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Postgraduate studies in disability

Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)

Offered at: Cloud (online)
Duration: One year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin Code: E744SP

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 8 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 individualised, inclusive educational programs into practice. The course takes into 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. workshops and seminars related to specialist/ inclusive education.

This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching for special education teachers in government schools in Victoria.

Course structure

You must successfully complete 8 credit points of study, comprising 4 credit points of core units, 2 credit points of elective units and 2 credit points of 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. workshops and seminars related to the field of specialist education.

Core units

Trimester 1
ECP703 Child Protection
EEI714 Individualised Program Planning
Trimester 2
EEI715 Effective Classroom Management: Positive Learning Environments
EXE732 Social Justice and Difference

Elective units

Trimester 1
ECP711 Creativity and The Arts in Childhood
ESM701 Teaching Mathematics Successfully
ESP701 Education and Development of Exceptional Learners
Trimester 2
EEL702 New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs
ESP703 Student Welfare and Discipline Issues

Practicum units

Trimester 1
EEI700 Practicum Case Study*^
Trimester 2
EEI716 Practicum: Special Educational Needs^#

* EEI700 includes 15 days supervised/researched-based practice (can be completed in home-based schools).
# EEI716 includes 15 days of supervised teaching and 15 days of professional development activities comprising two days related to each unit of study.
^ EEI700 and EEI716 may be completed in a specialised area, such as vision impairment, where supervision would be conducted by a by a trained specialist.

Note: For the NSW Every School: Learning and Support Scholarship participants there are two options:

  • practicum 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
  • 15 days of supervised teaching practice, ten of which must be in a different location from your usual employment.

Entry requirements

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.

For more information about the Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) contact:

Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries - Arts and Education
(03) 5227 1359

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27th February 2015