Master of Education (Special Education)

master of education, special education

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is the second-largest university in the state of Western Australia, and home to over 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. This includes over 6,000 international students, originating from more than 100 countries.

ECU has been ranked the top public university in Australia for student experience for the second year in a row – 2017 and 2018 QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) survey. The University prides itself on a highly practical, hands-on approach to learning. Students are prepared for the real world of work with the right balance of practical knowledge and academic excellence.

Programs are developed in consultation with industry groups and there is a strong focus on graduates’ employability skills, and all schools are equipped with world-class facilities and employ the best teaching and research staff recruited from around the world.

The School of Education at Edith Cowan University (ECU) is the most popular and longest established school of education in Western Australia (WA). The experienced academic team are world leaders in tertiary teaching in the area of teacher education and strive to find better ways to prepare quality teachers through innovative teaching and learning, research and community based partnerships with schools. ECU has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years and has a strong reputation for the quality of its graduates.

Faculty School of Education
Programme Code MESE
Inaugural Intake: 05 April 2019
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Master of Education (Special Education)


As a Master of Education student at ECU, students will be taught by industry experienced lecturers and develop specialist classroom skills. Designed to help educators’ master leadership and teaching skills, the ECU Master of Education offers educators the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a specialist area. The Special Education specialisation provides an opportunity for motivated professionals to extend their knowledge and skills to provide research informed strategies and practices for students who have diverse abilities.

Program Overview

This specialisation is committed to student engagement and recognises that students are active learners and engaged in authentic workplace experiences. Problem-solving, based on real life scenarios, and other collaborative teaching and learning strategies that promote engagement, will be a feature of the course. Assessment is explicitly linked to the teaching and learning process, and can be contextualised to suit the workplace experiences of students. A variety of authentic and innovative assessment strategies is used to promote student learning, improve performance, and to showcase student learning. Assessment is designed to encourage reflection, notably through the use of the 5Rs framework and self-assessment, and to evaluate the extent to which students have met course outcomes.

Students are required to complete 4 Core units, plus 4 Minor units.


RES6101 – Research Preparation: Method of Research

This unit is designed for students without prior training in research methods in the social sciences. It is assumed that students have not yet begun the design of a postgraduate research study (Honours, Master or PhD) or are at an early stage in the design of that study. For this reason the unit addresses both quantitative and qualitative research methods, recognising that most postgraduate students will choose one or other of these paradigms to frame their inquiries. The unit will provide the foundations and address the fundamental issues in social science research. It cannot encompass every possible research method. Students will be expected to build on these foundations when adopting a particular method for their research study. Students will be expected to develop basic level skills in applications of statistics in the social sciences. It is assumed that students have basic computational skills. Notwithstanding the limitations described above, the unit will require a sophisticated understanding of the basic concepts and issues and students will be expected to contribute at a postgraduate standard of competence.

EDU6195 – Advanced Seminar

This unit is a compulsory unit in the Masters of Education suite of units and explores educational research and how education theory relates to educational practice. The major themes are explored through academic readings; research presentations and related critical analysis. Completion of assignments/papers related to the themes consolidate learning during the semester.

EDU6160 – Leading Education in a Global Context

This unit examines the issue of globalisation and its impact on education, systems and leaders. Educators should develop an understanding of the broader international context as its impacts are evident in the pressures and demands at the local, state and national levels, with subsequent ramifications for educational institutions. The complexity of the inter-related connections between globalisation and change in education at the local, national and international levels comprise the hub of this unit.

EDU6170 – Assessment in Education: Policies, Pedagogy and Equity

This unit explores contemporary issues associated with assessment relevant to all phases of education and learning areas. It critically explores current assessment policies, frameworks and established practices from global, national, state and local perspectives and introduces theoretical perspectives and research from a range of scholars that provides a basis for challenging thinking about issues of learning and assessment.

Students must attend 75% of classes to qualify for examination and graduation.


EDU6373 – Foundation Studies and Current Issues in Special Education

Current social, ethical and pedagogical issues and controversies in the field of special education will be examined. A range of policies in respect to the delivery of services to children with special needs in regular and special schools will be analysed in detail. Attention will be given to controversies about methodologies and instructional strategies in the field. The factors that make for successful inclusion of students with disabilities will also be discussed. Implications for the administration of special education services will be examined. Research design issues in the field will also be addressed.

EDU6174 – Instructional Design for Special Education

This unit requires advanced study of instructional design to cater for the needs of students with disabilities. An emphasis will be on selecting effective teaching approaches that cater for students either within the regular classroom or within a special education facility. The main focus of the unit is the identification of the principles of effective instructional design and the evaluation of materials in classrooms against the best practice criteria. Students will also be encouraged to monitor their own understanding and learning strategies against those behaviours described in the research as belonging to ‘effective learners’.

EDU6477 – Direct Instruction and Teaching Effectiveness in Special Education

This unit reviews research into the effective teaching of language, reading, maths and spelling to children with special needs. Topics include Direct Instruction methods, task analysis of skills and assessment procedures. It also focuses on techniques used to modify the curriculum to cater for the learning needs of children with learning disabilities or learning difficulties in regular schools. A strong emphasis is placed on Direct Instruction techniques.

EDU6584 – Strategies for Learning Difficulties

This unit will consider educational issues for students with learning difficulties together with identifying the characteristics of students at risk. The emphasis will be on assessment, planning, organisation, management, and teaching of students with learning difficulties within the regular classroom. A critical analysis of effective teaching strategies and the identification of current trends in educating students with learning difficulties will be undertaken. Policy and service delivery to children with learning difficulties will be reviewed. The process of developing a whole school support program for students at educational risk and working collaboratively with school staff, parents and peripatetic staff to implement appropriate models of support will be investigated. The unit has a strong practical component and students will be given the opportunity to apply diagnostic and remedial techniques and to differentiate the curriculum to accommodate the needs of individual students within the regular classroom.

Students must attend 75% of classes to qualify for examination and graduation.


The following academic course requirements are applicable:


English Language Requirement


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Inaugural Intake 05 April 2019
Duration 24 months (12 Months accelerated)
Course Fee Structure Payment to be made to
Non Refundable Application Fees S$150.00
Course Fee S$23,800.00
Total Payable before GST S$23,950.00
GST of 7% $1,676.50
Total Payable after GST S$25,626.50
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