Special education courses

Inspire future generations to love learning with a primary teaching course

Help me choose a course

Introduction to Special education

Study towards a rewarding career helping children with special needs in the classroom. Gain specialist skills to engage with students and their parents. Become part a transdisciplinary team striving to improve learning and social engagement.

Secondary education student Louise
Louise studied education with Curtin University through Open Universities Australia

Discover special education courses

Online special education subjects and short courses

Discover 33 ways to study special education with leading Australian universities.

Explore special education courses

Special education study FAQs

Tertiary education degree specialisations

Open Universities Australia offers a range of online tertiary education courses for you to explore. Enrol with a leading Australian university in a specialisation to shape your career or fire your passion. You might choose from areas such as:

  • Online learning
    Design and deliver online courses. Get work ready for a remote-world, skilled up in digital practices, digital literacies, and student management online.
  • Governance and leadership
    Gain confidence and expertise. Courses in governance are ideal for professionals already working in the higher education sector, including policy makers and senior administrative staff.
  • Postgraduate research supervision
    Adopt high standards and best practices to manage the challenges of various levels of research including Masters and Honours dissertations.

What you’ll learn from a course in tertiary education:

Choose a tertiary education course and you’ll cover a range of topics to support your aspirations as a higher education leader or practitioner. These include:

  • Curriculum design and creative teaching strategies.
  • New pedagogies for innovative learning.
  • Positive and technology rich learning environments.

Student stories and study advice

What makes a good teacher?

The best teachers aren’t just knowledgeable authority figures—they also know how to inspire and motivate their students. Here are the characteristics of a good teacher. 

The great debate: Primary or secondary teaching?

Do you want to make a positive impact on the world through the lives of today’s young people? Discover whether primary or secondary teaching is right for you. 

Early childhood education vs childcare courses: What’s the difference?

Want to teach and inspire young children before they reach primary school? There are two main study paths to choose from, depending on your goals.

How you can work with Aboriginal communities and give back

Want to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part of your career? Here are three jobs to consider, from remote teaching to arts programming.

We’re here to guide you to the right uni course

A student leaping from one side of a platform to another, with a blue sky in the background.

Open Universities Australia is a not-for-profit organisation helping every Australian to access thousands of university courses.

Over 479,000 students have enrolled in university through us since 1993.

Student reviews

Why study through us? Students say it best.

We’re here to support your studies from enrolment to completion 7 days a week.

How we can help you

Studying through Open Universities Australia means we take care of the guesswork and administration of university study, so you can focus on learning.

You don't need a strong academic history to go to uni

We make it possible for everyone to start university through single subjects, regardless of ATAR or study experience. These subjects are covered by government loans, and can be used to upskill or gain entry into a qualification.

You have the flexibility to start at multiple points during the year

We’re not restricted by a traditional academic calendar, so you can enrol when it suits your life. You also have total control over how you study. You can scale up (or down) your study load and even pause your course if you need to.

You can rely on us as an unbiased destination for online tertiary education

As a not for profit, we have your best interests at heart. Our advisors are here 7 days a week to guide and support you. It’s our priority to get you qualified with the university of your choice.

Enrol in courses from 28 of Australia's leading universities

The University of Notre Dame Australia logoAustralian National University logo
University of New South Wales logoThe University of Newcastle logo
Curtin University logoEdith Cowan University logo
James Cook University Australia logoThe University of Queensland logo
Bond University logoGriffith University logo
Charles Sturt University logoSwinburne University logo
Australian Catholic University logoTorrens University Australia logo
University of the Sunshine Coast logoUniversity of New England logo
La Trobe University logoVictoria University logo
University of Adelaide logoMacquarie University logo
University of Tasmania logoUniversity of South Australia logo
Southern Cross University logoMurdoch University logo
DeakinCo. logoUniversity of Southern Queensland logo
Flinders University logoRMIT University logo

Our friendly student advisors are here to help

We're here to guide you every step of the way with expert advice on:

  • Choosing a course that suits you best
  • Enrolling, and planning your studies
  • Understanding your funding options

Call, message, or chat with an advisor today.

Contact us

Talk to a student advisor

We'll be in touch to answer your questions, usually within 30 minutes during business hours.