Inclusion is about a community where all people are welcomed and given the opportunity to:-
- Develop and reach their full potential
- Have whatever assistance they need to take their rightful place as part of community
The Inclusive Education and Disability courses will appeal to anyone who wants a career that will help make this a reality for all people, and in particular people with are living with disability.
Offered at both the associate degree and degree levels, these courses will help you develop the skills needed to empower individuals through inclusive learning and developmental opportunities, and to make a real difference in individuals’ lives. You will develop a holistic view of disability and the social structures that influence learning and development for people living with disability.
With a particular focus on the inclusion and support of students with disabilities in schools and all aspects of community life, our courses qualify you to work in this special interest area and give you the skills to be an advocate for the learning and development of people with a disability.
These courses are particularly beneficial for those applicants who are unsure of the career choices they will make in the future as graduates, as graduates are able to pursue a wide range of careers in the disability or human services sectors.
Students in the Associate Degree have the option to transfer to the Bachelor in Inclusive Education and Disability Studies.
Graduates of the Bachelor Degree can apply for entry to a range of Master’s programs including School Teaching (Primary), Early Childhood and Social Work.
As an ACU Inclusive Education and Disability Studies graduate what valued skills will you possess?
- A deep understanding of disability and the way that social structures support or impede the learning and development of people living with disability
- An understanding of the problems, issues and challenges facing people living with disability in education and broader community contexts
- A strong capacity as a reflective, independent and flexible thinker who can apply their skills to assist people living with disability to increase their participation in society and experience improved quality of life
- The values, attitudes, attributes, knowledge and skills to be effective, committed and engaged inclusion specialists in diverse settings
- A capacity to act as an accomplished and articulate advocate for the rights and requirements of people living with disability within professional, community and outreach contexts
Where to from ACU?
Graduates of these courses have pursued a wide range of career choices including:
Disability employment support services; adult education teachers; behaviour support specialists; community-based accommodation; respite and day program coordination; and disability specialists in councils, tertiary education, and community services such as aged care and neighbourhood centres.
Pursuing further study through a Master of Teaching degree enables graduates to teach in mainstream (inclusive) school settings and special education settings and supports. All classrooms experience students with a wide range of learning needs and other factors that place them at risk of not being fully included. The Bachelor of Inclusive Education and Disability studies combined with a Master of Teaching (Primary) degree places graduates with excellent knowledge and skills to enable them to fully include all children in the classroom.