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Master of Special Education

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The aim of the Master of Special Education is to provide a coherent program of study and professional experience to prepare students for the advanced professional duties of a qualified special educator working in either inclusive or specialised settings. The program focuses on evidence-based practice and the practical application of skills and knowledge to teaching practice. Students will become critical consumers of special education research and apply research principles to a small-scale project. The program incorporates flexible modes of delivery and is particularly suited to part-time study for practising professionals. Professional experience is an integral part of the program.

A prior teaching qualification is not required unless you want to work as a special education teacher in schools.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-special-education

[[Key benefits]]
- All materials inlcluding seminars, will be available online, allowing greater flexibility
- You will complete two practicum placements in special education settings and SPED828, the capstone unit, involves working with students with special education needs in the student's current workplace or a practicum setting.
- As there is a shortage of qualified special educators across Australia graduates are in demand
- You will be taught by academics leading research in special education

[[Suitable for]]
Suitable if you are a teacher, special education teacher or in another career that involves working with people with disabilities.

[[Recognition of prior learning]]
As this course is a professional qualification RPL is rarely given. In certain circumstances students may apply for RPL for specific units at postgraduate level.

[[Work experience requirements]]
Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. For recognition of prior informal and non-formal learning, please refer to the Departmental RPL Plan, which describes the evidential requirements and approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit in this program.

[[English language requirements]]
IELTS of 7.5 overall (with minimum 7.0 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing, 8.0 in Listening, 8.0 in Speaking) or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

- Accreditation
The Master of Special Education is a recognised teaching qualification in special education, though an initial teaching qualification is required to teach in schools. Postgraduate training may be recognised towards professional development requirements with the NSW Institute of Teachers.

- Career Opportunities
Graduates of this program may be employed as special education teachers or in related professional areas such as disability services, post-school employment support, respite care, early intervention etc.
There is a shortage of qualified special educators across Australia.
Note that if you wish to be employed as a teacher in a school, you will need to have a recognised teaching qualification in addition to this course.

- Employers
Schools or other organisations providing services for individuals with disabilities and/or learning or behaviour difficulties.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-special-education

Entry Requirements

Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in education, psychology, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, disability studies, or a related discipline

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