University Handbook 2018

Master of Special Education

Course code/s: Bendigo (RMSE)

Course Details
Location Bendigo
Course/Discipline Coordinator Associate Professor Mary Keeffe
Course Code RMSE
Available to International Students Yes
CRICOS 049908G
Course Duration 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent
Exchange Opportunity  
Leave of Absence Available  
Course Queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

This course is a major initiative in promoting an inclusive concept of special education. The course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to maximise learning outcomes for all students, particularly those students who experience learning difficulties or disabilities, autism, multiple disabilities and mental health issues. The program is underpinned by the principles of inclusion, social justice, the differentiated curriculum, student autonomy and effective communications with students, parents, colleagues and professionals. Teaching strategies for students with autism, challenging behaviours and language difficulties are an important focus in the program.

Admission Requirements

An approved Australian four-year Bachelor of Education, an Honours degree, an approved four year teaching qualification or a specialised graduate diploma, or approved international equivalent.

Special Requirements

Working with Children Check

Students taking practicum subject School and Community Learning must provide a certified copy of their valid Working with Children card prior to undertaking teaching placements.

Course Requirements

The 120 credit point course may be completed over one year full-time or two to three years part-time.

Course Structure

The course is available by all coursework or a combination of coursework and a minor thesis with approval of the course coordinator.

Applicants who have completed a recognised Graduate Diploma in Special Education or equivalent may undertake the Coursework and Minor Thesis Pathway.

Subjects are 30 credit points except where indicated.

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Master of Special Education (RMSE) Bendigo 2018 [PDF 114 KB]

Note:LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Core subjects

Core Subject
EDU5CIE (Wk 3-21) Contentions in Inclusive Education
Choose 90 credit points of subjects from the elective list
EDU5SCL (S1 or S2) School and Community Learning
EDU5RME   (S1 or S2) Research Methods in Education
EDU5IRP (S1 or S2) Independent Research Project
EDU5ESA (Wk 3-21) Engaging Students with Autism
EDU5RSP (Wk 27-44) Responsive Schools and Pedagogy
EDU5MIL (Wk 27-44) Methods for Individualised Learning
EDU5MTA (S1 and S2) Minor Thesis A
EDU5MTB (S1 and S2) Minor Thesis B (Minor Thesis is 60 credit points)

S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2

Teaching periods are  provided as a guide only and subject to change. Please refer to  the Subject Search guide for further details




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