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Study Special and Inclusive Education

If you believe that enriched learning experiences shape us, regardless of our capabilities or circumstances, then the Master of Special and Inclusive Education is for you. The program offers educators and other professionals working in inclusive education or disability sectors, the opportunity to develop specialised skills and advanced knowledge to support children and adolescents with additional needs. The program focuses your skills and builds your qualifications, knowledge and understanding to teach and support students in special or inclusive settings.

The program is suitable for regular teachers working within inclusive contexts and also for teachers who wish to gain additional qualifications with a view to employment as a special education teacher. The program will enable qualified allied health professionals to understand and utilise educational strategies to assist children and adolescents with additional needs.

Combining the latest research with practical coursework will ensure you are equipped to implement a range of evidence-based approaches and strategies to address student needs and promote students’ learning and social functioning. The program provides theoretical and practical skills so you can cultivate a rich learning environment for students facing unique challenges, supported by your specialised skills in diversity programming and adjusted learning activities which support individual students.

Why study with us?

  • Quality Teaching Model - a framework highlighting three key concepts, or dimensions, of teaching that make a difference for student outcomes, backed by robust evidence.
  • Study anywhere, 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.
  • Choose from a range of specialisations - including Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Early Childhood, Emotional Disturbance/Behavioural Problems or General Special Education.
  • Ideal program for many professions - the Master of Special and Inclusive Education 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 2022).
  • Become an industry expert - you’ll graduate with a high-level understanding of students with additional needs and possess the ability to create a supportive learning environment.
  • Work anywhere in the world - in an environment where teachers and professionals with special education qualifications are in demand globally you will stand out at the forefront of your profession.
World top 150 ? for Education
89.4% ? of our postgraduate teaching students expressed overall satisfaction with their course
Professional placement and work integrated learning opportunities
96.2% employed ? within four months of graduating

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Special and Inclusive Education covers a range of general and specialised courses driven around your passion for supporting the learning outcome of students with a diverse range of abilities and disabilities. This program will have immeasurable value for those in the teaching and learning sector. The coursework is designed to develop your skills in how to progress the learning and participation of students with additional needs or diagnosed disabilities.

Core courses to support your drive and direction include:

  • education of students with learning difficulties
  • teaching methods and techniques in special and inclusive education
  • critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings

Scholarship recipients from the Department of Education and Training Victoria, and accredited teachers requiring an in-school placement must complete one of the following courses:

  • Integrated Fieldwork Studies, or
  • Pedagogical Practices for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (only available to those completing the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Specialisation).


In addition to the core courses students will be required to select an area of specialisation in which they will undertake a combination of compulsory and directed courses to support their learning. All specialisations within the program are accredited with the Department of Education. Students can select to specialise in one of the following four areas:

  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.

If you are a Teacher at a Victorian Government school you may be eligible for the Inclusive Education Scholarship. For more information about eligibility and how to complete an application, visit the Department of Education and Training website.


Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Special and Inclusive Education will position you as an expert in the area of special needs learning outcomes, whether that focus is on face-to-face education and support, curriculum development, working with families or executive leadership in teaching and learning for students with additional needs. For those with a teaching qualification you will be proficiently 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 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.

Upon completion of the program, qualified teachers will have the opportunity to embark on career pathways in special or inclusive education settings or early childhood intervention services.

Non teaching roles include:
- educational administrator
- learning support officer
- policy officer

Career pathways for those with an allied health degree include:
- community/disability support worker
- developmental support worker
- special care worker
- therapeutic support staff

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

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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:

The Master of Special and Inclusive Education is an 80-unit postgraduate qualification, with admission available for applicants who have one of the following qualifications or equivalent in a relevant field:

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or
  • Bachelor Degree plus two years' demonstrable relevant work experience; or
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' demonstrable relevant work experience.

Relevant fields and applicable work experience includes education/teaching, psychology, disability studies, allied health or a related discipline.

Work experience can be demonstrated through: certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

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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