Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education)

Torrens University Australia

Course details

CRICOS course code: 095588C

Level of study: Postgraduate


A Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education) provides training for those seeking the specialist knowledge, experience and skills required to create supportive learning environments and improve the inclusion of students with a range of additional learning needs. This course is valuable to teachers and other professionals looking to expand their expertise into special education.

The Graduate Certificate of Education (Special Education) course takes a design thinking approach to analyse issues and challenges faced by persons with a range of additional learning needs. Informed by advanced theoretical knowledge, this special needs teacher course focuses on problem solving from a person first approach which shifts the role of the person at the centre from passive acceptance to a more active role that considers their individual needs.

Career opportunities

Special needs education is a response to a large section of our population – our disabled community. You will have opportunities to bring educational value to people with various disabilities in schools, TAFEs, universities and other agencies seeking to improve special education programs. It also provides an avenue for lead teacher status and leadership opportunities within schools and other educational establishments.

Career paths

Education Lead roles
Leadership role in special education
Disability support
Teacher Aide

Learning outcomes

Identify and analyse biases, prejudices and assumptions associated with learning differences
Apply a person-first perspective to solve challenges faced in special needs education
Design and evaluate inclusive, ethical and effective learning environments
Integrate contemporary special needs education findings into teaching practices

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
11,400 Per Year Expected Sep 2022 2 Trimesters full-time, 4 Trimesters part-time
Read more2 Trimesters full-time, 4 Trimesters part-time

Full time
Flinders Street Campus
196 Flinders Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent; and
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic: Overall 6.5 (min sub-score 6.0); Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL) – Paper Based Test: 575; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Internet Based Test (iBT): 79-93 (min. 21 in writing); Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 (min. 50 in all skills); Occupational English Test (OET): C


Torrens University Australia
88 Wakefield Street
Adelaide South Australia 5000
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