Specialist inclusive education


Explore the fundamental philosophy of inclusion within school education systems. Learn how to enhance the skills of teachers and other professionals involved in developing positive learning environments and rich educational opportunities for students with diverse educational needs.

Master of Specialist Inclusive Education: offered fully online, study and learn anywhere
Professional Recognition: The Master of Specialist Inclusive Education program is endorsed by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Career opportunities

If you're already a qualified primary or secondary school teacher, the Master of Specialist Inclusive Education gives you the opportunity to teach these specialised methods in special schools by meeting the Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Learn from the experts

Study with us and you’ll be learning from Deakin's expert education staff. As active researchers in the field, they're committed to making a positive impact on education in Australia and around the world.


We've developed strong partnerships with education communities, governments and research institutions, which all serve to develop your contacts and workplace learning programs in the sector.

Research with us

Harness and bring your original thoughts on inclusion in the education system to the wider community – and we'll help you deliver them with a higher degree by research.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

2017-2018 Diverse Impacts and Alliances

A Faculty-funded affiliate research group, led by Ben Whitburn, involving School of Education academics, Deakin Alliance schools, community members and support organizations in order to identify local issues pertaining to educational marginalisation.

Our community

We've got links with a number of industry partners, including:

  • the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET);
  • Victoria Institute of Teaching;
  • Deakin University Teaching Academies & Alliances;
  • the Australian Association for Research in Education Inclusive Education Special Interest Group;
  • international universities such as the University of Sheffield (UK), Aarhus University (Denmark) and the University of Waikato (NZ).


Students of Deakin’s Master of Specialist Inclusive Education may be eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Department of Education and Training's Inclusive Education Grant initiative, which aims to strengthen the capacity of teachers, schools and regions to provide high-quality inclusive education to students with disabilities and/or additional learning needs.

Learn more and find out how to apply

Deakin's 15% postgraduate bursary

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.  Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.


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