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Master of Specialist Inclusive Education

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Specialist Inclusive Education equips qualified primary or secondary teachers with advanced knowledge of contemporary education issues and inclusive education practices within school systems.Are you passionate about enabling all students to reach their full potential through an...

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
E734
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

The Master of Specialist Inclusive Education equips qualified primary or secondary teachers with advanced knowledge of contemporary education issues and inclusive education practices within school systems.

Are you passionate about enabling all students to reach their full potential through an equitable standard of education?

Deakin's Master of Specialist Inclusive Education gives you the tools to instil positive teaching practices in the classroom and beyond. You'll gain highly specialised knowledge and skills to ensure the accessibility, participation and success for students with diverse educational needs.

The course explores the implementation of social justice policy and addresses topics of gender, sexuality, social class, race, ethnicity, disability and the intersections between them. You'll learn how to provide high-quality, inclusive education to students with disabilities and/or additional learning needs. Plus, you'll graduate with advanced level, specialist skills that enable you to mentor other teachers and professionals involved in developing personalised, inclusive educational programs.

We maintain close links with the education sector - like the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) and Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) - to ensure our courses are developed and reviewed with industry and professional input. You'll be taught by staff with experience in the sector that are recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields - so you can be confident that what you learn at Deakin will be relevant to your teaching career.

Plus, our strong links to international universities, including the University of Sheffield (UK) and Aarhus University (Denmark), ensure you (and your career) benefit from a globally-aligned approach to inclusive education.

Through a combination of theory, research and professional experience you'll gain high-level critical thinking and evaluative research skills that are transferable across a variety of educational settings, including both mainstream and specialist schools. With increasingly diverse student populations driving the amalgamation of mainstream and specialist schools, this highly sought-after skill-set will truly set you apart from your peers.

Entry requirements

Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.

Admission is based on:

  • Bachelor or Masters degree in the field of Education thatis a recognised initial teacher qualification for the purposes of registration as a primary or secondary teacher in Australia

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

The contemporary need for teachers to successfully identify and address complex learning challenges in the classroom is growing.

As a graduate, you'll be qualified to meet the Department of Education and Training (DET) requirements for employment related to special educational needs across a range of educational settings in Australia and overseas, including:

  • specialist schools
  • specialist developmental schools
  • mainstream primary and secondary schools.

You'll be well prepared to take a critically reflective, research-oriented approach to your practice and better equipped to pursue leadership positions.

The course also presents a clear pathway for those looking to study a higher degree by research.

For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '

Course structure

The Master of Specialist Inclusive Education is typically 12 credit points.

The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) - your professional experience and previous qualifications - which can save you time and money.

To be awarded a Master of Specialist Inclusive Education, students are required to successfully complete the folllowing:

  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0 credit point compulsory unit)
  • 3 credit points of compulsory core units (EIE702, EXE732, EEI715)
  • 3 credit points of professional experience units (EEI703, EEI704 and EEI705)
  • 6 credit points of study that combine research and course elective units (list A) in one of the following three options:

Option 1

2 credit points of research units (EDX701 and EDX707)

And

4 credit points of course elective units selected from ESP701, ESM701, ECP711, EEL702, ESP707, ECP703, EIE704, ECM711, ECM712

Option 2

4 credit points of research units including a 2 credit point research paper (EDX701, EDX712, EDX703, EDX704)

And

2 credit points of course elective units selected from ESP701, ESM701, ECP711, EEL702, ESP707, ECP703, EIE704, ECM711, ECM712

Option 3

6 credit points of research units which include a minor thesis (EDX701, EDX712, EDX705 and EDX706)

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Teacher Education courses at Deakin University.
81.6%
Overall satisfaction
73.6%
Skill scale
71.8%
Teaching scale
87.5%
Employed full-time
$78k
Average salary