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Graduate Certificate of Specialist Inclusive Education

Postgraduate coursework

Uncover how to make learning accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities. Secure support roles in inclusive education and help effect change.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year part-time

Locations

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2024 close 25 February 2024

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Course overview

If you’re passionate about creating a more inclusive tomorrow, the Graduate Certificate of Specialist Inclusive Education is perfect for you. This specialist course will introduce you to the tools teachers use to make learning accessible to students of all backgrounds and abilities, while bringing you up to speed on current industry challenges. Gain the knowledge and skills required to secure support roles in inclusive education, where you will help effect important and much-needed progress to make education across the sectors inclusive for all.

Change starts in the classroom. Are you ready to lead the charge?

This course responds to a growing demand for a more inclusive education system by providing those who work in education with the skills to foster more supportive and accessible environments. It focuses on building your capacities to support teaching and encourages you to reflect on each student’s unique strengths.

Key study areas include:

  • engaging with and understanding what diversity and intersectionality means
  • analysing the goals, purpose and challenges of a heterogenous classroom
  • creating positive learning environments aligned with strong social justice principles.

You will also choose from a range of electives designed to complement your specialist knowledge and skills, such as in supporting gifted individuals, arts-based practices, or in education governance and policy.

Deakin maintains close links with the education sector – including the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) and Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) – to ensure our courses are developed and reviewed with industry and professional input. You’ll be taught by staff with experience in the sector who are recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields, so you can be confident that the skills and expertise you learn at Deakin reflect the cutting edge of industry practice and will be highly valued by employers.

In addition, the course is delivered entirely via Deakin’s premium online learning platform, meaning you can further your knowledge while you work, and simultaneously put your learning into practice by exploring a digitally accessible environment.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Specialist Inclusive Education
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
E544
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To be awarded a Graduate Certificate of Specialist Inclusive Education, students must successfully complete 3 credit points of core units, 1 course elective and

  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    3

    Core units

    1

    Elective unit

    4

    Total units

    Core units

  • Social Justice and Difference
  • Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Effective Classroom Management: Positive Learning Environments
  • Course Electives

  • Creativity and the Arts
  • Education and Development of Exceptional Learners
  • Child Protection
  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Supporting Communication in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Educational Context, Policy and Leadership in Challenging Times
  • EEL702 New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs [No longer available for enrolment]

    ESP707 Psychology in Education [No longer available for enrolment]

    ESM701 Teaching Mathematics Successfully [No longer available for enrolment]

    ECM711 Education Governance and Policy [No longer available for enrolment]

    ECM712 Education Leadership in Changing Times [No longer available for enrolment]

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

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    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • at least two years' relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0) speaking and listening 7.5
    • TOEFL iBT: minimum overall score of 102 (with minimum score of 24 in reading and speaking, 27 in listening and writing)
    • PTE Academic: minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65) speaking and listening 73

    English-speaking education:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a recognised English-speaking country or completion of DUELI English for Teaching program, with a WAM of 60

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    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $2,222 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
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    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    On completion of the Graduate Certificate of Specialist Inclusive Education, an entry pathway into the Master of Specialist Inclusive Education is available for students holding existing Australian teaching qualification.

    Pathways from Graduate Certificate of Specialist Inclusive Education into other School of Education programs are also be available depending on the program’s entry prerequisites. For example, students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Specialist Inclusive Education but do not possess Australian teaching qualifications are able to pursue such qualification via entry into the Bachelor of Education or A Master of Teaching. Entry into the Master Teaching (Secondary) is dependent on students having a relevant undergraduate degree to meet the VIT Specialist guidelines to qualify with at least one curriculum area of teaching.

    Contact information

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    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Graduate with the skills to help foster inclusivity across a range of educational settings, including in roles such as a:

    • disability inclusion facilitator
    • educational assistant (integration aid)
    • Koorie engagement support officer
    • diverse learner hub coach

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT'

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise inclusive education theoretical foundations and practices, and create and apply specialist pedagogies, curriculum and assessments across a range of educational contexts.

    Communication

    Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise inclusive education theoretical foundations and practices, and create and apply specialist pedagogies, curriculum and assessments across a range of educational contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate high quality, credible, adaptive digital resources to support equitable access, participation and engagement in learning for all students.

    Critical thinking

    Understand the interrelationship between philosophies, theories and practices of inclusive education to inform strategies that advance equitable access and positive learning outcomes for students and complex learning partnerships.

    Problem solving

    Identify and apply professional and ethical judgement to realise creative, positive and inclusive solutions to complex teaching and learning problems across a range of learning partnerships.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate critically reflective practice and ongoing professional learning to support the development of inclusive communities of practice, cross-disciplinary dialogue and scholarship.

    Teamwork

    Collaborate and contribute to learning partnerships and multidisciplinary teams across a range of diverse contexts to advance the inclusive learning and development of all learners.

    Global citizenship

    Review national and international practice and theory of inclusive education in relation to legal, ethical and policy frameworks to address issues of equity and social justice across diverse communities in a global context.

    Approved by Faculty Board July 2017

    * U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023
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