Special education courses

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Introduction to Special education

Are you ready for a meaningful career in inclusive education? 

With the online special education courses on this page, you can gain the skills required to work as a special education teacher or aide. You will also find postgraduate courses designed to upskill you as a current educator.  

Browse special education teaching courses that will prepare you for work in primary, secondary and adult education settings. You can even specialise in an area such as autism studies or mental health support if you have your heart set on a particular role. 

All courses are flexible, online and delivered by leading universities, which means you will learn from the best in the field. This is your chance to make an impact; to ensure that all students have access to the education they deserve.  

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Online special education subjects and short courses

University of New England

UndergraduateUNE-EDSP102

The Twice Exceptional Student

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024

University of New England

UndergraduateUNE-EDIT102

Technology for Inclusion

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 24 Jun 2024

Online special education degrees

University of Tasmania

Drive students to succeed in the classroom

Support children and adults with learning difficulties in a classroom environment. Explore strategies for one-on-one engagement. Develop essential communication and problem-solving skills that will help you excel as an educator.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Griffith University

PostgraduateGRF-AUS-GCE

Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies

Bring a whole-of-life approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Engage with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including communication, learning style and behaviour management. Benefit from a multi-disciplinary, whole-of-life focus, leading to quality intervention and management for people with ASD.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

University of New England

Create safe and supportive learning environments for students with special needs

Become a Primary and Special and Inclusive Education Teacher. Engage students with learning difficulties and disabilities. Learn to build an inclusive primary school classroom. Be valued and enjoy a rewarding career helping children develop.

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Flinders University

Become a specialised educator in just 18 months

Positively shape educational settings for diverse students. You’ll master skills to lead and design inclusive and specialised education. Advocate quality education for students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

100% online

Approx. 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent

Discover 36 ways to study special education with leading Australian universities.

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