Master of Special Education

Macquarie University

The aim of this program to provide a coherent program of study and professional experience to prepare students for the advanced professional duties of a qualified special educator working in either inclusive or specialised settings. It focuses on evidence-based practice and the practical application of skills and knowledge to teaching practice. Students will become critical consumers of special education research and apply research principles to a small-scale project. The program incorporates flexible modes of delivery and is particularly suited to part-time study for practising professionals. Professional experience is an integral part of the program.

Entry Requirements:

Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in education, psychology, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, disability studies, or a related discipline


48 credit points at 800 level or above

Subjects you can Study:

Special education

Study Pathways:

Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education; Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education

Further information:

Career opportunities exist in a wide range of special education and disability settings from the preschool years to adulthood. A teaching qualification is not required unless you subsequently want to work as a special education teacher in schools. The Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) is a recognised provider of the Department of Education and Communities 'Every Student, Every School' scholarships. This course is available part-time for external study only.


The Master of Special Education is a recognised teacher education qualification in special education, though an initial teaching qualification is required. Postgraduate training may be recognised towards professional development requirements with the NSW Institute of Teachers.

Who for:

Teachers, special education teachers or any other individuals with a career that involves working with people with disabilities

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

Related Careers:

Teacher - Special Education,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Ryde No info Yes Online
North Ryde No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
North Ryde No info Yes Part time 3 years
Established in Sydney in 1964, Macquarie University is a progressive voice among universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Created during a time of extraordinary social transformation to be a different kind of university, it was and will always be a bold experiment in higher education.

True to its founders' vision, the University has challenged the conventional thinking of academia through innovations in its campus set-up, curricula, interdisciplinary research, and engagement with industry and the wider community.

More than 40,000 students are enrolled annually across five faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Human Sciences, and Science and Engineering.

Over the years, the campus has become a magnet for a constellation of companies - all local and global leaders in dynamic sectors including information technology and healthcare - which means greater access to career opportunities for its graduates.

The University is imbuing all of its undergraduate curricula with an emphasis on civic and professional participation. Its PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program takes students into working and social environments that enrich their experiences and connections, and open their minds to engaging as active world citizens.

The Macquarie University campus in North Ryde is connected to the Sydney CBD by fast and efficient transport - 20 minutes by car and 30 minutes by train.

Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

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