Education

Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education)

CRICOS 095588C
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What is a Graduate Certificate of Education in Special Education?

A Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education) offers you the specialist knowledge, experience and skills required to create supportive learning environments and improve the inclusion of students with a range of additional learning needs. This course is valuable to teachers and other professionals looking to expand their expertise into special education.
This course takes a design-thinking approach to analyse issues and challenges faced by people with a range of additional learning needs. Informed by advanced theoretical knowledge, this special needs teacher course focuses on problem solving from a person-first approach, which shifts the role of the person at the centre from passive acceptance to a more active role that considers their individual needs. Please note this is not an accredited Australian Initial Teacher Education course and therefore does not qualify the you to teach in Australia.

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Learning outcomes

  • Identify and analyse biases, prejudices and assumptions associated with learning differences.
  • Apply a person-first perspective to solve challenges faced in special needs education.
  • Design and evaluate inclusive, ethical and effective learning environments.
  • Integrate contemporary special needs education findings into teaching practices.
Study mode
Online, On campus
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
2 Trimesters full-time, 4 Trimesters part-time
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023
Fees

This is an AQF Level 8 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Career opportunities

Special needs education is a response to a large section of our population – our disabled community. You will have opportunities to bring educational value to people with various disabilities in schools, TAFEs, universities and other agencies seeking to improve special education programs. It also provides an avenue for lead teacher status and leadership opportunities within schools and other educational establishments.

Potential career paths

  • Education Consultant
    Average salary: $84,375 - $127,193
  • Disability Support Manager
    Average salary: $81,596 - $128,133
  • Special Education Teacher
    Average salary: $79,353 - $113,252
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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising of 8 hours of facilitated study and 2 hours of self-directed study.

Requirements

These four core subjects must be completed.
  • Learning Differences | LDF402
  • Introduction to Mental Health Conditions | IMH402
  • Person-Centred Approach | PFA401
  • Dyslexia | DYX403

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

If you are truly passionate about education, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of education scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the education industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above from an Australia University.
OR Relevant professional experience includes those who are currently working in education-related fields and teachers holding alternative qualifications.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent.
Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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