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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Graduate Diploma

Developing your ability to help people who are most in need, the Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a stepping stone to a career that can truly transform lives. The Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a pathway to this course.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Duration
16 months part-time
Course Code
1108008
Study Mode
Online
International Fees
$29,600 per year

About this course

Developing your ability to help people who are most in need, the Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a stepping stone to a career that can truly transform lives.

Aligned with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - offering targeted support to people with disability and their carers - this program responds to the increasing demand for professionals with specialist knowledge in disability services. An elective professional portfolio unit allows you to develop your ideas for service delivery in a project format.

It is also designed to reflect the principles of the NDIS by focusing on customised services geared to individual need.

With career potential across disability service delivery, management and policy, this course is ideal for graduates keen to broaden their professional scope via greater knowledge and expertise in disability services.

The Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a pathway to this course.

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  1. have successfully completed a three year Bachelor degree from any Australian university, or equivalent, in a health, psychology or social science related discipline; OR
  2. provide evidence of minimum five years' full-time and current work experience in intellectual and developmental disability and related fields as acceptable to the Course Co-ordinator.

Applicants need to provide curriculum vitae and an employer's reference and will be required to demonstrate the ability to undertake graduate study via an interview with the Course Co-ordinator.

Study locations

Online

What you will learn

Contemporary issues in person-centred service provision, policy, and advocacy. Core units cover organisational change, supporting decision-making, positive behaviour change and supporting the social and economic participation of people with disability. Electives include units on autism spectrum disorder, advocacy, mental health and the option to complete a professional portfolio.

Career pathways

Career opportunities exist in disability services as support workers or service providers under the NDIS; or in policy and advocacy roles.

Course structure

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:

  • 4 core units (48 credit points); and
  • 4 equivalent elective units (48 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising all core units.