EDF5692 - Professional practice in special and inclusive education - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Kate De Bruin


Kate De Bruin

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (Flexible)


Enrolment in D60011, D60013, D60016, D60017, D60026.


This unit affirms and builds on participants' professional knowledge and theories of pedagogy to develop and upgrade the practical skills needed to function as effective inclusive teachers. Participants undertake a number of practical activities that allow them to apply attitudes and knowledge developed across the inclusion and special education program. The activities include developing necessary resources to effectively teach learners with different learning needs, effectively teach learners in a variety of settings and working effectively with carers, paraprofessionals and other key stakeholders. For administrative purposes, students who are registered to teach in Australia and seeking professional registration as special educators, will have their placement facilitated through EDF5699 (Extended teaching practice), and should enrol concurrently in that unit.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. design effective educational plans for learners with diverse needs
  2. teach effectively in a variety of educational settings
  3. use a variety of teaching strategies
  4. use a range of technology to teach learners with a range of learning needs
  5. work effectively with families and paraprofessionals
  6. apply skills acquired through other courses in special and inclusive education program.


Educational plan: A detailed educational plan suitable for a special or inclusive education context and a critical review of a teaching strategy (4000 words, 50%)

Professional practice portfolio (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
    • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Required for Master of Education in:

Inclusive and special education

Elective for Master of Teaching in:

Early years education

Primary education

Secondary education