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Master of Special and Inclusive Education

Course Information

Next intake for Master of Special and Inclusive Education

Next intake

Aug 2024

Duration for Master of Special and Inclusive Education

Duration

Part-time - 16 months

Full-time - 12 months*

Mode of delivery for Master of Special and Inclusive Education

Mode of delivery

Blended; program may comprise of:
• Lectures
• Group Activities
• Workshops and/or Laboratories
• Online Resources
• Consultations

Assessment for Master of Special and Inclusive Education

Assessment

Coursework & Written Exams

*Full-time Program is currently unavailable

Where can a Master of Special and Inclusive Education take you?

If you believe that enriched learning experiences shape us, regardless of our capabilities or circumstances, then the Master of Special and Inclusive Education is for you. The program offers educators and other professionals working in special or inclusive education or disability sectors, the opportunity to develop specialised skills and advanced knowledge to support children and adolescents with additional needs. The program focuses your skills and builds your qualifications, knowledge and understanding to teach and support students in special or inclusive settings.

The program is suitable for regular teachers working within inclusive contexts and also for teachers who wish to gain additional qualifications with a view to employment as a special education teacher. The program will enable qualified allied health professionals to understand and utilise educational strategies to assist children and adolescents with additional needs.

Combining the latest research with practical coursework will 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. The program provides theoretical and practical skills so you can cultivate a rich learning environment for students facing unique challenges, supported by your specialised skills in diversity programming and adjusted learning activities which support individual students.

 

Why Study With Us?

Quality teaching Model
A framework highlighting three key concepts, or dimensions, of teaching that make a difference for student outcomes, backed by robust evidence
Ideal program for many professions
The Master of Special and Inclusive Education provides opportunities for both teachers and health-related professions working with children and adolescents with additional needs
Be recognised internationally
The University of Newcastle's School of Education is ranked in the World's Top 175 for Education
Become an industry expert
You'll graduate with a high-level understanding of students with additional needs and possess the ability to create a supportive learning environment
Work anywhere in the world
In an environment where teachers and professionals with special education qualifications are in demand globally you will stand out at the forefront of your profession

What You Will Study In
Master of Inclusive and Special Education

What You Will Study In Master of Special & Inclusive Education

Course Requirements

To complete the program, students must pass modules totalling 80 units.
Consisting of 30 units of core modules, 30 units of compulsory modules and 20 units of directed modules.
 
Each module is 10 units unless stated otherwise.

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

  • EDUC6085 Education of Students with Learning Difficulties
  • EDUC6088 Teaching Methods and Techniques in Special and Inclusive Education
  • EDUC6165 Research in Inclusive Education

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

  • EDUC6082 Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special and Inclusive Education
  • EDUC6086 Introduction to Challenging Behaviour and Positive Support
  • EDUC6087 Educating Students with Development Diversity

(Select 2 out of 8)
The availability of directed courses varies by trimester. Applicants should always check with their program consultant prior to application.

  • EDUC6079 Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems
  • EDUC6080 Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour
  • EDUC6081 Using Resources in Behaviour Problems
  • EDUC6160 Supporting Communication Skills
  • EDUC6161 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention
  • EDUC6162 Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years
  • EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention
  • EDUC6164 Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings

Course Learning Outcomes

The understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with expert judgement, adaptability, and responsibility in order to tech students of diverse abilities
Demonstrated advanced and integrated understanding of applied theory and pedagogy to support learning and behaviour
Critically reflected on current research, interpreted and applied evidence-based strategies to teaching practice
Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning
Demonstrated mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice, 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
Communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability

Entry Requirements

MINIMUM ACADEMIC LEVEL

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field;
    or
  • A Bachelor Honours Degree in a relevant field;
    or
  • Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma (in a relevant field) where minimum entry requirements must be a minimum of bachelor degree;
    or
  • Successful completion of the UON Graduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Support;
    or
  • At least 30 years old with 8 years of relevant work experience in a related field/discipline*

Related fields/discipline areas are: Teaching, Early Childhood educator, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social worker, Mental health care worker, Disability support worker, Community care worker, Art and Music therapy

 

MINIMUM LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

  • Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Duration

Teaching Mode & Frequency Total Contact Hours
Classes for each module may be conducted in
block teaching mode (eg. over 2 weekends + online)
or weekly (i.e. Part-time - 2 days x 3 hours or
Full-time* - 5 days x 3 hours)
Part-time/Full-time* – 24 hours/module x
8 modules (192 hours)

Fees

Fees are subjected to prevailing Goods and Service Tax (GST) and are payable on a modular basis before commencement of Trimester. The fees include all course materials but exclude textbooks (if applicable). Refer here for other miscellaneous fees.

Our Lecturers

Our programs are enhanced by a committed team of full- and part-time academic staff with extensive experience in both academia and industry. They provide students with insightful knowledge, help them get ready for the workforce, and contribute to the development of the next generation of global leaders.

Career Opportunities

For those with a teaching qualification, 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. By pursuing the Master of Special and Inclusive Education, 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 in community or disability services.

Upon completion of the program, qualified teachers will have the opportunity to embark on career pathways in special or inclusive education settings or early childhood intervention services.

Non teaching roles include:

Education Administrator

Learning Support Officer

Policy Officer

Career pathways for those with an allied health degree include:

Developmental Support Worker

Special Care Worker

Therapeutic Support Staff

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FAQ

What type of student is the Master of Special & Inclusive Education program designed for?

The Master of Special & Inclusive Education program at Newcastle Australia Institute of Higher Education is suitable for regular teachers working within inclusive contexts and for those who wish to gain additional qualifications with a view to employment as a special education teacher. The program will also enable qualified allied health professionals to understand and utilise educational strategies to assist children and adolescents with additional needs.

What topics are covered in the Master of Special & Inclusive Education program?

Combining the latest research with practical coursework, the program will ensure students are equipped to implement a range of evidence-based approaches and strategies to address student needs and promote students’ learning and social functioning. Students will learn about how to educate students with learning difficulties, teaching methods and techniques in special and inclusive education, and more.

What qualifications do I need to apply for the Master of Special & Inclusive Education program?

To apply for the Master of Special & Inclusive Education program, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a relevant discipline or an Honours Bachelor degree, Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in any discipline. Students who have successfully completed UON Graduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Support program may also apply. In addition, individuals of minimum 30 years old and 8 years relevant organisational experience may also be considered.

Students with other qualifications may seek advice from our Education Consultants.

What is the maximum duration for the Master of Special & Inclusive Education program?

The maximum program duration for postgraduate coursework program of 80 units is 4 years. For more information, please refer to https://policies.newcastle.edu.au/document/view-current.php?id=108. However, students may also complete it earlier if they choose to take the maximum number of modules offered where applicable, or if they receive credit exemptions for modules completed at another tertiary institution that is recognised by the University.

Please contact our Education Consultants for an assessment or for further enquiries.

What is the teacher-student ratio for the Master of Special & Inclusive Education program?

The teacher-student ratio for the Master of Special & Inclusive Education program is 1:50.

What type of career opportunities are available to graduates of the Master of Special & Inclusive Education program?

Upon completion of the program, qualified teachers will have the opportunity to embark on career pathways in special or inclusive education settings or early childhood intervention services. Graduates with a prior degree in an allied health-related field can also explore opportunities in the community or disability services. Other non-teaching roles also include educational adminstrator, learning support officer and policy officer.

Scholarships and Study Grants

Scholarships for organisations and up to 50% of study grants are available.
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