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Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)

Course summary for local students

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

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$6,050* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$16,110* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education

Tel 03 9246 8100 or 03 5227 1359

Email artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Director

Wendy Kortman, +61 3 522 71467, wendy.kortman@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

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.

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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Fees and charges

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.


Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* 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 2014, 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 2014 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.

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  


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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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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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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.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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 for 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 for credit transfer;

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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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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