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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Intake in 2022, Intake in 2022,
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Program Code40107
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Special Education

Study an Additional Teaching Area in Special Education for Secondary Schools at the University of Newcastle

As a Special Education teacher in secondary schools, you will work with students who have physical and intellectual disabilities, visual or hearing impairment, mental health diagnosis or learning difficulties. Studying an additional teaching area in Special Education is a rewarding experience that will see you critique traditional modes of secondary teaching, and revise your perspective. You will learn to develop unique strategies to cater for high school students with special needs.

Special Ed teaching students will also learn to work collaboratively with parents, teachers and other professionals to ensure students’ learning opportunities and outcomes are met in either integrated mainstream or specialist learning settings. Your role as a special education teacher will be to act as a mentor and ally. You’ll establish a positive environment where special needs students can engage with their studies and achieve personal growth.

What jobs can you get with an Additional Teaching Area in Special Education?

If you’re interested in growing your skills in a high-demand area, the challenging and rewarding field of special education will enhance your career opportunities. Graduates may find work in variety of teaching roles including:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

Special Education teachers are in high demand in NSW public schools. There’s also an increasing need for this specialist expertise across Australia, which means an additional teaching area in Special Education is an employability asset.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) program allows you to combine the Special Education additional teaching area with any first teaching area to further expand your skills and areas of expertise. Special Education teachers will find value in pairing their additional teaching area with a first teaching area in English, Ancient or Modern History, Mathematics, or any of the core sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning how to educate students with diverse learning requirements.
  • Goals to create a positive learning experience for students with physical, intellectual and behavioural impairments.
  • A commitment to designing inclusive lessons for a variety of young learners with special needs.

What do you learn in a Special Education Additional Teaching Area?

Study a Special Education additional teaching area and you will learn how to teach students with disabilities, impairments and learning difficulties. You will study courses in:

  • Educational Needs and Contexts: This course examines the educational contexts in which special education is provided. Students learn how these contexts impact upon a teacher’s ability to address the learning requirements of special needs students.You will also learn about ethical, legal and interpersonal factors which affect the delivery of education to students with special needs.
  • Lesson Planning in Special Education: Students will study a variety of strategies and approaches to teaching students with special needs. You’ll learn how to examine individual learning requirements and design a lesson plan based on your own research. You’ll also learn how to develop program models at group and class levels.
  • Supporting Behavioural Change: A special needs class will include students with a range of behavioural patterns and impairments. In this course you will study how to work with your students, their parents and other teachers to support behavioural needs. You’ll also learn how to identify behavioural change and implement an intervention strategy.

Which degrees include this Additional Teaching Area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study an additional teaching area in Special Education.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)

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