Master of Inclusive Education

Approved Abbreviation: MInclEd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1720.2

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 097039E

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2015 - please refer to 1720.1 Master of Inclusive Education

The Master of Inclusive Education is a post-initial teaching qualification which enables teachers to work with individuals with additional needs across a range of settings (early childhood, primary, secondary, post-school). Advancing the quality of life and learning outcomes for individuals with additional needs requires specialists who not only hold the necessary knowledge, but possess skills and dispositions to work in a manner that builds the capacity of individuals with additional needs, their families and those working with them. The course considers individuals with a range of disabilities and needs across the lifespan. The course includes a teaching practicum with students with additional needs, and the construction and completion of a research project. Delivered through a flexible online mode, and founded in authentic learning experiences, the course is well-suited to in-service teachers across Australia and beyond Western Sydney Universitys' Master of Inclusive Education is recognised as a post-initial teaching qualification in Inclusive/Special Education (for example, teachers who are qualified to teach in either primary or secondary and then complete the Master of Inclusive Education are recognised as Special Education teachers for K-12 by the NSW Department of Education and Communities). The Inclusive Education qualification of early childhood and adult education teachers working in the disability field is subject to recognition by their employers.

Study Mode
Two to three years part-time.

Advanced standing

Students with a postgraduate (Level 8) qualification OR a bachelor qualification (Level 7) plus three years full time of teaching experience can apply for up to four units Advanced Standing, assessed at the time of admission.

Qualified primary or secondary teachers who complete this course will become recognised Special Education teachers across K-12 with NSW Department of Education.


Applicants for admission into the Master of Inclusive Education must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in teaching/education that leads to a professional teaching qualification.

An undergraduate degree in teaching includes the historical 2-3 year Diploma of Teaching/Education prior to 1987.

Additional Information for Applicants:

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

International applicants who are non-student visa holders, and are in a permissible visa category, must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements and must provide evidence to satisfy the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as in the following:

1. An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Report Form (TRF) that shows:

  • a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing; and
  • a score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 12-month period prior to submitting an application.


2. An applicant who has completed study assessed by AITSL as comparable to at least four years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education (university) study, that results in a qualification/s comparable to the education level of an Australian bachelor degree or higher (must include a recognised initial teacher education qualification) undertaken in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States. Details of acceptable proof are available on The University's International website

International - Entry requirements

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Students must also complete Child Protection training and Working with Children Check Student Declaration, as well as obtain Anaphylaxis certification. In addition, students must also meet literacy and numeracy requirements and Inherent Requirements for teaching.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students must satisfactorily complete Child Protection training and Working with Children Check Student Declaration, as well as obtain Anaphylaxis certification.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points consisting of three core units and nine alternate units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma after the successful completion of 80 credit points of study or Graduate Certificate after the successful completion of 40 credit points of study of the relevant units, selected from a restricted list of the Master of Inclusive Education units.

Exit Awards

1722 - Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education - 80 credit points

1721 - Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education - 40 credit points


Core Units

101656Researching Practice
102163Professional Project
102153Professional Experience (Additional Needs)

Alternate units (the first ten units below are only on offer once every two years)

102322Addressing Diversity in Mathematics Teaching and Learning
102147Assessing to Support Learning
102324Assessment and Intervention for Mathematics and Numeracy Learning
102156Disability in Context
102146Effective Working Relationships
102149Inclusive Environments
102158Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts
102151Managing Challenging and Diverse Behaviour
102166Person-Centred Practice
102168Principles and Practices of Evaluation
102154Technology Assisting Learning
102150Universal Design for Learning

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