Macquarie University Special Education Centre
Leader in special education
Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) enjoys a national and international reputation for:
- the quality of its research
- its excellence in postgraduate teaching
- its contribution to program development in the area of special education.
Established in 1975, the Special Education Centre was one of the very first research centres at Macquarie University. Beautifully situated amongst open parklands at the west of the University campus, the Centre presently consists of three classrooms for children attending the MUSEC School for students with special learning needs, two seminar rooms, clinic rooms, administrative offices, and accommodation for academic and research staff.
The staff of Macquarie University Special Education Centre include special educators, psychologists, teachers, therapists and researchers, backed by technical and administrative support staff.
Centre staff are involved in a variety of research projects, both on and off campus, focusing on the learning and behaviour difficulties of young children and school students with special needs and disabilities. Complementary program development ensures that research findings are translated into practical applications for implementation by teachers working with children with special needs in both regular and special schools.
For over 30 years MUSEC has been at the forefront in researching and developing data-based instructional and behaviour management procedures for students with disabilities and special needs. What is practised and what is taught are research-based, data-driven procedures of proven empirical effectiveness.
MUSEC currently offers four graduate certificates in Special Education, a Graduate Diploma and a Master of Special Education by coursework study, in addition to higher research degrees at masters and doctoral level. Special educators holding a postgraduate qualification in Special Education from MUSEC are highly regarded as pre-eminent practitioners by the educational and broader disability industry.