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Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)

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Award granted Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year part time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015No fees defined
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score of 7 (with no band less than 7) and speaking and listening of 7.5

Deakin course code E744SP
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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(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

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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Career opportunities

The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) has been designed to enable qualified primary or secondary teachers to meet the Department of Education and Training requirements for employment related to special educational needs across a range of school settings, including special schools, special developmental schools and mainstream settings, in both Australia and overseas.

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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  


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  


Two practicum units:
Trimester 1

EEI700 Practicum Case Study  

Trimester 2
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.

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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.


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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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

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Entry requirements - specific

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
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.

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Credit for prior learning - general

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.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered as follows:

  • Applicants who have completed graduate certificate/graduate diploma/masters units at a fifth-year level (in addition to four-year minimum entry requirements) are eligible to apply for up to 4 credit points of credit transfer;
  • Applicants who have completed modules with assessment through the Victorian Professional Development Network (in addition to four-year minimum entry requirements) are eligible to apply for up to 2 credit points of credit transfer;

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How to apply

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.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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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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