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Associate Degree in Inclusive Education and Disability Studies

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  • Objectives
    This course provides the opportunity for students to prepare for a career in the disability field, or human services and provides a pathway to the Bachelor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies.
  • Entry requirements
    Prerequisites Applicants, with experience working in community-based organisations which provide a service to people with a disability, are encouraged to apply.
  • Academic Title
    Associate Degree in Inclusive Education and Disability Studies
  • Course description
    Contemporary understanding of disability acknowledges the rights of people with a disability to be full and participating members of society. Many people with a disability, particularly those with learning and intellectual disabilities require either episodic or lifelong supports to take their rightful place in society. The course aims to develop graduates’ skills to empower people with disabilities through inclusive education and development supports across the lifespan.

    The course consists of units that encompass a holistic view of disability and the social structures that influence learning and development for people with a disability. This includes theoretical frameworks for understanding disability, social justice advocacy, influence of disability on learning, social dynamics and understanding behaviour support.

    Students will have the opportunity to tailor the course to their particular interest areas through the selection of topics of interest in assessment tasks, fieldwork components and the selection of specialisation units.

    The majority of assessments are assignment or project based which facilitates the development of interest areas and the integration of practice and theory components.

    Graduates are able to pursue a career path in disability service provision management and specialisation in a number of areas including:

        * accommodation support
        * respite support
        * employment support
        * transition to work and community participation programs
        * advocacy and information services
        * policy development

    Employment Screening

    Students accepting a place in this course are required to participate in a number of professional placements throughout their program. In order to participate in professional experience it is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they are able to successfully complete the child protection screening required in their State. Students, who are not cleared for working with children and therefore not be able to be placed in a compulsory professional placement, will not be able to complete their course.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 6.5

    AssocDegInclEd&DisabSt

    160 cp

    Minimum duration: 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

    Course available at: Sydney (Strathfield), NSW

    EFTSL value of units: All units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Requirements for Completion of the Associate Degree46

    To qualify for the Associate Degree, a student must complete 160 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

       1. 140 cp from Discipline Studies;
       2. 20 cp from Professional Practice Specialisations.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicates in parentheses where applicable.

    Discipline Studies

    Education Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDAC116     10     Interpersonal Communication Skills
    EDAC133     10     Attitudes and Inclusive Education
    EDFD127     10     Contexts for Learning and Development

    Learning/Teaching
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDAC134     10     Technology and Independence
    EDAC135     10     Person Centred Planning and Inclusive Learning
    EDAC136     10     Adaptive Communication Supports
    EDAC223     10     Instructional Delivery in Community Settings
    EDAC224     10     Understanding Behaviours and Disability

    Community Inclusion
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDAC137     10     Disability Studies
    EDAC218     10     Supporting Social Relationships
    EDAC225     10     Family Studies and Disability
    EDAC226     10     Employment Support Issues and Practice

    Professional Practice Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDAC138     10     Implementing Disability Competencies
    EDAC227     10     Implementing Person Centred Supports

    Professional Practice Specialisations

    Community Services Specialisations
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDAC220     10     Social Justice, Legal and Policy Issues
    EDAC228     10    

    Case Work and Management in Community Settings

    School Education Specialisation
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    EDLA108     10     Children’s Literature for Literacy Education
    EDMA103    10     Exploring Mathematics 1

    46 Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Queensland), Working with Children Check (ACT, Victoria, NSW). International students should check this with the Course Co-ordinator and may need to bring documentation from their own countries.

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