Education

Master of Education (Special Education)

CRICOS 095587D
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What is a Master of Special Education?

A Master of Education (Special Education) prepares you to support individuals with a range of special educational needs in mainstream classrooms. This course highlights three distinct streams: Autism, Mental Health and Learning. These address the challenges and issues faced by mainstream teachers in mainstream educational practice and fills a much-needed gap in professional development for teachers in the field.
The autism stream provides you with advanced skills in supporting people with autism; the mental health stream focuses on mental wellbeing, with an emphasis on anxiety, depression and eating disorders; and the learning stream provides you with the experience to support people with a range of learning needs. This is not an accredited Australian Initial Teacher Education course and therefore does not qualify the student to teach in Australia.

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Learning outcomes

  • Investigate, identify and develop innovative solutions in education.
  • Make independent judgements regarding the relevance and effectiveness of current educational developments.
  • Work with other educators and stakeholders towards common goals.
  • Engage in ethical and accountable educational practice.
Study mode
Online, On campus
Campus locations*
Melbourne, Sydney, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
2 years full time, 4 to 6 years part time
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023
Fees

This is an AQF Level 9 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 those living 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
  • Literacy Leader
    Average salary: $116,823 - $184,462
  • Teacher Aide
    Average salary: $45,581 - $64,662
  • Special Education Teacher
    Average salary: $79,353 - $113,252
  • Disability Support Manager
    Average salary: $81,596 - $128,133
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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Electives

Requirements

These six core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Person-Centred Approach | PFA401
  • Learning Differences | LDF402
  • Introduction to Mental Health Conditions | IMH402
  • Autism Support across the Lifespan | ASL402
  • Dyslexia | DYX403
  • Mental Health in Context | MHC402

Requirements

These five core subjects must be completed. Additionally you're required to select one elective from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • Inclusive Classroom Practice | ICP601
  • Autism: Contemporary Practices | ACP601
  • Mental Health for Educational Practice | MHP601
  • Education Major Project A | EMP603
  • Education Major Project B | EMP604

Requirements

Choose one elective subject below in year two.

Elective subjects

  • Social Behaviour and Cultural Factors in Public Health | PUBH6000
  • Business Communications | MGT502
  • Understanding and Interpreting Education Data | UED602
  • Technology and Education | TED403
  • Innovation for Education | IED402
  • Design Thinking for Education | DTE401
  • Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation | PUBH6007
  • Becoming a High Achieving Professional Educator | EDU6000
  • Social Enterprise | DSGN6031
  • Management, People and Teams | MGT600
  • Dynamic Leadership | MGT601
  • Coaching and Positive Psychology | CPP614
  • Self Care & Developing Resilience | SDR404

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

An equivalent overseas higher education qualification.

The below is an alternative option.
Demonstrated skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

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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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