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  • Objectives
    The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) is designed for qualified teachers interested in employment in the area of special educational needs. This course is conducted off campus and consists of eight credit points taken over one year of full-time study or up to three years of part-time study. As a graduate of this course you will possess an understanding of contemporary education issues and discourses; have high-level critical and evaluative skills; and translate into practice your experiences and understandings of inclusive educational programs. The course takes in to account the implementation of policy and addresses the fundamental philosophy of access and success for people with special 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 practicum 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 eg, workshops and seminars related to special 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.
  • Entry requirements
    The normal minimum educational requirement is four years of tertiary study inclusive of approved teacher training, for example, a four-year Bachelor of Education or a degree plus Bachelor of Teaching or equivalent. Candidates with a three year initial teaching qualification who have satisfactorily completed a Graduate Certificate of Education at credit level or higher may be eligible to enrol directly into the Master of Education. Teachers requiring Victorian Institute of Teaching registration for employment purposes must hold an approved teaching qualification prior to commencing this course. Unqualified teachers and other professionals are advised to enrol in Master of Education (Special Needs) E744 course. In addition to minimum entry requirements, international students for whom English is not their first language are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7. Special entry Special entry is also available, assessed at the time of application.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) (International Students)
  • Course description
    Fees and charges
    Fee paying place - International (IFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

    Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    * The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
    The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at  http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php.
    Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
    Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.


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


    Course rules

    To be awarded a Master of Education (Special Educational Needs), students are required to successfully complete 8 credit points of study comprising 3 core, 3 elective and 2 practicum units.

    The practicum units can be taken across a range of settings. The requirements for these units comprise 15 days of supervised teaching experience, a supervised case study (15 days or equivalent) and 15 days of professional development activities eg: workshops and seminars related to special education.


    Course structure

    For students enrolling from 2007

     

    Three compulsory core units:
    Trimester 1

    EEI714 Individualised Program Planning  


    Trimester 2

    EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

    EEI715 Teaching Social Behaviour  

    and
    Three elective units from:
    Trimester 1

    ECP703 Child Protection  

    ESP701 Education and Development of Exceptional Learners  

    ESM701 Teaching Mathematics Successfully  


    Trimester 2

    EEL702 Literacy and Students with Special Educational Needs  

    ESP703 Student Welfare and Discipline Issues  

    EEI701 Learning Disabilities: Identification and Teaching Strategies  

    and
    Two practicum units:
    Trimester 1

    EEI700 Practicum Case Study  

    Trimester 2

    EEI716 Practicum: Special Educational Needs  

     

    Notes:
    (i) EEI700 includes 15 days supervised/registered experience.
    (ii) EEI716 includes 15 days of supervised teaching and 15 days of Professional Development activities.
    (iii) EEI700 and EEI716 may be completed in a specialized area such as vision impairment where supervision would be conducted by a member from the visiting teacher service.

    (iv) EEL702 offered in alternate years 2009, 2011



    Teaching methods
    Students receive instructional materials through Deakin Studies Online, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers is also provided through use of Deakin Studies Online, email and telephone links.
    Articulation
    The Master of Education (Special Educational Needs) can articulate directly with credit to a Masters course with a research component.
    Masters courses require a research component to lead to a Doctor of Philosophy.


    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicants previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.


    Admission requirements - specific
    The normal minimum educational requirement is four years of tertiary study inclusive of approved teacher training, for example, a four-year Bachelor of Education or a degree plus Bachelor of Teaching or equivalent.  Candidates with a three year initial teaching qualification who have satisfactorily completed a Graduate Certificate of Education at credit level or higher may be eligible to enrol directly into the Master of Education.
    Teachers requiring Victorian Institute of Teaching registration for employment purposes must hold an approved teaching qualification prior to commencing this course.  Unqualified teachers and other professionals are advised to enrol in Master of Education (Special Needs) E744 course.
    In addition to minimum entry requirements, international students for whom English is not their first language are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.

    Special entry
    Special entry is also available, assessed at the time of application.


    Advanced standing - general
    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for advanced standing. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your advanced standing.
    Your advanced standing is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.


    How to apply

        * Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now.
        * Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office.
        * Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.

    Tracking your application:
    If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

        * If you applied online, log back into the Applicant Portal using your username and password.
        * If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
        * If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact that office.


    Professional experience requirements - Working With Children Check (WWCC)

    Students who intend to undertake practicum in Victorian schools are required to complete a WWCC unless a copy of Victorian teacher registration is provided. Students requiring a WWCC should contact the Professional Experience coordinator email: tania.harvey@deakin.edu.au

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