The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course will develop knowledge of school and systemic contexts which impact upon service delivery in special education. Specifically, students will examine the range of settings for special education, ethical, legal and interpersonal issues which must be considered, and the range of curriculum content available to students with special educational needs in diverse contexts.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. discuss the various contexts for special education and the various legal ethical and interpersonal issues which impact on special education provisions in these settings

2. identify and discuss curriculum options across primary and secondary KLAs as they pertain to students with special needs

3. relate this curriculum diversity to the programming and teaching models introduced in accompanying special education course


  • What is Special Education?
  • Legislation and policies in special education
  • Professional ethics
  • Definition, labeling and enrolment
  • Curriculum Issues: overview of special education in the KLA framework
  • Stages 1-3 curriculum issues
  • Stages 4-6 curriculum issues
  • Alternative curriculum and assessment
  • Health and safety issues
  • Controversial issues
  • Transitions and community services
  • Interpersonal skills and communication


Students must have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in EDUC3026, and one of EDUC3185, EDUC3186, EDUC3195 or EDUC3196 to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenario/PBL Exercises

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Face to Face On Campus 16 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 16 hour(s) per Term Full Term