The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face, Face to Face, Online

Duration

1 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Duration

1 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face, Face to Face, Online

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

UON program code: 40123
CRICOS code: 096167E

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?

  • Study anywhere, anytime – as well as studying face-to-face on campus, our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can complete your Master of Special and Inclusive Education at a time that suits you.
  • 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 - our Master of Special and Inclusive Education is recognised nationally and internationally. 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.

Master of Special and Inclusive Education

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
  • Accredited teachers requiring an in-school placement in Special or Inclusive Education should complete EDUC6109 Integrated Fieldwork Studies, or EDUC6056 Pedagogical Practices for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Specialisation).
  • Scholarship recipients from the Department of Education and Training Victoria must complete EDUC6109 as a compulsory course or EDUC6056 (Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Specialisation).

Specialisations

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. 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.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

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. 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.