This course takes a Design Thinking approach to analyse issues and challenges faced by persons with a range of additional learning needs. Informed by
Provided by Torrens University Australia

Initial Fee

  • 5 $10,300

Total Fee

  • 5 $10,300


  • 2 Trimester

Mode of Delivery

  • Online

Course Code

  • 095588C

Start dates

September 14, 2020
November 2, 2020
  • Overview
  • Course Structure
  • Employment Outcomes and Pathways
  • Entry Requirements
  • Accreditation
  • About Course Provider

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

Standard: You must complete 11 core subjectsplus 1 elective subject.
Advanced: You must complete 11 core subjectsplus 5 elective subjects.
Core subjects
• Person First in Autism
• Autism: Contemporary Practices
• Autism Support Across the Lifespan
• Introduction to Mental Health Conditions
• Mental Health in Context
• Learning Differences
• Dyslexia
• Mental Health for Education Practice
• Inclusive Classroom Practice
• Education Major Project A
• Education Major Project B
Elective subjects
• Business Communications
• Managing People & Teams
• Dynamic Leadership
• Social Enterprise
• Program Design, Implementation & Evaluation
• Social, Behavioural & Cultural Factors in Public Health
• Becoming a High-Achieving Professional Educator
• Understanding & Interpreting Education Data
• Design Thinking for Education
• Innovation for Education
• Technology & Education
• Supporting Positive Learning Environments Additional elective subjects for Advanced ONLY
• Mental Health – Therapeutic Assessment & Intervention
• Working with Young People
• Positive Psychology & Coaching

• Education lead roles
• Leadership role in special education
• Disability support roles
• Consultancy
• Teacher Aide


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.


  • Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent; and
  • Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.
Please contact us for more information about accreditation.
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