Education (Special Education)

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time l Part-time
Location: On campus l External | Online (Graduate Certificate)


Course name: Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education)
Duration (full-time equivalent):  6 months
SATAC code:  2GC012
CRICOS code:  053134C

Course name: Master of Education (Special Education)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 2 years
SATAC code: 2CM009
CRICOS code: 053058K


This articulated program is professionally designed to extend the competence of teachers to educate and support students with special educational needs in a range of educational settings.

The Master of Education (Special Education) is also open to members of other professions who wish to expand their expertise into the area of special education, but is not designed to be an initial preparation for teaching.

The Masters provides for the in-depth study of matters of crucial importance for the education of children needing special education, including curriculum and systems and issues relating to early development.

Specialisation is available in the areas of learning difficulties, gifted education, behaviour problems, employment issues, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, hearing impairment, vision impairment, autism, and psychological perspectives.

Students undertaking the Special Education stream in the Graduate Certificate in Education select four topics from the Masters program.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification in education, disability studies, psychology, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy or a closely related discipline from an approved tertiary institution.

Masters degrees are 72-unit courses but credit of up to 36 units may be granted for an approved 4 year degree and relevant work experience. Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or equivalent receive some credit when progressing to Education Masters program.

Accredited professional development pathways modules may also be recognised. Refer to Accreditation of Professional Development Pathways Modules at Flinders University for more details.

These courses are professionally-oriented and are intended for people currently employed as teachers in the field of education; they do not qualify graduates for teacher registration.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.



International students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates: Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.


Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Education)

Place type: Full fee paying

2014 - $6,637

2015 - $11,550
Master of Education (Special Education)

Place type: Full fee paying

2014 - $12,970

2015 - $23,100

Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated? 

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