Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC), a centre for research and teaching in special education, enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality of its research, its excellence in postgraduate teaching and its contribution to program development in the area of special education.
Established in 1975, the Macquarie University Special Education Centre was one of the very first research centres to be initiated 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 thirty 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 two graduate certificates in areas of special education, a Graduate Diploma of Special Education 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.
Our vision, mission and goals
To be the pre-eminent Australian centre for research, postgraduate teaching and program development in special education.
To serve the local community, the State and the nation by the provision of quality research, professional training and program development in special education.
- To carry out and to promote excellence in research and teaching in special education.
- To develop and disseminate the most effective models of instruction for persons who have special needs or experience learning and associated difficulties as a result of a disability.
- To engage in activity which is focused on the practical application of research-based approaches and strategies which will optimise learning outcomes for the persons referred to above.
- To develop ways of facilitating the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other special needs into the least restrictive environment and consequently to develop ways of improving instruction and the management of behaviour for such individuals.
Aims and objectives
To conduct research into the education of individuals with disabilities and learning/behaviour difficulties, with particular emphases on literacy, numeracy, communication and behaviour management.
To develop and disseminate effective instructional materials and programs for use by special educators, regular educators and related professionals in the wider community.
To provide exemplary training for special educators, regular teachers and related professionals in the skills, methods and procedures necessary for effective instruction and behaviour management for young children, students and others with special educational needs, and to provide this training at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and through professional development courses and consultancy.
To serve the community by means of a research-based, on-site special school and associated programs for students and young children with disabilities and learning difficulties to serve as models of contemporary exemplary practice. To liaise with the relevant State and Federal agencies, as well as with local schools and disability services in the formulation of policies and the implementation of effective special education programs.
To foster affiliations with other relevant and appropriate bodies and agencies in the public and private sectors, subject to conditions acceptable to the University.