Pre-2015 Course Information

Pre-2015 Course Information

Macquarie University Special Education Centre

Important Information for Students

Completing Pre 2015 Postgraduate Programs in Special Education

Commencing 2015, the new structure for Postgraduate Programs in Special Education was implemented.

As a student enrolled in a pre 2015 postgraduate program, you will have units still to complete for your award. To assist you in planning the completion of your pre 2015 postgraduate program, below are the details for the last offerings of units.

2015

Sem.1 - SPED802 last offering

2016

Sem.1 - SPED805 last offering

Sem.2 - SPED804 last offering

2017

Sem.1 -  SPED801 last offering

Sem.2 - SPED803 last offering

2018

Sem.1 - SPED807 last offering

Sem.2 - SPED806 last offering

2019

Sem.2 - SPED810 last offering

Under extraordinary circumstances, new units may be deemed equivalent to, and replace units in the Pre 2015 programs.

We recommend that you check our Pre 2015 Timetable each semester to see if your required unit/s will be offered:

http://www.musec.mq.edu.au/study_options/postgraduate_coursework/2015_course_information/

Students may contact Dr Alison Madelaine at alison.madelaine@mq.edu.au to discuss their academic program in order to complete their award.

If you are currently completing this course program, and have any queries about your progression through the program structure, please contact Ms Sharyn Gilkes.

Postgraduate Certificates in Special Education

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.  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 three unit sequence, it is anticipated that students would study part-time (sessions starting at 5:00pm or distance mode). Students completing a Graduate Certificate in Special Education are required to complete 15 days of practicum component.

Applications are invited from graduates (or equivalent) with a genuine interest in Special Education. Students successfully completing the requirements for a Graduate Certificate may opt to transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Special Education or Master of Special Education by coursework. It should be noted that some Certificate units may only be credited to the Master of Special Education.

Admission requirements:  A relevant degree, or any degree with relevant personal/work experience
Length of candidature:  1 - 1.5 years part-time
Course requirements:  3 units
Attendance:  Internal and external (i.e., distance). Part-time.
Total student load:  12 credit points
Proposed fees:  HECS
Enquiries:  Ms Sharyn Gilkes (Click for contact details)

Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education (Learning and Behaviour Support)

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 Literacy Instruction' reflects the emphasis on the relationship between poor classroom behaviour and lack of academic success and, in particular, poor academic progress in literacy. SPED804 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:

  • SPED802 Effective Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs
  • SPED804 Effective Literacy Instruction
  • SPED806 Behaviour Problems and Classroom Management
Admission requirements:  A relevant degree, or any degree with relevant personal/work experience
Length of candidature:  1 - 1.5 years part-time
Course requirements:  3 units
Attendance:  Internal and external (i.e., distance). Part-time.
Total student load:  12 credit points
Proposed fees:  HECS
Enquiries:  Ms Sharyn Gilkes (Click for contact details)

Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education (High Support Needs)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education (High Support Needs) provides professional training for individuals working with students with intellectual or other developmental disabilities. The program of study is appropriate to a wide range of individuals including teachers, therapists, psychologists, residential care workers and workplace trainers. Units within the program of study address instructional technology, curriculum issues, communication and management of challenging behaviour.

Students must complete satisfactorily the following units:

  • SPED802 Effective Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs
  • SPED803 Curriculum and Instruction for Individuals with High Support Needs
  • SPED807 Communication for Individuals with High Support Needs
Admission requirements: A relevant degree, or any degree with relevant personal/work experience
Length of candidature:  1 - 1.5 years part-time
Course requirements:  3 units
Attendance:  Internal and external (i.e., distance). Part-time.
Total student load:  12 credit points
Proposed fees:  HECS
Enquiries:  Ms Sharyn Gilkes (Click for contact details)

Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education (Learning Difficulties Support)

This course 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 is the instructional technology that has 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 units:

  • SPED802 IEffective Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs
  • SPED804 Effective Literacy Instruction
  • SPED805 Effective Numeracy Instruction
Admission requirements:  A relevant degree, or any degree with relevant personal/work experience
Length of candidature:  1 - 1.5 years part-time
Course requirements:  3 units
Attendance:  Internal and external (i.e., distance). Full-time (semester 1 only) and part-time.
Total student load:  12 credit points
Proposed fees:  HECS
Enquiries:  Ms Sharyn Gilkes (Click for contact details)

Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education

The Postgraduate Diploma provides a coherent program of study in Special Education to prepare students for the advanced professional duties of a qualified Special Educator. The course structure and content is philosophically based upon a contemporary view of applied behaviour analysis. 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 for a Postgraduate Diploma may apply (with credit) for entry to the Master of Special Education.

The Postgraduate Diploma consists of six units of study offered on a one year full-time or two or three year part-time basis. Practicum components (up to 30 days, 10 days of which must be completed in the MUSEC School or associated programs and at least 5 days in a High Support Needs/Disability site) are integral to five of the six units of study and part-time students must be available to complete all practicum requirements. Part-time students need to ensure that at least 6 days per unit will be completed for the practicum component.

Students must complete satisfactorily the following units:

  • SPED801 Key Research Issues and Methods in Special Education
  • SPED802 Effective Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs
  • SPED803 Curriculum and Instruction for Students with High Support Needs
  • SPED804 Effective Literacy Instruction
  • SPED805 Effective Numeracy Instruction
  • SPED806 Behaviour Problems and Classroom Management
Admission requirements:  A relevant degree, or any degree with relevant personal/work experience
Length of candidature:  1 year full-time or 2 to 3 years part-time
Course requirements:  6 units
Attendance:  Internal and external (i.e., distance). Full-time and part-time.
Total student load:  24 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 Postgraduate 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. 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.

A Practicum component of 30 days (10 of which must be completed in the MUSEC School or associated programs and at least 5 days in a High Support Needs/Disability site) is integral to the 8 units of study. Mandatory on-campus practicum does not apply to off-shore students, but is highly recommended.

In addition to the six units comprising the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education (see below), students undertaking the Master of Special Education by Coursework complete an additional two units from the following options (see unit descriptions):

  • SPED807 Communication for Individuals with High Support Needs
  • SPED810 Current Issues in Special Education
  • SPED901 Special Education Project Stage I
  • SPED902 Special Education Project Stage II
Admission requirements: A relevant degree, or any degree with relevant personal/work experience
Length of candidature:  1 year full-time; 2 to 3 years part-time
Course requirements:  8 units
Attendance:  Internal and external (i.e., distance). Full-time and part-time.
Commencement:  Beginning or mid-year
Total student load:  32 credit points
Proposed fees:  HECS
Enquiries:  Ms Sharyn Gilkes (Click for contact details)
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