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Overview

Would you like to develop the specialised skills, knowledge and values you need to teach children with special education needs, and for leadership, consultancy and resources roles in Special and Inclusive Education? This program will equip you to tackle the real-world challenges that teachers face in the classroom every day.

You will explore how to work with students who have special education needs, how to prevent disruptive behaviour and teach students with learning difficulties. You"ll gain a broad perspective on the issues, practices and philosophies in special and inclusive education.

You'll benefit from the cultural and professional diversity of learning alongside local and international students and teachers from a broad range of backgrounds, including early childhood, primary, secondary, post-secondary, public and private schools, and mainstream, support and specialist school teachers.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 15 January)

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year(to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 30 June)

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible as offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate Scholarship deadlines apply. Please check the relevant website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year
Semester 2
 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate Scholarship deadlines apply. Please check the relevant website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) you must complete 8 units of study (48 credit points), including

  • a minimum of 5 units of study (30 credit points) from this specialisation, comprising:
    • 2 units of study (12 credit points) of core units; and
    • a minimum of 3 units of study (18 credit points) of elective units; plus
  • a minimum of 1 unit of study (6 credit points) of capstone units of study; and
  • a maximum of 2 units of study (12 credit points) of postgraduate Education units which can be chosen from any designation within the Master of Education program.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

A capstone unit is completed in the final semester of enrolment. It provides an opportunity to integrate ideas and understandings drawn from units of study taken in the course. The capstone is a compulsory requirement and is undertaken by completing a semester-long special project (6 credit points; 6000 words) or a year-long dissertation (12 credit points; 12,000 words).

Students who intend to undertake a higher degree by research (MPhil, PhD, EdD) in future should enrol in the dissertation. Entry requirements apply for this unit of study - consult your Course Coordinator for further details.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) requires:

  • a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies, or professional experience equivalent to one year full-time in a field considered by the Faculty to be appropriate to the program of study; or
  • a bachelor's degree and either the Graduate Diploma in Education or Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies in Education, or professional experience equivalent to two years full-time in a field considered by the Faculty to be appropriate to the program of study.

If you do not meet the requirements listed above for direct entry to the Master’s degree, you may be able to enter via a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same subject area and upgrade to the Master’s after successful completion of the shorter course.

Professional accreditation

Candidates who hold a teaching qualification and complete eight units of study from the Special and Inclusive Education specialisation will be recognised by the NSW Department of Education and Communities to teach special education.

Career Pathways

Graduates who complete eight units of study from this specialisation will be recognised by the NSW Department of Education and Communities as Special Educators. Working in mainstream education settings, graduates will be valued because they are able to contribute to the growth of staff and school community through their expertise in special education.

Future study options

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the School, including:

Professional development

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Click here to find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the School.

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is endorsed to provide NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teacher.

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