1 x 9.5-hour on-line exercises weekly
1 Admission into BSE-Bachelor of Special Education
1a Admission into MDS-Master of Disability Studies
1b Admission into MEDCP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac)
1c Admission into MEDER-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment)
1d Admission into MEDGE-Master of Education (Gifted Education)
1e Admission into MEDIB-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate)
1f Admission into MEDLM-Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
1g Admission into MEDSA-Master of Education (Studies of Asia)
1h Admission into MEDSE-Master of Education (Special Education)
1i Admission into MEDEC-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies)
1j Admission into MEDWS-Master of Education
1k Admission into GCESE-Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education)
1l Admission into GCEWS-Graduate Certificate in Education
1m Admission into MEDCPP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac) [1.5 years]
1n Admission into MEDERP-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment) [1.5 years]
1o Admission into MEDGEP-Master of Education (Gifted Education) [1.5 years]
1p Admission into MEDIBP-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) [1.5 years]
1q Admission into MEDSEP-Master of Education (Special Education) [1.5 years]
1r Admission into MEDLMP-Master of Education (Leadership and Management) [1.5 years]
1s Admission into MEDSAP-Master of Education (Studies of Asia) [1.5 years]
1t Admission into MEDWSP-Master of Education [1.5 years]
1u Admission into MEDWM-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
1v Admission into MEDWMP-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) [1.5 years]
1w Admission into MDPP-Master of Disability Policy and Practice
1x Admission into MDPPA-Master of Disability Policy and Practice [1.5 years]
1y Admission into MEDECP-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies) [1.5 years]
1z Admission into GCE-Graduate Certificate in Education
2 Admission into MED-Master of Education
2a Admission into MISE-Master of Inclusive and Specialised Education
3 Admission into BAMTEC-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
3a Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
3b Admission into BAMTS-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3c Admission into BGSCMTPR-Bachelor of General Science, Master of Teaching (Primary)
3d Admission into BLANGMTS-Bachelor of Languages, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3e Admission into BSCMTS-Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
4 108 units of study
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t or 1u or 1v or 1w or 1x or 1y or 1z)) or ((2 or 2a)) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c or 3d or 3e) and 4))
Topic description

Play is a window into complex human behaviours and central to a child's development, health and well-being. This topic examines the role of play in supporting social, cognitive, language, sensory and motor learning and development in young children with special needs and the use of play-based learning in early intervention models and support services.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Explore current literature and theories on play, its purposes and its influence on development, health and well-being
  • Support the development of skills and knowledge in using and assessing play to support the social, cognitive, language, sensory and motor development of young children with special needs
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify the play continuum and influences of play including context, gender, and individual characteristics of the child and play partners and the characteristics of play that nurture or inhibit childhood development
  2. Analyse the purposes and outcomes of self-initiated play and the therapeutic use of play and the optimal developmental milieu for children in early childhood settings
  3. Conduct play-based assessments to support the design of therapeutic use of play
  4. Evaluate the outcomes of play-based intervention