Master of Inclusive Education

Approved Abbreviation: MInclEd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1720.3

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 2H 2019 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 2016 to 1H 2019 - please refer to 1720.2 Master of Inclusive Education

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

The Master of Inclusive Education is a post-initial teaching qualification designed to allow teachers to apply their learning to their current workplace and interests in the rapidly changing landscape of inclusive education and person-centred practice. Through a deep examination of current research and theory, teachers not only develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with students, their families and other professionals but themselves become practitioner researchers. Available to teachers from Australia and overseas, qualified primary and secondary teachers with the Master of Inclusive Education are recognised as Special Education teachers for K-12 by the NSW Department of Education.

Study Mode
One to one and a half years full-time or two to three years part-time (based on eligibility for advanced standing)

Advanced standing

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

Qualified primary or secondary teachers who complete the Master of Inclusive Education will become recognised Special Education teachers across K-12 with the 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.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

International applicants who are non-student visa holders, and are in a permissible visa category, must apply directly to the University of Western Sydney via WSU International. International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL - 575 (minimum 4.5 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer based test - 232 (minimum 4.5 in essay writing)
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 89 (writing = 21 and all subtests = 18)

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - (CAE)
  • Grade = B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Grade = C

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.

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 WSU.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Prior to enrolling to unit 102153 - Professional Experience (Additional Needs) students must satisfactorily complete Child Protection Awareness training, Working with Children Check, and obtain anaphylaxis certification.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points as per 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. Refer to Exit Awards listed below.

Exit Awards

1722 - Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education - 80 credit points

1721 - Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education - 40 credit points

Recommended sequence

Students complete three core units and nine alternate units from the Alternate units listed below.

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)

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

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