Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special Education

Course code EDUC6082Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Examines policy, administration and collaboration in special education including the development and implementation of policy and procedures, leadership skills, professional ethics, curriculum development, and program management. Interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate positive outcomes both for students with special needs and teachers will be examined in the context of special educators as potential change agents in the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. understand family perspectives and collaborative and co-teaching practices;
2. demonstrate reflective listening skills, conflict resolution and negotiation skills and understand the role of whole-school social and emotional learning programs in promoting student wellbeing;
3. discuss the application of these skills in working with children, adults and other professionals;
4. overview policy and legislation in Special Education and its relationship to Special Education services and Australian education reform; and
5. describe Special Education curriculum and support approaches.
- Introduction to interpersonal skills;
- Non-verbal communication and listening skills;
- Interviewing;
- Conflict resolution and negotiation skills;
- Working with parents;
- Collaborative consultation in schools;

- Legislation and Special Education;
- Enrolment and placement in Special Education;
- Politics, education and Special Education policy;
- Training and professional development issues;
- Professional ethics;
- Curriculum and support issues.
Replacing Course(s)Nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeTwo years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical Review of one of the topics on interpersonal skills, near end of semester.
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical Analysis of a policy document, in first half of semester
Group/tutorial participation and contributionOriginal postings and on-line interactive responses to trigger questions across the semester
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6082