Build specialised skills to support individuals
The Master of Education (Special Education) thoroughly prepares educators to support individuals with a range of special educational needs in mainstream classrooms and fills a much-needed gap in professional development for teachers in the field.
The Master of Education (Special Education) takes a Design Thinking approach to analyse issues and challenges faced by persons with a range of additional learning needs. In particular, it focuses on problem solving, informed by advanced theoretical knowledge, from a person first perspective.
The course highlights three distinct streams; all of which address the challenges and issues faced by mainstream teachers in 21st Century educational practice:
- Autism stream – provides educators with advanced knowledge and skills in supporting individuals with Autism
- Mental Health stream – provides educators with advanced knowledge and skills in supporting individuals with Mental Health challenges, in particular, the three most prominent issues facing contemporary educators, Anxiety, Depression and Eating Disorders
- Learning stream – provides educators with advanced knowledge and skills in supporting individuals with a range of learning needs.
Graduates of the Master of Education (Special Education) can progress to further postgraduate studies in related fields of education. They can also pursue advanced career options within the education profession, such as Lead Teacher status and leadership opportunities within schools and other educational establishments. In particular, this course provides graduates with a depth of knowledge and expertise in meeting the needs of all students within mainstream educational settings, which has application across all subject areas, in primary and secondary school contexts.
Key Study Outcomes:
- Demonstrate mastery of the ‘person first’ perspective to critically analyse and problem solve issues and challenges associated with a range of special educational needs
- Critically analyse and reflect on biases, prejudices and assumptions associated with special educational needs in society
- Specialised knowledge and expert technical skills
- Historical context and capacity to synthesise complex contemporary theories
- Advanced understanding of Allied Health, carer support and collaboration skills necessary to improve educational outcomes
- Employ complex cognitive, technical and creative skills to plan, implement and evaluate innovative project-based or research-based change/transformation