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Postgraduate | CUR-MTPS501-2023

Pedagogies for Diversity

Learn to appreciate diversity in the school environment. Be exposed to different theories and teaching strategies and learn how to create individual educational plans for students with diverse abilities, and cultural and social diversity. 

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023
  • 28 Aug 2023

Price from


Upfront cost


HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge about physical, social and intellectual diversity and the use of appropriate resources to plan differentiated teaching experiences
  2. research and analyse information, ways of learning, legislative requirements and teaching strategies related to diverse groups of learners and diverse communities
  3. identify and apply teaching and learning strategies to engage learners from diverse cultural backgrounds inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  4. identify codes of ethics and conduct and strategies to engage and collaborate with families/carers, paraprofessionals and professional colleagues to support diverse groups of students
    • Introduction to concepts and policies of diversity and inclusion
    • Understanding diversity
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: cultural awareness and teaching strategies
    • Working with and in diverse communities
    • Sensory, physical and health needs
    • Cognitive needs
    • Social, Emotional and Behavioural needs
    • Creating and understanding Individual Educational Plans
  • The focus of this subject is on understanding about diversity within the context of a school environment. The subject will encompass literature and theory about student diversity and support and relate this knowledge to the learning environments for students with diverse abilities, and cultural and social diversity. The subject includes differentiated teaching strategies to cater for a diversity of learners and to maximise outcomes. The importance of working with parents/carers and other professionals within ethical, legislative, administrative and organisational requirements will be highlighted.

    Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

    Find out more about the Academic Integritymodule.

    • Case study report on an area of diversity and Individual Educational Plan (50%)
    • Report on teaching strategies for students from diverse backgrounds (50%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • CUR-PRI-MAS-2023 - Master of Teaching (Primary Education)
  • CUR-SEC-MAS-2023 - Master of Teaching (Secondary Education)


  • CUR-EDU-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Education
  • CUR-EDU-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Education
  • CUR-EDU-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Education
  • CUR-EDU-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Education

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

Student feedback

13 student respondents between: 08 June - 07 Dec 2022.

7-9 hourswas the average study commitment per week

92%of students felt the study load was manageable

76%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Master of Teaching (Primary Education)

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Graduate Certificate in Education