined|
IELTS band score of 7 (with no band less than 7) and speaking and listening of 7.5
|Deakin course code||E744SP|
|Faculty contacts||Deakin International|
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
(i) Continuing students who enrolled prior to 2013 are asked to contact Wendy Kortman, Course Director OR the Faculty Student Support Office for re-enrolment advice.
(ii) This course is accredited by Victorian Institute of Teaching for specialist teaching positions.
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 off campus 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.
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
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.
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:
|EEI714||Individualised Program Planning|
|EXE732||Social Justice and Difference|
|EEI715||Effective Classroom Management: Positive Learning Environments|
Two elective units from:
|ESP701||Education and Development of Exceptional Learners|
|ESM701||Teaching Mathematics Successfully|
|ECP711||Creativity and the Arts in Childhood|
|EEL702||New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs|
|ESP703||Student Welfare and Discipline Issues|
Two practicum units:
|EEI700||Practicum Case Study|
|EEI716||Practicum: Special Educational Needs *|
(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);
b) 15 days of supervised teaching practice, ten of which must be in a different location to your usual employment.
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.
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.
The normal minimum educational requirement is four years of tertiary study inclusive of approved teacher training, for example, a four-year Bachelor of Education or a degree plus Bachelor of Teaching or equivalent. Candidates with a three year initial teaching qualification who have satisfactorily completed a Graduate Certificate of Education at credit level or higher may be eligible to enrol directly into the Master of Education.
Teachers requiring Victorian Institute of Teaching registration for employment purposes must hold an approved teaching qualification prior to commencing this course.
Special entry is also available, assessed at the time of application.
IELTS / English language requirements
An applicant for registration as a teacher must meet the standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language.
If you completed all four years of the higher education study required for registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, you will meet the requirements for English language competence.
For International students: If you did not complete all four years of the higher education study you are presenting for consideration for registration as outlined above, you will be required to undertake one of the approved English language tests.
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.
Applications for credit transfer will be considered as follows:
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.
|Graduate Certificate of Education (E500)|
|Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Educational Needs) (E544)|