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Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education)

Torrens University Australia
2 trimesters
Full time/part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Adelaide, Melbourne (Australia), Sydney

Program description

Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education)

This course takes a Design Thinking approach to analyse issues and challenges faced by persons with a range of additional learning needs. Informed by advanced theoretical knowledge, the Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education) focuses on problem solving from a person first perspective. The person first approach allows situations to be tackled from the perspective of the individual, and by doing so shifts the focus from a passive acceptance from the person at the centre of the issue to a more active role where their individual needs are actively considered.

Admission requirements

Teachers wishing to specialise within a particular context (i.e. Mental Health, Autism, Learning Differences) to support individuals in mainstream classrooms.

Domestic Admission Criteria

The standard entry requirement for a postgraduate program is a completed qualification at AQF Level 6.5 (Bachelor degree) or above from an Australian University or an equivalent overseas higher education qualification.

International Admission Criteria

  • Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent; and
  • Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Learning Differences
  • Dyslexia
  • Introduction to Mental Health Conditions
  • Person First in Autism

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

10 hours per subject, per week.

You control your workload, choose to study full-time, part-time, or accelerate your study to graduate sooner. You will always be supported, whether you are studying on-campus or online.

Tuition fees

For more about tuition fees, please request information.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and critically analyse biases, prejudices and assumptions associated with learning differences in society and educational practice
  • Apply a ‘person first’ perspective to problem solve
  • Analyse, design and evaluate inclusive, ethical and effective learning environments

Continuing studies

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education) can progress to further postgraduate studies in related fields of education.

Career opportunities

They can also advance and diversify their position in the education field, such as advisory roles. Further, a qualification in special education opens opportunities for Graduates to work in special schools as well as expert roles in mainstream schools. N.B. This is not an accredited Australian Initial Teacher Education course and therefore does not qualify the student to teach in Australia.

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Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, careers-focused and global perspective to higher education. Our courses are aimed at providing graduates with a globally oriented skill-set that will make them a valuable contribution to any employer. Torrens University’s ensures that...

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