Bachelor of Education (Special Education)
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
- Semester 3 (November)
- 32 units
- 4 years or part-time equivalent
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.
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.
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|
|plus 12 x shared courses
|plus 9 x specialisation courses
|plus 1 x discipline course
|plus 100 days of professional experience||-|
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|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.
This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
- Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
- Year 12 science subject (4 SA) or equivalent
- For Semester 1 2018 a statement addressing suitability criteria. Information on the selection guideline including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities is available from the QTAC initial teacher education webpage.
- Special entry pathways may be available. Please contact USQ.
Note: All students 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.
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
Note: Semester 3 intake is only available in on-campus at Springfield and online.
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.