Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertInclEd

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1721.1

AQF Level: 8

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 mid-year of 2015 or later.

The Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education is designed for graduates with qualifications in a relevant field such as teaching or allied health. Candidates may be either currently working with individuals with additional needs or aspiring to move into this field.

The Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education equips graduates with the skills, knowledge and dispositions which will enable them to work effectively in the field by exposing them to theory and practice that will support the holistic development and inclusion of individuals with additional needs across the lifespan. Founded on authentic learning experiences and analysis of theory and the research literature, professionals are enabled to apply their studies to their current professional situation and/or interests. Covering Australian and international theory and practice and delivered through a flexible online mode, the course is well-suited to professionals across Australia and beyond.

Study Mode
One year part-time.


Applicants for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in teaching/education, rehabilitation therapies, human welfare studies and services, or behavioural science. 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.

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 40 credit points from the nine units listed below.

Core units

102147Assessing to Support Learning
102156Disability in Context
102146Effective Working Relationships
102149Inclusive Environments
102158Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts
102151Managing Challenging and Diverse Behaviour
102166Person-Centred Practice
102154Technology Assisting Learning
102150Universal Design for Learning

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