Degree details

This program is designed to give teachers a competitive edge when seeking or fulfilling leadership roles within special needs education. Graduates will develop advanced understandings of current educational issues together with a high level of practical competence in systematically applying school data and evidence-based practices to coordinate targeted supports and interventions with staff and parents across school, home, and community settings.

An action research project enables graduates to be successful change agents and leaders in research-based innovation, intervention, and educational change that today's schools value.

You will find employment opportunities as an inclusion teacher, support teacher or special education teacher working in a range of educational settings. You will be able to advance your professional career to senior leadership positions in special and inclusive education.

Please note that this degree does not lead to teacher registration.

Higher education

Applicants to the Master of Special Needs and Intervention Education program are required to have the following:

  • a Graduate Certificate in Special Needs Education (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 4.5.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.

Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following University policy for exceptions to these overall requirements:

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Master of Special Needs and Intervention Education (MSpNeedsInterventionEd), a student must acquire 80 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 80 credit points for the prescribed courses.

This degree/s may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur and will appear below the conferral date of the award.