Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Provides an introduction to the range of instructional strategies available to educators working with students with special needs. Issues considered include the translation of research into practice, the relationship of emerging approaches to integration and inclusion; individualised, small and large group instruction, and the contribution of efficacy studies to the field.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explore the theory, research and implementation of a range of teaching approaches used in special education, in the context of other variables such as educational settings, resourcing issues and emerging policy directions in the area.

2. Discuss the theoretical basis for and current research directions around the demonstrated evidence-based practice or teaching strategy used in special education and related fields, and the concomitant relationships between theory and practice.

3. Evaluate the role and impact of secondary variables that influence program delivery in special education, such as inclusion policies and resourcing issues.


The Context of Special Education:

  1. Inclusive Curriculum
  2. Response to Intervention
  3. Universal Design for Learning
  4. Evidence-Based Practice in Special Education
  5. Progress Monitoring: Curriculum Based Assessment and Currriculum-Based Measurement

Issues in the delivery of teaching and learning

  1. Using Technology to meet diverse needs
  2. Teaching for Generalisation and the importance of feedback

Stimulus Control and Consequential Approaches

  1. Applied Behaviour Analysis
  2. Explicit Teaching, Direct Instruction and Mastery Learning

Cognitive and Metacognitive Approaches

  1. Strategy Instruction

Social Emphasis Approaches

  1. Reciprocal Teaching, Peer Tutoring, Co-operative Learning

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1 50%

Written Assignment: Assignment 2 50%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.