Courses & Details

Program Code 12356
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
CRICOS Code 084961B
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to face on-campus and via Distance Learning.

Description

The Master of Special Education (Program Code 12356) is a Level 9 AQF compliant postgraduate Coursework program and is available for students who commence their studies from 2015.

The Master of Special Education is a coursework program intended for practising teachers and others with relevant experience who wish to gain postgraduate professional qualifications in special education. The approach used in the program blends theory and practice, with an emphasis on applying research findings to best teaching practices.

Entry to the program is possible without an initial teaching qualification, however, Australian education authorities will not recognise the Master of Special Education as a specialist teaching qualification unless an initial teaching qualification has been obtained.

This is a fee paying program. Australian students may be able to participate in the Higher Education Loans Program (FEE-HELP).

Career Opportunities

Graduates who are qualified teachers may be employed as Special Education teachers with the NSW Department of Education and Communities, other Australian state and territory public school providers, Catholic Education, and Australian independent school providers.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

AQF Level 9 Entry Pathways and Program Structures

Cognate areas include, but are not limited to Education and Special Education Non-cognate areas include but are not limited to Social work, Allied health or Public health

AQF LEVEL 6 * Cognate Advanced Diploma and min.3 yrs work experience in a Special Education setting evidenced by CV and statement of service: 160 units * Non-cognate Advanced Dip and min. 5 yrs work experience in a Special Education setting evidenced by CV and statement of service: 160 units * Advanced Dip and the Graduate Cert in Educational Studies qualify for Advanced standing and can complete 120 units

AQF LEVEL 7 * Cognate Bachelor: 120 units * Cognate Bachelor with a Major in Special Education: 80 units * Non-cognate Bachelor and a Graduate Cert or Graduate Dip in a cognate area: 120 units * Non-cognate Bachelor and min. 2 yrs work experience in a Special Education setting evidenced by CV and statement of service: 120 units * Non-cognate Bachelor with no experience working in a Special Education setting: 160 units

AQF LEVEL 8 * Cognate Bachelor Honours: 80 units * Bachelor plus a Cognate Graduate Certificate or Graduate Dip: 80 units * Non-cognate Bachelor Honours with no experience: 160 units * Bachelor plus a non-cognate Graduate Cert or Graduate Dip and no experience: 160 units * Non-cognate Bachelor Honours and min. 2 yrs work experience in a Special Education setting evidenced by CV and statement of service: 120 units * Bachelor plus a non-cognate Graduate Cert or Graduate Dip with min. 2 yrs work experience in a Special Education setting evidenced by CV and statement of service: 120 units

ADVANCED STANDING * 80 units - students receive advanced standing for 4 core courses [EDUC6204, EDUC6205, EDUC6735, EDUC6911] and 4 additional courses, dependent on their chosen specialisation * 120 units - students receive advanced standing for 4 core courses [EDUC6204, EDUC6205, EDUC6735, EDUC6911]

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that applicants have the equivalent of two years relevant teaching experience, or professional experiences related to education, or an approved alternative field, or have completed a special education strand or equivalent in their first degree.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Professional Accreditation

At this time, both the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW and Teaching Australia, are yet to endorse a set of professional standards for special education teachers. However, the content and structure of the recommended program of study at the University of Newcastle, that appears in the next section, is congruent with current NSW Department of Education and Communities requirements for special education teachers as well as international best practice in special education.

Students who already hold a recognised special education qualification are free to select any courses from across the specialisations. However, any students interested in Hearing or Vision are advised to contact the Renwick Centre prior to making course selections.

Please also refer to the RIDBC Renwick Centre Student Handbook above in the ‘Additional Information’ section.

International Students

The General Special Education specialisation is the only on-campus specialisation available to international students studying onshore at the Callaghan (Newcastle) campus. This specialisation cannot be completed fully online so is therefore not available to international students studying online from their home country.

The Early Childhood and the Emotional Disturbance/Behaviour Problems specialisations are available ONLY via Weblearn (i.e. via distance education) and are available to international students studying online from their home country. Although some of the courses in these specialisations are also offered face to face these specialisations cannot be undertaken by international students studying in Australia.

The Blind and Vision Impairment, Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Sensory Disabilities specialisations are not available to international students residing in Australia as they are offered primarily online but may require students to attend compulsory campus conferences at the Renwick Centre in Sydney, Australia.

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Students with disabilities enrolled in sensory disabilities, hearing or vision specialisations are required to contact the Renwick Centre. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service work with relevant Faculty and School officers to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Additional Information

Students undertaking study by distance education in the areas of Sensory Disabilities, Vision or Hearing may be required to attend campus conferences a the Renwick Centre in North rocks. Students should contact the Renwick Centre for information before enrolling in the courses in Sensory Disability, Hearing or Vision Impairment.

Please also refer to the RIDBC Renwick Centre 2015 Student Handbook in the ‘Additional Information’ section above.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Special Education is a 160 unit, AQF Level 9 Masters Coursework qualification.

Students are required to successfully complete 160 units of approved study to obtain the degree.  The structure of the Master of special Education provides six specialisation pathways.  Students may graduate with a Master of Special Education with specialisation in:

*  General Special Education
*  Early Childhood
*  Emotional Disturbance/Behaviour Problems
*  Sensory Disabilities
*  Bilnd and Vision Impairment
*  Deaf Hard of Hearing

It is essential that students seeking to undertake a specialisation in Sensory Disabilities, Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind/Vision Impaired contact the Renwick Centre on (02) 9872 0303 or email for program advice and course selection before enrolment.  See website http://www.ridbc.org.au/renwick.

The program may be undertaken on campus at Callaghan (general special education specialisation), at Renwick Centre (sensory, disability, hearing and vision specialisations), or through distance learning for general, early childhood, sensory disability and emotional disturbance/behaviour problems specialisations.

Transition Arrangements

Any student who commenced the non-AQF compliant Master of Special Education (10936) prior to Semester 1, 2015, and can meet the program requirements and learning outcomes of the AQF compliant version of the program without requiring the completion of additional units than the program they enrolled in, will be eligible to apply to be transitioned to the AQF compliant program.

Students who do not meet the requirements above may complete the program they commenced in. These students can also choose to apply for admission to the AQF compliant Master of Special Education (12356), and will be advised on application on credit and advanced standing available to them, dependent on prior study, other degree studies and/or RPL.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EDUC6204 Intermediate Assessment Design Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6205 Intermediate Curriculum Design Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6735 Learners, Learning and Teaching Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6911 Schooling, Identity and Society Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 40 units from Directed Courses or any other courses from within the program (Blind and Vision Impairment, Deaf and Hard of Hearing or Sensory Disbilities students only)
EDUC6001 Dis Stud: Persp on Individual, Family & Community Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6002 Disability Support & Services: Management & Eval Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6003 Planning Support in Disability Services Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6004 Collaborative Approaches in Disability Services Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6026 Minor Thesis A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6027 Minor Thesis B Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6049 Educational Research Methodology 2: Qualitative Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6050 Educational Research Methodology 1: Quantitative Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6066 Sensory Systems and Physiological Functioning Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6076 Seminar in Sensory Disability A Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6077 Seminar in Sensory Disability B Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6083 Communication Intervention Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6084 Com. Service Provision for People with Disability Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6087 Developmental Disabilities Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6164 Critical Reflection in Special Education and Disability Service Settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6857 Sign Language in Education: Theoretical Perspectives Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6858 Advanced Pedagogy in Signed Language Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6862 Listening and Spoken Language: School Age Children Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Blind and Vision Impairment

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6067 Orientation and Mobility for Educators Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6068 Curriculum and pedagogy for students with vision impairments Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6070 Literacy and numeracy development in learners with vision impairment Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6165 Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6301 Theory and Application of Technology in Vision Impairment Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6666 Inclusive and Collaborative Practice and Practicum Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6668 Foundations of Vision Impairment Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6855 Professional Experience in Sensory Disability - Extension Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6165 Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6661 Audiology for Special Educators Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6662 Speech Perception and Production of Children (Deaf/Hard of Hearing) Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6663 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Hearing and Deaf Children Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6664 Language and Literacy Assessment and Remediation Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6665 Social and Cultural Contexts of Deaf Education Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6666 Inclusive and Collaborative Practice and Practicum Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6855 Professional Experience in Sensory Disability - Extension Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

Early Childhood

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6006 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6080 Whole school approaches to supporting student behaviour Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6082 Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special Education Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6085 Education of Students with Learning Difficulties Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6086 Education of Students with Behaviour Problems Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6087 Developmental Disabilities Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6088 Teaching Methods & Techniques in Special Education Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6160 Supporting communication skills in infants and preschoolers with additional needs Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6161 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6162 Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for children 0-5 years. Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6165 Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

Emotional Disturbance/Behaviour Problems

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC4002 Meet Spec. Needs in Diverse Social & Educ. Context Trimester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (PORT_MAC)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC4063 Planning for Teaching in Special Education Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (PORT_MAC)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC4064 Assessing and Addressing Learning Difficulties Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (PORT_MAC)
10 units
EDUC4065 Supporting Behaviour Change Trimester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (PORT_MAC)
10 units
EDUC6079 Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6080 Whole school approaches to supporting student behaviour Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6081 Using Resources in Behaviour Problems Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6082 Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special Education Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6085 Education of Students with Learning Difficulties Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6086 Education of Students with Behaviour Problems Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6088 Teaching Methods & Techniques in Special Education Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6165 Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

General Special Education

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC4002 Meet Spec. Needs in Diverse Social & Educ. Context Trimester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (PORT_MAC)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC4063 Planning for Teaching in Special Education Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (PORT_MAC)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC4064 Assessing and Addressing Learning Difficulties Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (PORT_MAC)
10 units
EDUC4065 Supporting Behaviour Change Trimester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (PORT_MAC)
10 units
EDUC6080 Whole school approaches to supporting student behaviour Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6082 Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special Education Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6085 Education of Students with Learning Difficulties Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6086 Education of Students with Behaviour Problems Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6087 Developmental Disabilities Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6088 Teaching Methods & Techniques in Special Education Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6164 Critical Reflection in Special Education and Disability Service Settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6165 Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

Sensory Disabilites

Compulsory Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6164 Critical Reflection in Special Education and Disability Service Settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6165 Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6666 Inclusive and Collaborative Practice and Practicum Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 50 units from list for Sensory Disabilities specialisation only
EDUC6048 Research Methodology Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6067 Orientation and Mobility for Educators Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6068 Curriculum and pedagogy for students with vision impairments Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6113 Advanced Theory and Practice in Orientation and Mobility Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6158 Orientation and Mobility for Instructors in Training Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6258 Practicum in Orientation and Mobility Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6662 Speech Perception and Production of Children (Deaf/Hard of Hearing) Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6663 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Hearing and Deaf Children Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6664 Language and Literacy Assessment and Remediation Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6665 Social and Cultural Contexts of Deaf Education Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6667 Child Development: Family and Community Contexts Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6668 Foundations of Vision Impairment Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6669 Advanced Studies in Vision Impairment Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6855 Professional Experience in Sensory Disability - Extension Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6856 Using Signed Communication with Young Children and Families Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6859 Listening and Spoken Language: Audiological Management Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6860 Listening and Spoken Language: Foundations Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6861 Listening and Spoken Language: Early Intervention Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
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