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Summary
Bachelor of Education Specialisation Special Education (BEDU)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 32 units

Duration
  • 4 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

This program is currently being re-accredited and is, as a consequence, likely to undergo some changes.
View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

We’ll support you

Do you want a degree that equips you with the specialist knowledge, experience and skills required to work with children with disabilities and other special needs? The expert knowledge and experience of our dedicated staff will help to equip you to work in this rewarding and challenging field of education. Offered online, on-campus or in a combination of both, our flexible degree includes numerous specialist courses including study in behaviour management, Autism, and Spectrum Disorder and teaching students with high support needs. This degree also qualifies you as a regular primary school teacher.

The 100 days of professional experience gives you an excellent grounding in the school environment and in this specialist field. With regular opportunities to engage with current educators and industry, such as the Education Department, Queensland College of Teachers and Catholic Education, you’ll be able to cross the gap between theory and the classroom. This is one of the elements that make our graduates highly desired and employable.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education are eligible to apply for registration as a teacher through the Queensland College of Teachers. To be eligible for registration in Queensland, both domestic and international students must have completed the minimum 40 days of supervised practical experience in Australian Schools.

Live interstate or overseas? You will need to investigate registration eligibility on an individual basis.

In addition to completing all requirements for the degree, students need to pass the Personal Literacy and Numeracy Test (PLANTITE) prior to graduation. It's recommended that students pass the PLANTITE before the successful completion of 16 courses. Please register for the PLANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) wesite.

Do you want to work in a special school or in a mainstream classroom assisting students with special needs in groups or on an individual basis? Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Special Eduation) will be given the grounding needed to achieve this. Career opportunities also exist in training related fields, human services and community-based government organisations.

Professional experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 10
plus 12 x shared courses
12
plus 9 x specialisation courses
9
plus 1 x approved course
1
plus 100 days of professional experience  -
Total 32
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6344
Domestic full fee paying AUD 18210

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Professional experience

This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

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OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Year 12 science subject (4 SA) or equivalent
  • From Semester 1 2018 you will be required to submit a statement addressing suitability criteria. For information on selection guidelines, including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities, please see the selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses
  • Special entry pathways may be available. Please contact USQ

Note: You must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional experience placements within this degree.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 7.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available in on-campus at Springfield and online.

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 908245
Springfield 928241
Toowoomba 908241

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.