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Overview

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Special and Inclusive Education has been established to offer educators and other professionals working in inclusive education or disability sectors, a distinct opportunity to develop specialised skills and advanced knowledge to support children and adolescents with additional needs.

The Master of Special and Inclusive Education combines the latest research with practical coursework to ensure you are equipped to implement a range of evidence-based approaches and strategies to address student needs and promote students’ learning and social functioning.

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40123

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096167E

Program Code

40123

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Is It For You?

Enriched learning experiences are the things that shape us, regardless of our capabilities or circumstances. You are a champion of this idea. You might be thinking that you could expand your learning and expertise to specialise as a leader with the skillset to teach students with disabilities or with learning or behavioural problems. The Master of Special and Inclusive Education focuses your skills and builds your qualifications, knowledge and understanding to teach and support students with additional needs or disabilities in special or inclusive education settings.

This program provides a wealth of opportunity for teachers and health-related professionals alike; those working with children and adolescents with additional needs. The course provides theoretical and practical skills so you can cultivate a rich learning environment for students facing unique challenges, supported by your increased and specialised skills in diversity programming and adjusted learning activities that are as individual as your students.

What You Will Learn

Driven entirely by your passion for supporting the learning outcomes of those less able than their peers, your journey through the Master of Special and Inclusive Education will cover a range of general and specialised courses. Coursework that develops your skills to progress the learning and participation of students with additional needs or diagnosed disabilities will result in leadership potential in your chosen field.

This program will have immeasurable value for those in the teaching and learning sector. Yet the opportunities are also available to you if you have a background in allied health sectors such as Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, and Social Work, to name just a few.

Specialisations

You will be able to specialise your studies in one of four key areas including:

  • General special education*
  • Early childhood
  • Emotional disturbance/Behaviour problems
  • Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

*Please note: International Student Visa holders must study the General Special Education specialisation. All online students are able to choose from one of the four key areas.

Drawing on special education courses from the other specialisations in the Master of Special and Inclusive Education, the general special education specialisation provides an opportunity to diversify and deepen your understanding across a range of areas including education of students with learning difficulties and behaviour problems and understanding developmental disabilities.

The early childhood specialisation provides an in-depth understanding of the theoretical, social and cultural drivers behind the development and education of young children with special needs. You will explore a range of contemporary issues in early childhood prevention and intervention including working collaboratively with families and other professionals to develop programs and strategies that support the learning, social-emotional and communication skills of young children.

The emotional disturbance/behaviour problems specialisation will see you explore policy and administration issues, learn how to assess, program and intervene in behaviour problems, and master the teaching methods and techniques to educate students with behaviour problems.

The deaf studies deaf education specialisation will prepare you to support and teach children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing in early intervention programs, as an itinerant teacher of the deaf, in specialised units/facilities, and in a school for the deaf setting. It will also provide you with the foundation required to be mentored as an auditory-verbal therapist/educator.

All four specialisations include a focus on special and inclusive teaching methods and techniques and the design and application of research to practice.

The framework of this program has been based on the NSW Department of Education requirements for special education teachers.

Where Will It Take You?

By completing this Master of Special and Inclusive Education, you are positioning yourself as an expert in the area of special needs learning outcomes, whether that focus is on face-to-face education and support, curriculum development, working with families or executive leadership in teaching and learning for students with additional needs. As a special education teacher, or regular educator working in inclusive contexts, you will be proficiently equipped with skills and knowledge to assess student needs and abilities and to address identified learning difficulties or challenge-specific areas. Your learning journey will empower you to apply research-based strategies to your curriculum or professional context.

For graduates with a prior degree in an allied health related field – you can be part of a brighter future. You will be equipped with the insight to understand the impacts of deficit or disability in a student’s social, physical and academic functioning and of the educational strategies that can contribute to their ongoing development.

Entry Requirements

The University of Newcastle’s application process is designed to be easy. Most of your application can be processed online, and for the rest, we are here to assist you to get yourself enrolled and ready to build yourself up to the next level as seamlessly as possible. Below is an overview of what is required and what should be uploaded as part of your application.

If you have any questions, or want to discuss prior learning, the best thing to do is give us a call or email.

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Special and Inclusive Education program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

Applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • 3-year Bachelor Degree in education/teaching, psychology, disability studies, health related field or a related discipline, plus 1 year experience working in a relevant field
  • Bachelor Honours Degree in education/teaching, psychology, disability studies, health related field or a related discipline
  • 4-year Bachelor Degree in education/teaching
  • Graduate Certificate in a relevant field
  • Diploma in education/teaching with a minimum of 10 years teaching experience

If you would like your work experience to be considered, please provide a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 40123
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 096167E
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

The Master of Special and Inclusive Education is a coursework program intended for practising teachers and others with relevant experience in prevention and intervention services who wish to gain postgraduate professional qualifications in special and inclusive education. The program blends theory, research and practice, with an emphasis on applying evidence-based approaches to support the learning and development of students with additional needs and those at risk.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor Honours Degree in education/teaching, psychology, disability studies, allied health or a related discipline

OR

4-year Bachelor Degree in education/teaching

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Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a relevant field

OR

3-year Bachelor Degree in education/teaching, psychology, disability studies, allied health or a related discipline, plus 1 year experience working in a relevant field including:

· CV outlining relevant work experience in a relevant field; and

· Statement(s) of Service confirming one (1) year of experience in a relevant field

OR

Advanced Diploma or Diploma in education/teaching with a minimum of 10 years teaching experience, including:

· CV outlining relevant educational experience; and

Statement(s) of Service for ten (10) years minimum

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Special and Inclusive Education is an 80 unit, AQF Level 9 Masters Coursework qualification.

Students are required to successfully complete 80 units of approved study to obtain the degree.  The structure of the Master of Special Education provides four specialisation pathways.  Students may graduate with a Master of Special and Inclusive Education with specialisation in:

  • General Special Education  - consisting of 30 units of core courses, 30 units of compulsory courses and 20 units of directed courses
  • Early Childhood - consisting of 30 units of core courses, 40 units of compulsory courses and 10 units of directed courses
  • Emotional Disturbance/Behaviour Problems  - consisting of 30 units of core courses, 40 units of compulsory courses and 10 units of directed courses
  • Deaf Studies and Deaf Education -  consisting of 30 units of core courses and 50 units of compulsory courses

Please note: International Student Visa holders must study the General Special Education specialisation.

All online students are able to choose from one of the four key areas.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6085 Education of Students with Learning Difficulties Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6088 Teaching Methods and Techniques in Special and Inclusive Education Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6165 Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units

Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6052 Introduction to Hearing, Audiology, and Assistive Listening Technology Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6053 Understanding How Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learn Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6054 Speech and Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6055 Language and Literacy of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6056 Pedagogical Practices for Teachers of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units

Early Childhood

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6160 Supporting Communication Skills Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6161 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6162 Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 10 units from the list to fulfil the requirements for this Specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6052 Introduction to Hearing, Audiology, and Assistive Listening Technology Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6053 Understanding How Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learn Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6079 Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6080 Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6081 Using Resources in Behaviour Problems Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6082 Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special and Inclusive Education Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6086 Education of Students with Behaviour Problems Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6087 Education Students with Developmental Disabilities Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6116 Sustaining Strategic Leadership Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6164 Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units

Emotional Disturbance/Behaviour Problems

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6079 Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6080 Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6081 Using Resources in Behaviour Problems Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6086 Education of Students with Behaviour Problems Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 10 units from the list to fulfil the requirements for this Specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6052 Introduction to Hearing, Audiology, and Assistive Listening Technology Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6053 Understanding How Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learn Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6087 Education Students with Developmental Disabilities Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6116 Sustaining Strategic Leadership Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6160 Supporting Communication Skills Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6161 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6162 Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6164 Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

General Special Education

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6082 Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special and Inclusive Education Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6086 Education of Students with Behaviour Problems Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6087 Education Students with Developmental Disabilities Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the list to fulfil the requirements for this Specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6052 Introduction to Hearing, Audiology, and Assistive Listening Technology Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6053 Understanding How Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learn Semester 1 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6079 Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6080 Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6081 Using Resources in Behaviour Problems Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6116 Sustaining Strategic Leadership Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6160 Supporting Communication Skills Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6161 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6162 Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6164 Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional Information

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with expert judgement, adaptability, and responsibility in order to teach students of diverse abilities in inclusive or special education settings
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have demonstrated advanced and integrated understanding of applied theory and pedagogy to support learning and behaviour in inclusive or special education settings
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have critically reflected on current research, interpreted and applied evidence-based strategies to teaching practice in inclusive or special education settings
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • On successful completion of this program in the context of Special and Inclusive Education students will have demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability

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, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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 adjustments 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. More information is available online

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 unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

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