The Graduate Diploma of Special Education is a specialist qualification designed for teachers who wish to acquire basic training in special education. The course provides teachers with basic training in Special Education and the opportunity to increase their status in the teaching profession, obtain four-year trained salaries, increase eligibility for promotion and gain recognition as a teacher with special professional qualifications.
Bathurst Campus. Mid year enrolment is also available.
Full-time on campus
Part-time 2 years
Full-time 1 year
The minimum time requirement for part-time candidature is two years and the maximum time four years.
· hold a three-year Diploma of Teaching or Bachelor of Teaching degree;
· be a graduate of an approved tertiary institution with an end-on integrated professional qualification in teaching;
· possess other qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the Faculty of Education;
· have access to clients in educational or other settings for the completion of practical exercises.
To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 8 eight-credit point subjects one of which is the Practicum component that must be passed at a satisfactory standard.
There will be an Orientation Day held on a Saturday in the Autumn Session each year for all students enrolled in this course to introduce new and continuing students to staff, other students and library resources. The date of the Orientation Day will be advised through the Open Learning Institute at the commencement of the Autumn Session.
There are no compulsory residential schools. One voluntary residential school will be conducted in Autumn session of the first year only. This will be held in the Easter school vacation.
Session 1 (Autumn)
ESS401 Introduction to Exceptionality
ESS402 Assessment in Special Education
Session 2 (Spring)
ESS403 Managing Behaviour Problems
ESS404 Special Education Programming Strategies
Session 3 (Autumn)
ESS407 Understanding Literacy Problems
ESS408 Diagnostic Teaching of Mathematics
ESS405 Early Intervention
Session 4 (Spring)
ESS406 Teacher as Communicator
ESS409 Special Education Practicum
School of Teacher Education
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