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.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score overall 7.0, no band less than 7.0, speaking and listening 7.5.


1 year part-time


Current Deakin Students

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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’ll 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

2023 course information

Deakin code
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 AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    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
  • (ECM720 replaces ECM712 from 2023)
  • 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 - additional information

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

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which 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 you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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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.


    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.


    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.


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


    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