2016 Course Information

2016 Course Information

Graduate Certificates in Special Education - General Information

Many graduates in education and other related fields such as psychology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, health and social services have expressed interest in the provision of intensive and specialised training courses in Special Education. These Certificates do not offer teacher training qualifications but, rather, provide a highly specific program of coursework aimed at trained teachers and other graduates who wish to gain additional specialised professional knowledge in Special Education. They would be very helpful for teachers who do not have a special education qualification and who have been appointed to support positions in regular schools in NSW or who have students with special education needs included in their classroom. In addition to support teachers, teacher-consultants, curriculum coordinators, and school-based instructional leaders, these Graduate Certificates are especially aimed at professionals who have a direct service role with children, adolescents and adults with Special Education needs, for example, psychologists, paediatricians, speech and occupational  therapists, residential care workers and vocational educators.

Due to the nature of the Certificate's four unit sequence, it is anticipated that students would study part-time (sessions starting at 5.00 p.m. or distance mode).Students completing a Graduate Certificate in Special Education are required to complete a 10 days practicum component.

Applications are invited from graduates in relevant fields, and with a genuine interest in Special Education. Students successfully completing the requirements for a Graduate Certificate may opt to upgrade to the Graduate Diploma in Special Education or Master of Special Education by coursework. It shoud be noted that some Certificate units may only be credited to the Master of Special Education.

Admission requirements:  Australian Bachelor degree or recognized equivalent in relevant fields such as education, psychology, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or disability studies.
Length of candidature:1 year full-time, 1.5 - 2 years part-time
Course requirements:4 Units
Attendance:Internal and external (i.e. distance). Part-time.
Total student load:16 Credit Points
Proposed fees:HECS
Enquiries:  Ms Sharyn Gilkes (click for contact details)

   

Graduate Certificate in Behaviour Support Teaching 

This Certificate provides a substantive non-categorical rationale for the management of behaviour. The program is designed to introduce students to a wide range of research-based practice in behaviour management and to assist students to develop a research-based  approach to the day-to-day management of behaviour. The inclusion of the unit on "Effective Instruction ", SPED822, reflects the emphasis on the relationship between poor classroom behaviour and lack of academic success and, in particular, poor academic progress in literacy.  SPED822 ensures that students undertaking the Certificate have a sound grasp of effective literacy instruction as well as the research-based instructional principles underpinning effective behaviour and classroom management.

Students must complete satisfactorily the following units (see UNIT GUIDES for details):

SPED821 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Special Education

SPED822 Effective Instruction

SPED826 Positive Approaches to Behaviour Management

SPED830 Current Developments in Special Education

Admission requirements:  Australian Bachelor degree or recognized equivalent in relevant fields such as education, psychology, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or disability studies.
Length of candidature:1 year full-time, 1.5 - 2 years part-time
Course requirements:4 Units
Attendance:Internal and external (i.e. distance). Part-time.
Total student load:16 Credit Points
Proposed fees:HECS
Enquiries:  Ms Sharyn Gilkes (click for contact details)

Graduate Certificate of Learning Difficulties Support Teaching

This Certificate has been designed to assist teachers and clinicians who are working with students with learning difficulties. The approach taken is non-categorical, the emphasis being on the literacy and/or numeracy problems encountered by students and not the underlying aetiology. Central to this course are the instructional strategies that have been identified in the literature as being effective in teaching students who have difficulties in learning. Selection of content for literacy and numeracy programs, the focus of these programs, and the assessment of prerequisite skills are examined within an empirical framework. Students will be provided with many practical ideas for assessment and programming, always based on current research evidence.

Students must complete satisfactorily the following 2 core units (see UNIT GUIDES for details):

SPED821 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Special Educators

SPED822 Effective Instruction

Plus 2 Electives (2 units from the 3 Elective units)

SPED824 Effective Instruction in Reading and Spelling

SPED825 Effective Instruction in Numeracy

SPED827 Effective Instruction in Comprehension and Writing

Admission requirements:  Australian Bachelor degree or recognized equivalent in relevant fields such as education, psychology, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or disability studies.
Length of candidature:1 year full-time, 1.5 - 2 years part-time
Course requirements:4 units
Attendance:Internal and external (i.e. distance). Part-time.
Total student load:16 credit points
Proposed fees:HECS
Enquiries:  Ms Sharyn Gilkes (click for contact details)

Graduate Diploma in Special Education

The Graduate Diploma provides a coherent program of study in Special Education to prepare students for the advanced professional duties of a qualified Special Educator or inclusion support specialist. The course structure and content is philosophically based upon a contemporary view of applied behaviour analysis and has a strong emphasis on evidence-based practices. For further information the following article may be of interest:

Wheldall, K. & Carter, M. (1996). Reconstructing behaviour analysis in education: A revised behavioural interactionist perspective for special education. Educational Psychology, 16, 121 -140.

We are looking for graduates who have a genuine interest in Special Education and a respect for the dignity and rights of all people to learn, regardless of their physical or intellectual disabilities or other special needs. You do not necessarily need a teaching qualification unless you subsequently want to work as a Special Education teacher in schools. Career opportunities exist in a wide range of Special Education and disability settings from the preschool years to adulthood.

Students successfully completing the requirements of the Graduate Diploma may apply (with credit) for entry to the Master of Special Education.

The Graduate Diploma consists of eight units of study offered on a one year full-time or two or three years part-time basis. Graduate Diploma students are required to complete 10 days  of practicum which may be completed in the MUSEC School or associated and approved Special Education sites, and the capstone Unit SPED828 Professional Practice in Special Education in their own work site or an approved special education site. The capstone unit is done in the student's last semester of the program.

Students must complete satisfactorily the following 8 units (see UNIT GUIDES for details):

SPED821 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Special Educators

SPED822 Effective Instruction

SPED823 Students with High Support Needs: Curriculum and Instruction

SPED824 Effective Instruction in Reading and Spelling

SPED825 Effective Instruction in Numeracy

SPED826 Positive Approaches to Behaviour Management

SPED827 Effective Instruction in Comprehension and Writing

SPED828 Professional Practice in Special Education

Admission requirements:Australian Bachelor degree or recognized equivalent in relevant fields such as education, psychology, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or disability studies.
Length of candidature:1 year full-time, 1.5 - 2 years part-time
Course requirements:8 units
Attendance:Internal and external (i.e. distance). Part-time.
Total student load:32 credit points
Proposed fees:HECS
Enquiries:Ms Sharyn Gilkes (click for contact details).

Master of Special Education by Coursework

The Master of Special Education by coursework builds upon the coherent professional program of study in Special Education provided in the Graduate Diploma. The Master of Special Education allows students to focus on more specialised areas and includes the option of completing a small-scale research project in an area of interest (SPED833 Research in Practice in Special Education). We are looking for graduates who have a genuine interest in Special Education and a respect for the dignity and rights of all people to learn, regardless of their physical or intellectual disabilities or other special needs. You do not necessarily need a teaching qualification unless you subsequently want to work as a Special Education teacher in schools. Career opportunities exist in a wide range of Special Education and disability settings from the preschool years to adulthood. Master of Special Education students are required to complete 10 days of practicum which may be completed in the MUSEC School or associated and approved Special Education sites, and the capstone Unit SPED828 Professional Practice in Special Education in their own worksite or an approved special education site. The capstone unit is done in the student's last semester of the program.

Students must complete satisfactorily the following 12 units (see UNIT GUIDES for details):

SPED821 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Special Educators

SPED822 Effective Instruction

SPED823 Students with High Support Needs: Curriculum and Instruction

SPED824 Effective Instruction in Reading and Spelling

SPED825 Effective Instruction in Numeracy

SPED826 Positive Approaches to Behaviour Management

SPED827 Effective Instruction in Comprehension and Writing

SPED828 Professional Practice in Special Education

SPED830 Current Developments in Special Education

SPED831 Assessment and Intervention in Communication

SPED832 Research Methods in Special Education

SPED833 Research in Practice in Special Education

Admission requirements:Australian Bachelor degree or recognized equivalent in relevant fields such as education, psychology, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or disability studies.
Length of candidature:1.5 years full-time, 2 - 3 years part-time
Course requirements:12 units
Attendance:Internal and external (i.e. distance). Part-time.
Total student load:48 credit points
Proposed fees:HECS
Enquiries:Ms Sharyn Gilkes (click for contact details).
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