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May 18 2018

Master of Education (Special Education) – University of Southern Queensland

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Master of Education (Special Education)

Extend your specialist knowledge

USQ s Master of Education (Special Education) extends your specialist knowledge, experience and skills working with students with learning difficulties. You will have the opportunity to study in the areas of behaviour management, Autism Spectrum Disorder and teaching students with high support needs.

Study flexibility

If you are not sure whether you would like to complete an entire Masters degree, apply to study USQ s Graduate Certificate of Education. Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place) or Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying) and take the credit from your studies to the Master of Education if you decide to continue studying.

Develop research skills

A significant component of your studies will be research courses designed to expand your understanding of the role of education in society, and the challenges faced by educators in rapidly changing, multicultural communities. Choose between an Applied Research or Advanced Research project.

  • The Applied Research has a practical emphasis on innovative and creative approaches to solving current issues in the education environment. You can use your own experiences as a backdrop to your studies and develop a research project based on your current workplace.
  • The Advanced Research specialisation will allow you to gain an in-depth understanding of your education interests. Using research methods, you will explore different approaches to contemporary education, and develop professional research skills essential to undertaking further learning. This specialisation offers a research-based pathway into a PhD, subject to meeting all entry requirements.

Do you want to work in a special school or in a regular classroom? With groups of students or on an individual basis? Graduates of the Master of Education (Special Education) will have the skills to lead educators successfully in special education or the disabilities sector. Career opportunities also exist in training related fields, human services and community-based government organisations.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink .

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Approved bachelor degree, or equivalent, in education.
  • Candidates with a bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a non-related discipline may be eligible for entry into USQ s Graduate Certificate of Education. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they may apply for entry into the Master of Education.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

To apply for this degree:

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via online.

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 2, 2017 – applications close Monday 3 July, with Semester 2 commencing on 10 July 2017.
  • Semester 3, 2017 – applications close Monday 7 November, with Semester 3 commencing on 14 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 – applications close Monday 19 February, with Semester 1 commencing on 26 February 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


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