The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores features of inclusive and collaborative practice in early intervention and school-age programming for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), and/or blind or have low vision (B/VI). The combination of knowledges and perspectives required to implement helpful, individualized child-parent support that nurtures and promotes a child's independent learning is discussed. Current and future challenges to the development and functionality of inclusive and collaborative programming are examined and priorities for practice considered.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the social justice concepts and principles underlying the inclusive and collaborative practice.

2. Outline criteria for appraisal of adjustments and accommodations to curriculum, assessment, teaching strategies, and learning environments that meet the needs of learners with sensory impairments.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of collaborative teamwork to maximise learning of children with unique capacities and needs.


Topics will include:

  1. Inclusive and collaborative principles, policies and practice.
  2. Inclusive and collaborative leadership.
  3. Collaborative networks and teamwork.
  4. Inclusive adjustments, accommodations and strategies.
  5. Transitions: early intervention and early schooling, secondary school and adulthood.
  6. Assessment of inclusive and collaborative practice.
  7. Enhancing social interactions and inclusive behaviours.
  8. Technologies that enhance inclusive and collaborative practice.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).

Assumed knowledge

Four core courses in MSpecEd (D/HH) or demonstrated equivalent.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz: Online - Short answer quiz

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: PBL Exercise/Transition Resource package

Proposal / Plan: Research Proposal

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practicum: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Completion of 20 days of practicum is a compulsory course component.