Prepare to be a primary teacher who is a specialist in special education, so you can nurture the development of those with a disability or learning and behavioural difficulties. By studying this course, you will also gain the practical skills to manage social, cultural and developmental diversity.


Ballarat, Brisbane, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield  


 4 yrs FT (or equivalent PT)

Essential Requirements for Admission

Assumed knowledge: Major in English (T); Major in Mathematics (T)

Assumed knowledge: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, two units of Mathematics Band 4. This course includes a full year of discipline studies to allow applicants to meet the three band 5 entry requirements.

English (units 3 and 4, C); general mathematics, mathematical methods or specialist mathematics (units 3 and 4, C); a general science subject (units 3 and 4, C).
English (units 3 and 4), a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English; mathematics (units 1 and 2), two units (any study combination) of general mathematics or mathematical methods or specialist mathematics or units 3 and 4 (any mathematics).

Career outcomes 

  • Primary school teacher
  • special needs primary school teacher
  • educator in community education centres
  • policy development
  • private colleges and inclusive education settings.

Professional Experience

110 days with a minimum of 30 days in a special education setting, as a requirement for Victorian Institute of Teaching recognition of special education specialisation.

Year 1: Community engagement, minimum of 35 hours. Year 2: 15 days, 15 days. Year 3: 15 days, 30 days. Year 4: 5 days, 30 days.

*Community engagement will be undertaken in an educational setting.

Professional Recognition / Accreditation

Graduates are eligible for registration as a primary or special education teacher in a primary, government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools, and can work in inclusive education settings. This program is pending accreditation. Once accredited the program will meet the teacher education component of the qualification requirements for registration in all states and territories.

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