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Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)

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Master of Education (Special Educational Needs)

Overview

The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) is designed for qualified teachers interested in a pathway for further learning and employment in the area of special educational needs. This course is conducted via Cloud (online) mode and consists of twelve credit points taken over one and a half years of full-time study or up to three years of part-time study.

As a graduate of this course you will possess advanced knowledge of contemporary education issues and discourses; have high-level critical and evaluative research skills; and translate your understandings of individualised, inclusive educational programs into practice. The course takes in to account the implementation of social justice policy and addresses the fundamental philosophy of access and success for people with diverse educational needs.

The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) is an externally accredited program that meets the requirements of the Department of Education and Training Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Teaching guidelines for special education. The requirements within the two professional experience units EEI700 and EEI716 include 15 days of supervised teaching experience, a supervised case study (15 days or equivalent) and 15 days of professional development activities e.g. seminars related to specialist/inclusive education.

Please note that EEI700 and EEI716 may be completed in a specialised area such as vision impairment where supervision would be conducted by a member from the visiting teacher service.

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Research Information

Students are able to undertake one of three options for research training and research in the course. Each option has a common foundation that is based on an introductory unit of one credit point in research design method. This research study is then further supported by one of the three research options:

Option 1: application of the research training through a one credit point research based project for professional practice;

Option 2: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Research Paper (2 credit points);

Option 3: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Minor Thesis (4 credit points).

Professional Recognition

Endorsed by Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for meeting the Specialist Area Guidelines for Special Education, for already qualified teachers.

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT’s Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully.

Career outcomes

The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) has been designed to enable qualified teachers to meet the Department of Education and Training requirements for employment related to special educational needs across a range of educational settings, including special schools, special developmental schools and mainstream settings, in both Australia and overseas.

Course Structure

To be awarded a Master of Education (Special Educational Needs), students are required to successfully complete 12 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of compulsory core units (EEI714, ECP703, EXE732, EEI715) and
  • 2 credit points of professional experience units (EEI700 and EEI716) and
  • 6 credit points of study that combine research and elective units in one of following three options:
  • 2 credit points of research units (EDX701 and EDX707)# and
  • 4 credit points of elective units selected from ESP701, ESM701, ECP711, EEL702, ESP703
  • 4 credit points of research units including a 2cp research paper (EDX701, EDX702 or AIX708, EDX703, EDX704)# and
  • 2 credit points of elective units selected from ESP701, ESM701, ECP711, EEL702, ESP703
  • 6 credit points of research units which include a minor thesis (EDX701, EDX702 or AIX708, EDX705 and EDX706)#

# EDX coded units formerly EXR coded units.


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