The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Develops understanding and skills for working in early childhood settings and primary schools with children with additional needs. The course satisfies the New South Wales Government's requirement that a person seeking employment as a teacher in the NSW public education system must have completed a program containing special education content. It also addresses the 0-5 years period of child development and examines the impact of disability and developmental delay on children and their families.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss issues, attitudes and concepts relevant to the education of students with diverse needs within the social context of their early childhood setting or school;

2. Demonstrate knowledge of legislation, educational policies and provisions as well as syllabus documents relating to students with diverse needs including those with a disability;

3. Utilise a range of teaching and learning practices designed to maximise the social and learning experiences of students with diverse needs in early childhood and primary settings;

4. Develop understanding of the role of families in supporting a child with a disability and the role of the teacher as a collaborative participant in developing effective educational programs; and

5. Demonstrate awareness of the impact of additional needs on children 0-12 years of age.



  • Diverse needs and inclusive practices
  • Legislation, policy and educational services in NSW pre-schools and schools.
  • Individual goals + learning support plans
  • Play skills, assessing and addressing delays in social/emotional skills
  • Implementing reasonable adjustments to meet specific learning needs
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Assessing and addressing delays in literacy/numeracy skills
  • Development of skills for collaborating with families and other professionals
  • Encouraging positive interactions
  • Transitions
  • Resources to support inclusion


To enrol in this course, students must meet the teacher education admission milestones, if commencing a teaching program from commencement of 2016.

Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of - Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or - 80 units of UoN courses or - Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or - Commencement in the program pre 2016

Assessment items

Journal: Learning Journal

In Term Test: In term test

Presentation: Presenting on research topic

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks