Certificate IV or above
4 years full-time
(or part-time equivalent)
- 2023: $12,916
- – March
- – July
Improve lives and realise potential.
Develop the knowledge and skills to shape an inclusive society.
Enjoy a highly sought-after career qualification in a growing sector as a Developmental Educator and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. Grounded in a human rights approach, graduates will be equipped to provide evidence-based services and interventions including therapeutic and positive behaviour supports for children and adults with diverse needs. Work with multi-disciplinary teams in government or private organisations or set up your own private practice, register with the NDIS, practice in early intervention, community settings, aged care – the options are endless.
Graduates of this four-year degree are eligible for full membership with the DEAI to practice as a Developmental Educator.
Certificate IV or above
4 years full-time
(or part-time equivalent)
Why study Disability and Developmental Education at Flinders
Lead teams or work as an individual practitioner as a Developmental Educator and Behaviour Support Practitioner in the disability and community services sectors.
Graduates are eligible for full membership with Developmental Educators Australia Inc.
From a young age I knew I wanted to be in a helping role and make an important difference in people’s lives. My experience as an external Disability and Developmental Education student at Flinders University was exceptional. Entering the professional world and working in the disability sector, I felt nothing short of prepared. The program has greatly expanded my professional networks and opened up multiple exciting opportunities. Thank you.
A typical first year may include:
A typical second year may include:
A typical third year may include:
A typical fourth year may include:
Students commencing in July (mid-year) will take 4.5 years to complete the degree full-time, due to pre-requisite requirements. March and July start date study plans are available here.
Students may be eligible for credit for the 1st year option topic if they have completed (within the past 10 years) a Certificate IV, Diploma or topic/subject in another University course that meets the learning outcomes of this course.
This course equips you with work-integrated knowledge and skills required for practice as a Developmental Educator and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner. Four practicums are included (one in second year, one in third year, and two in fourth year), with placements available across a number of settings including early intervention, schools, disability and community services, and aged care.
Opportunities for interstate and overseas placements are available.
Before commencing a placement, you will need to undertake some essential pre-placement checks. View further information about these requirements.
There are opportunities to take your studies overseas through:
The table below shows ATAR and Selection Rank data for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR commencing in Semester 1, 2022. It is limited to applicants that have recently completed secondary education (within the last two years). Data may reflect multiple courses available within a suite of courses.
|ATAR-based offers only across all offer rounds||ATAR - Excluding adjustment factors||Selection Rank - ATAR plus any adjustment factors|
|Highest rank to receive an offer||93.45||96.90|
|Median rank to receive an offer||67.42||68.40|
|Lowest rank to receive an offer||44.80||54.40|
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced study in this course in Semester 1, 2022 including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia. Applicant background groupings are based on educational background, not basis of admission. Data may reflect multiple courses available within a suite of courses.
|Applicant background (Semester 1, 2022)||Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|Higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course)||29||38%|
|Vocational education and training (VET) study||28||36%|
|Work and life experience||<5||<5|
|Recent secondary education - Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)||13||17%|
|Recent secondary education - Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test)||0||0%|
|Recent secondary education - Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration pathways)||<5||<5|
At Flinders University, we recognise that careers are evolving and the workplace of the future will look very different from today.
Whatever undergraduate course you are studying at Flinders, you can add innovation and enterprise electives to your degree to gain new, adaptable and transferrable skills that will equip you for the careers of tomorrow.
As a distance education provider for over 30 years, Flinders University is committed to helping you fit study around your lifestyle. Delivered by respected and experienced academics, all course content is specifically tailored to the online learning environment.
Flinders online students also have access to an extensive support network, with learning support, financial assistance, career services, and more, readily available. This includes:
Advice for study and assignments, plus extended library support hours during the semester.
Free online resources including readings and journals – with no need to buy textbooks.
Access to our IT helpdesk, as well as a range of software downloads and computer tutorials.
Free and confidential counselling service available online or over the phone.
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Applicants can apply for this course using Year 12 qualifications, previous higher education study, TAFE/VET qualifications, or through adult entry (STAT/Foundation Studies/tertiary preparation course).
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If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements and need to improve your English language proficiency, you can do so through Flinders University Academy – or our approved English Language Instruction Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers.
This means that you can attend the required English language tuition at approved ELICOS providers and gain direct entry into university without an IELTS or TOEFL test.
If you don’t meet our academic entry requirements, you can still gain entry to Flinders University through Flinders University Academy. With a range of diplomas, foundation and English language courses, students can find a direct pathway into the destination degree of their choice.
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