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Program handbook

Description

The Master of Special and Inclusive Education is a coursework program intended for practising teachers and others with relevant experience in prevention and intervention services who wish to gain postgraduate professional qualifications in special and inclusive education. The program blends theory, research and practice, with an emphasis on applying evidence-based approaches to support the learning and development of students with additional needs and those at risk.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with expert judgement, adaptability, and responsibility in order to teach students of diverse abilities in inclusive or special education settings
  • demonstrated advanced and integrated understanding of applied theory and pedagogy to support learning and behaviour in inclusive or special education settings
  • critically reflected on current research, interpreted and applied evidence-based strategies to teaching practice in inclusive or special education settings
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning
  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability

Details

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Program code40123
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code096167E

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

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

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The Master of Special and Inclusive Education is an 80 unit, AQF Level 9 Masters Coursework qualification.

Students are required to successfully complete 80 units of approved study to obtain the degree.  The structure of the Master of Special and Inclusive Education provides four specialisation pathways.  Students may graduate with a Master of Special and Inclusive Education with specialisation in:

  • General Special Education  - consisting of 30 units of core courses, 30 units of compulsory courses and 20 units of directed courses*
  • Early Childhood - consisting of 30 units of core courses, 40 units of compulsory courses and 10 units of directed courses*
  • Emotional Disturbance/Behaviour Problems  - consisting of 30 units of core courses, 40 units of compulsory courses and 10 units of directed courses*
  • Deaf Studies and Deaf Education -  consisting of 30 units of core courses and 40 units of compulsory courses and 10 units of Directed Courses*

* 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).

Please note: International Student Visa holders must study the General Special Education specialisation.

All online students are able to choose from one of the four key areas.


Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6085Education of Students with Learning Difficulties
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6088Teaching Methods and Techniques in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6165Critiquing and designing research in inclusive, special education or disability service settings
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

General Special Education

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6082Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6086Introduction to Challenging Behaviour and Positive Support
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6087Education Students with Developmental Disabilities
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the list to fulfil the requirements for this Specialisation. Students requiring in-school experience in Special or Inclusive placements should complete EDUC6109.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6052Introduction to Hearing, Audiology, and Assistive Listening Technology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6053Understanding How Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learn
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6079Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6080Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6081Using Resources in Behaviour Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6109Integrated Fieldwork Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6116Sustaining Strategic Leadership
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6160Supporting Communication Skills
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6161Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6162Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6163Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6164Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6912Aboriginal Education
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Early Childhood

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6160Supporting Communication Skills
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6161Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6162Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6163Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the list to fulfil the requirements for this Specialisation. Students requiring in-school experience in Special or Inclusive placements should complete EDUC6109.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6052Introduction to Hearing, Audiology, and Assistive Listening Technology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6053Understanding How Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learn
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6079Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6080Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6081Using Resources in Behaviour Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6082Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6086Introduction to Challenging Behaviour and Positive Support
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6087Education Students with Developmental Disabilities
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6109Integrated Fieldwork Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6116Sustaining Strategic Leadership
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6164Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units

Emotional Disturbance/Behaviour Problems

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6079Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6080Whole School Approaches to Supporting Student Behaviour
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6081Using Resources in Behaviour Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6086Introduction to Challenging Behaviour and Positive Support
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the list to fulfil the requirements for this Specialisation. Students requiring in-school experience in Special or Inclusive placements should complete EDUC6109.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6052Introduction to Hearing, Audiology, and Assistive Listening Technology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6053Understanding How Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learn
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6082Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6087Education Students with Developmental Disabilities
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6109Integrated Fieldwork Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6116Sustaining Strategic Leadership
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6160Supporting Communication Skills
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6161Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6162Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6163Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6164Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6912Aboriginal Education
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this Specialisation.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6052Introduction to Hearing, Audiology, and Assistive Listening Technology
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6053Understanding How Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Learn
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6054Speech and Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6055Language and Literacy of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses Option 1

Qualified teachers who wish to teach students who are deaf or hard of hearing must choose Option 1.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6056Practicum for Teachers of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses Option 2

All other students must choose 10 units from the following list to complete the DSDE major requirements.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6079Assessment, Programming and Intervention in Behaviour Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6082Policy, Administration and Collaboration in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6086Introduction to Challenging Behaviour and Positive Support
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6087Education Students with Developmental Disabilities
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6160Supporting Communication Skills
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6161Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6162Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6163Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6164Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6912Aboriginal Education
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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