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.

Get work-ready

If you're already a qualified primary or secondary school teacher, our specialist inclusive education courses give you the tools and skills to be able teach these specialised methods in 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, masters 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.

Career opportunities

The specialist inclusive education program prepares graduates to take a critically reflective, research-oriented approach to their practice while opening up pathways to pursue higher degree research studies.

The Master of Specialist Inclusive Education enables 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 educational settings in Australia and overseas.

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Heightening equity in education so that it can be responsive to the needs of all students across sectors is significant for building more inclusive communities.

Dr Ben Whitburn

Senior Lecturer in Education (Inclusive Education)


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. The initiative 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

Industry partners

We have links with a number of industry partners, including the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET), Victorian Institute of Teaching, Deakin University Teaching Academies & Alliances and the Australian Association for Research in Education Inclusive Education Special Interest Group, as well as international universities such as the University of Sheffield (UK), Aarhus University (Denmark) and the University of Waikato (NZ).

Learn from the experts

Learn with a team of industry experts who are change agents in their field and are dedicated to improving the quality of learning to make a positive impact on education in Australia and around the world.

Research with us

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.

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*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 winner
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2020 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)