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Duration0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.0.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
Program Code40268

Study special and inclusive support

Study a range of approaches to managing individual student behaviour needs including evaluating individual behaviour plans, dealing with comorbid behaviours, and addressing academic and social needs. Explore how to implement a behaviour change program.

Through the Graduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Support, you’ll develop a greater understanding of current research on developmental disabilities with the goal of increasing your awareness of the causes and characteristics of a variety of disabilities, together with current approaches to service provision.

The Graduate Certificate focuses on collaboration, consultation, negotiation, and interdisciplinary teams related to children and young people with disabilities, their families and allied health practitioners, while examining policy development and application, curriculum and personalised learning.

It will prepare you to successfully meet the needs of children and young people with disabilities in education settings.

Why study with us?

  • Study anywhere at anytime whether you choose part time or full time, on campus or online, our flexible program and advanced online learning system allow you to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study.
  • Ideal program for many professions – the Graduate Certificate of Special and Inclusive support provides opportunities for both teachers and health-related professionals working with children and adolescents with additional needs.
  • Be recognised internationally – the University of Newcastle’s School of Education is ranked in the world’s top 150 for education (QS World University Rankings by subject 2020).
  • Become an industry expert – you’ll graduate with an expanded knowledge of students with additional needs and possess the ability to create a supportive learning environment.

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#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience
#6 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate teaching quality
#7 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate student satisfaction
World top 150 ? for Education

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Support covers a range of general and specialised courses driven around your passion for supporting individuals with a diverse range of ability and disability.

The coursework is designed to develop your skills in how to progress the learning and participation of students with additional needs or diagnosed disability.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Support gives students the potential to choose from the following specialisations in the Master of Special and Inclusive Education:

  1. Deaf Studies and Deaf Education – this specialisation will equip you with skills to support children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing in early intervention programs or in specialised units or facilities. Qualified teachers will be prepared to take the role of a teacher of the deaf.
  2. Early Childhood – this specialisation explores contemporary issues in early childhood prevention and intervention including working collaboratively with families and other professionals to support young children’s learning, socialisation and communication.
  3. Emotional Disturbance/Behavioural Problems – this specialisation explores how to assess, program and intervene in behaviour problems, and master the teaching methods and techniques to educate students with emotional or behaviour problems.
  4. General Special Education – this specialisation diversifies and deepens your understanding across a range of areas including education of students with learning difficulties and behaviour problems and understanding developmental disabilities.


Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Support will enhance your expertise in the areas of disability, and additional needs, whether that focus is on face-to-face education, support, curriculum development, or working with families.

For those with a teaching qualification you will be additionally equipped with skills and knowledge to assess student needs and abilities and to address identified learning difficulties or challenge-specific areas. Your learning journey will empower you to apply research-based strategies to your curriculum or professional context.

For graduates with a prior degree in an allied health related field – you can be part of a brighter future in community or disability services. You will be additionally equipped with the insight to understand the impacts of deficit or disability in a student’s social, physical and academic functioning and of the intervention strategies that can contribute to their ongoing development.

Professional recognition

Upon completion of the program, qualified teachers will have advanced skills if wishing to embark on career pathways in special or inclusive education settings or early childhood intervention services. Career pathways for those with an allied health degree include special care worker, developmental support worker, community/disability support worker, or therapeutic support staff.

Please note the program does not provide a pre-service teaching qualification.

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

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Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Entry into the Graduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Support (40 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • 4 year Bachelors Degree; or
  • 3 year Bachelors Degree; or
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma in a related field/discipline and 2 years relevant work experience; or
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma not in a related field/discipline and 3 years relevant work experience; or
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience in a related field/discipline.

Related fields/discipline areas are:

  • Teaching, Early Childhood educator
  • Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social work
  • Mental health care worker, Disability support worker, Community care worker, Art and Music therapy

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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