The Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education) is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and is available on campus and in distance mode.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in education, disability studies, psychology, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy or a closely related discipline from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education) is professionally-oriented and is intended for people currently employed in the field of education and those who have an interest in further enhancing their knowledge and practice in special education. It provides candidates with opportunities to critically examine recent literature, engage in debate and reflection, and expand and apply in-depth knowledge of:
- policies and practices related to their area of interest within special education;
- methods for fostering collaborative transdisciplinary and intercultural partnerships;
- curriculum, pedagogy and assessment policies and practices designed to improve learning outcomes; and
- contemporary theoretical and practical issues in special education.
It is expected that graduates will:
- further enhance dispositions, cognitive skills, reflective awareness and creativity to facilitate the application of evidence-based knowledge, skills and capacities to educational practices;
- apply high-level technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship;
- critically reflect on, evaluate and synthesise knowledge gained from reading, discussion and writing to demonstrate an advanced understanding of educational research, policies and practices in special education and;
- demonstrate the application of contemporary evidence-based knowledge to practices and contexts in special education.
Credit may be granted, on application, for topics completed or being undertaken towards another relevant Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree, or for accredited professional development.
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education) specialisation, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP, or better, in topics listed below.
Core - Year 1 topics
EDUC8129 Contemporary Issues in Special Education (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Select 13.5 units from the topics listed
EDUC8541 Studies in Vision Impairment 1 (4.5 units)
EDUC8791 Gifted Education: Conceptions of Giftedness, Intelligence and Creativity (4.5 units)
DSRS9060 Intellectual Disability (4.5 units)
DSRS9061 Management of Physical and Multiple Disabilities (4.5 units)
DSRS9062 Transition from School to Adult Life for Students with Disabilities (4.5 units)
DSRS9063 Autism Spectrum Disorder: Theory and Practice (4.5 units)
DSRS9064 Technology and Disability (4.5 units)
EDUC9307 Educational Planning and Assessment for Students with Special Needs (4.5 units)
EDUC9409 Intervention for Students with Numeracy Difficulties (4.5 units)
EDUC9501 Understanding Behaviour in Educational Contexts (4.5 units)
EDUC9503 Supporting Behaviour Change (4.5 units)
EDUC9504 Supporting Positive Behaviour in Schools (4.5 units)
EDUC9511 Complex Communication Needs and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (4.5 units)
EDUC9512 Supporting Learners with Disability and Challenging Behaviour (4.5 units)
EDUC9513 Designing Individualised Functional Curriculum (4.5 units)
EDUC9521 Supporting Students with Learning Difficulties in Schools (4.5 units)
EDUC9522 Intervention for Students with Literacy Difficulties (4.5 units)
EDUC9531 Current Perspectives in Early Intervention (4.5 units)
EDUC9532 Early Intervention: Learning From and Through Play (4.5 units)
EDUC9542 Studies in Vision Impairment 2 (4.5 units)
EDUC9543 Studies in Braille: Research and Practice (4.5 units)
EDUC9544 Studies in Orientation and Mobility: Research and Practice (4.5 units)
EDUC9551 Introduction to Sensory Impairment (4.5 units)
EDUC9552 Collaborative Consultation (4.5 units)
EDUC9553 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Teaching and Learning (4.5 units)
EDUC9792 Gifted Education: Curriculum and Differentiation (4.5 units)