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Graduate Diploma of Inclusive Education

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Graduate Diploma of Inclusive Education

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Do you want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed at school? Do you want to play a leading role in making communities and educational settings welcoming to all children, and help them get the most from their learning?

CSU's Graduate Diploma of Inclusive Education will enable you to become a highly skilled education professional, capable of working effectively with people with special or additional education needs, their teachers, parents and service providers, in a range of education settings.

Be a leader in making education work for everyone.

  • Why study this course?

    • Delivered online, this degree allows you to combine work and study, so you can apply what you learn directly to a professional setting.
    • CSU's Graduate Diploma of Inclusive Education is recognised by the NSW Department of Education and communities for teachers who have an initial teaching qualification and wish to teach in special education settings.
    • Examine the social, moral, cultural, legal, educational and political influences on the development of inclusive education practices.
    • Learn about both Australian and international policies and practices in inclusive education.
    • Expand your career opportunities by developing the skills and knowledge to teach, collaborate, consult, advocate and evaluate, in an inclusive education setting.
    • This course also provides a pathway to CSU’s Master of Inclusive Education

  • Career opportunities
    This course gives you the potential to work in a number of roles, including:

    • Social worker
    • Youth worker
    • Disability support worker
    • Curriculum designer
    • Community liaison officer
    • Early childhood intervention specialist
    • Special education teacher.
  • Credit and pathways

    Credit is available for subjects previously completed at CSU. This course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education, for which full credit is available. Applications for credit for subjects completed at other institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Workplace learning

    The development of practical skills is a vital component of this course, and you will undertake a 20-day placement in a supervised setting to gain this invaluable experience.

    If you are already employed in some capacity in the field, you may complete the practicum requirements within your current teaching role, if there are children requiring special education in the class. Please consult with your Course Director regarding this.

    NOTE: While credit may be approved for the practical component of this subject, if you demonstrate suitable practical experience, the academic component must still be completed.

    Please note that the following subject has a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT438 Inclusive Education Practicum

    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course is comprised of eight subjects (64 points):  6 core subjects and 2 elective subjects.

    Core Subjects
    ESS440 Teaching and Learning in the Differentiated Classroom
    ESS422 Assessment and Evaluation for Learning
    ESS423 Designing and Managing the Inclusive Learning Environment
    ESS426 Collaboration and Teamwork in the Inclusive School
    EPT438 Inclusive Education Practicum
    ESS412 Developing Individual Education Programs

    Restricted Electives
    The choice of any two of the following 8 point electives:
    ESS424 Early Intervention and Inclusion
    ESS513 Meeting the Needs of Students with Communication Difficulties
    ESS516 Understanding Mathematical Difficulties
    ESS518 Reading Difficulties: Prevention and Intervention


    The following subjects are key subjects in the Graduate Diploma of Inclusive Education course effective from 201430.  These subjects are key subjects as they are comprised of foundational knowledge and skills that are applied in subsequent subjects in the course.

    ESS440 Teaching & Learning in the Differentiated Classroom
    ESS423 Designing & Managing the Inclusive Learning Environment
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Year 1

    Session 1

    ESS440 Teaching and Learning in the Differentiated Classroom
    ESS422 Assessment and Evaluation for Learning

    Session 2

    ESS423 Designing and Managing the Inclusive Learning Environment
    ESS426 Collaboration and Teamwork in the Inclusive School

    [Exit point for Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education]

    Year 2

    Session 3

    [          ] Restricted Elective
    [          ] Restricted Elective

    Session 4

    EPT438 Inclusive Education Practicum
    ESS412 Developing Individual Education Programs

     

    Restricted Electives

    The choice of any two of the following 8 point electives:
    ESS424 Early Intervention and Inclusion
    ESS513 Meeting the Needs of Students with Communication Difficulties
    ESS516 Understanding Mathematical Difficulties
    ESS518 Reading Difficulties: Prevention and Intervention

  • Admission information

    Applicants must:

    1) hold a three-year Diploma of Teaching or Bachelor of Teaching degree; OR be a graduate of an approved tertiary institution with an end-on integrated professional qualification in teaching; OR possess other qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the Faculty;

    AND

    2) have access to students with special educational needs in educational or other settings for the completion of practical exercises.
     

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

     
    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYYOEGI
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYYJEGI

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • About the School
    School of Education

    CSU’s School of Education has an innovative approach to education and operates from CSU’s Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga campuses. Courses offered at CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus have a focus on primary and secondary teacher education including Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) and Vocational Education and Training (VET). At Albury-Wodonga Campus courses range from early childhood through to secondary education. The School has a strong international reputation and research profile, with leaders in diverse fields such as Maths Education; Action Research; Early Childhood Education; Transitions and Pedagogy; and Technology and Teaching Practice. Several staff are members of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE). Exciting opportunities also exist for people wishing to pursue specialist higher degrees by research.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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