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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Louise studied education with Curtin University through Open Universities Australia

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