Master of Education (Special Education)

Course summary

The Master of Education (Special Education) is specifically designed to provide professional training for qualified primary and secondary teachers to take up special education positions in schools. Non-school teachers who want to enhance their general knowledge and skills in special education for young people can also undertake the program.


This degree

The Master of Education (Special Education) offers sound theoretical foundations and extensive practical skills that address the broader aspects of education and training.

All students in this degree have the opportunity to incorporate electives from other education areas such as leadership or Information Communication Technology (ICT) to tailor their degree to current and future career goals.

This Master’s degree is flexible, allowing you to study online or in the classroom.


What you will study

This degree includes studies in a range of elective topics including:

  • policy, assessment and technologies for students with special needs
  • education for students with autism or language, learning and reading difficulties
  • behaviour management


  • You can also choose subjects in teaching gifted children or undertake a 20-day supervised professional experience placement.

    You will build skills to investigate and solve complex issues in a rapidly changing educational climate and conduct an individualised research project that ties in with your work, interests and study specialisation.

    Course information

    Study area

    Education

    Campus

    Wollongong

    Course Code

    422

    ATAR (UAI)

    -

    Duration

    1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

    Delivery

    Distance, On Campus

    Cricos

    083833E

    UAC Code

    -

    Admission, Key dates, and Fees

    Academic Requirements

    A recognised Bachelor degree in any area.

    English Requirements

    The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

    English Test

    Overall Score

    Reading

    Writing

    Listening

    Speaking

    IELTS Academic

    6.5

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

    6.0

    TOEFL (Internet-based)

    88

    18

    18

    18

    18

    UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

    Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

    Credit Transfer

    Applicants with a major study in Education plus three years' teaching experience may be eligible for credit for one session of study (24 credit points).

    Fees

    2018 Information
    Wollongong
    On Campus

    Session Fee: $11,808
    Full Course Fee: $35,424

    Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

    The fee per session is based on a standard full-time load and is equivalent to 24 credit points, ie 4 subjects.

    Overseas Health Cover:
    Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa if studying this program on campus. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

    Distance

    Session Fee: $11,808
    Full Course Fee: $35,424

    Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

    The fee per session is based on a standard full-time load and is equivalent to 24 credit points, ie 4 subjects.

    Overseas Health Cover:
    Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa if studying this program on campus. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

    Entry Requirements

    A recognised Bachelor degree in any area.

    Credit Transfer

    Applicants with a major study in Education plus three years' teaching experience may be eligible for credit for one session of study (24 credit points).

    Fees

    2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
    Wollongong
    On Campus

    Session Fee: $10,032
    Full Course Fee: $30,096

    The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to quota availability.

    For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

    Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

    Distance

    Session Fee: $10,032
    Full Course Fee: $30,096

    The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to quota availability.

    For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

    Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

    Admission information

    A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

    For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


    Profile information

    This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


    INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

    This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


    ATAR PROFILE

    This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

    ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

    ATAR

    Selection Rank

    Highest rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    75th percentile rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    Median rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    25th percentile rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    -

    -

    L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
    N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
    Understanding ATAR profile data

    ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
    Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

    STUDENT PROFILE

    This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

    APPLICANT BACKGROUND

    2016 intake

    2016 intake (%)

    Higher education study

    -

    -

    Vocational education & training study

    -

    -

    Recent secondary education

    Basis of admission

    ATAR Only

    -

    -

    ATAR plus additional criteria

    -

    -

    Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

    -

    -

    Work & life experience

    -

    -

    International students

    -

    -

    All students

    -

    -

    L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
    N/A: Data not available for this item
    N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
    Understanding student profile data

    Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
    Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
    ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
    ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
    early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
    Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
    schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
    Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
    International student represents all other students.

    MORE INFORMATION

    For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

    2018 Autumn

    Wollongong

    Session Commences
    26 February 2018

    Applications Close
    Key dates are:

    • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
      Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

    • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

    Session Details
    Orientation: 20 - 22 February 2018
    Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

    2018 Spring

    Wollongong

    Session Commences

    23 July 2018

    Applications Close
    29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

    Session Details
    Orientation: 16 July 2018
    Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

    Course structure

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Students graduating from the Master of Education will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of theory and practice in specialised disciplines within the field of education in national and/or international contexts
    2. Demonstrate expert, specialised and technical knowledge in broad educational areas of pedagogy, assessment and curriculum designed to address the needs of diverse learners across a range of educational contexts.
    3. Analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise information to solve complex problems in the educational field.
    4. Conduct independent research and inquiry, involving theoretical conceptualisation, innovative ideas and personal initiative.
    5. Demonstrate professional leadership through interpreting and communicating pedagogical knowledge and professional skills to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 

    Course Structure

    The program comprises 72 credit points (12 subjects) made up of the following:

    1. A compulsory research methodology subject (EDGZ921) to be taken in the first 36cp of study;
    2. A compulsory research project subject as listed in the selected specialisation. The research subject is to be taken in the final session of study;
    3. Subjects as outlined in the selected specialisation;
    4. Electives (to the credit point value specified in the selected specialisation) chosen from any specialisation in the Master of Education; and
    5. The degree will have no more than 24 credit points (four subjects) at 800 level.  

    Specialisations

    Please see the specialisation pages listed below for detailed subject information for each specialisation.

    *The Early Years specialisation is under review and will not be available for new enrolments in 2017.

     

    Course Handbook

    (Current year structure - subject to change)

    Accreditation & professional recognition

    This program is accredited with the Department of Education (DE) as a recognised qualification in special education for primary/secondary trained teachers.

    Why choose this course

    UOW’s School of Education has a reputation for practical programs and flexible learning strategies that produce highly employable educators. It is founded on the expertise of our staff and our strong ties with community organisations and government bodies.