Enquire about this course | Local Admission | International Admission |

Master of Inclusive Education

Approved Abbreviation: MInclEd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1720.4

AQF Level: 9

This version applies to students whose commencement year for this program is 2022 or later. Please use the link to the new Handbook for details.

Master of Inclusive Education

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2H 2019 to 2H 2021 - please refer to 1720.3 Master of Inclusive Education

For Commencement Year 2016 to 1H 2019 - please refer to 1720.2 Master of Inclusive Education

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.

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 and a half years full-time or three years part-time

Advanced standing

Students with a postgraduate (Level 8) qualification OR a bachelor qualification (Level 7) plus 3 years full-time work (or part-time equivalent) experience in the fields of teaching/education, can apply for up to 40 credit points of Advanced Standing.

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.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

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 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 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.

The course is not available to onshore international student visa holders.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Prior to enrolling to unit 102153 Professional Experience (Additional needs) students must satisfactorily meet the Special Requirements listed below. 1. Students are required to complete the TWO components of the Working with Children Check (WWCC) process leading to a) the issuance of a clearance number under the category of volunteer and b) verification of the clearance number with the NSW Department of Education. a) Students will need to: i. Access the Commission for Children and Young People website and complete an online application form to generate an application number. ii. Present an application number and identification to a Service NSW office who will issue a Working with Children Check number via mail or email. iii. Submit the letter with a valid Working With Children Check number via Western Now portal where the document will be recorded against your academic record. b) Students will need to: i. Access the NSW Department of Education WWCC Verification webpage ii. Carefully read the information about Identity Documents and obtain a copy of the relevant ID documents iii. Complete the Practicum Students Declaration form iv. Submit the Practicum Students Declaration form and copy of the relevant ID documents to using your student email account. In the Subject of the email write your name and Pre-service Teacher WWCC verification. e.g. Mina Smith Primary Preservice Teacher WWCC verification Once your WWCC verification is complete you will receive an email reply from the DoE Probity Unit confirming your WWCC number has been verified v. Submit this verification confirmation email via Western Now portal vi. Both your WWCC number and date and WWCC verification will be trimmed and recorded on your student record as Special Requirements. 2. Students must complete the TWO components of the NSW Department of Education’s Child Protection Awareness Training (CPAT) i. Access the NSW Department of Education’s MyPL website ii. Complete the online Child Protection Awareness Training iii. Save certificate of completion iv. Submit Certificate of completion via WesternNow portal v. Complete the Annual Child Protection Awareness Training (CPAT) vi. Save certificate of completion vii. Submit certificate of completion via WesternNow portal vii. Both certificates will be recorded on your student record as Special Requirements with the end date for the Annual CPAT which will need to be renewed and submitted on an annual basis. Students who have not completed Child Protection Awareness Training will need to withdraw from the unit. 3. Students must complete the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training and email their certificate to .

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.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points – by completing 3 core units and 9 units from the list of alternate units.

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.

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

Exit Awards

1722 - Graduate Diploma in Inclusive Education - 80 credit points

1721 - Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education - 40 credit points

Western Sydney University Copyright © 2004-2016 ABN 53 014 069 881 CRICOS Provider No: 00917K Contact Us | Disclaimer | Emergency Help |