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Macquarie University

The Master of Disability Studies is offered by NextSense Institute, in affiliation with Macquarie University.

The Master of Disability Studies will prepare you for the advanced professional duties required of a qualified special educator working as a Teacher of the Deaf.

One of the most important principles in life is ensuring everyone enjoys unequivocal access. For learners with sensory disabilities accessible and effective learning experiences are especially important. A career working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in a way that addresses their individual needs, is an opportunity to help them achieve their developmental and educational potential.

The Master of Disability Studies provides teachers with the capabilities to adapt content, develop teaching methodology and apply specialised instructional techniques to meet the needs of individual learners; and allied health professionals the opportunity to provide superior support and rehabilitation services. This degree will increase your employment opportunities in inclusive education and within the disability sector.

In the Education: Deaf Hard of Hearing specialisation, you will become qualified as a Teacher of the Deaf. You’ll learn how to effectively support young children and school-age students to develop language (listening and spoken language and/or Auslan) and English literacy, enabling them to achieve their educational and career goals.

  • Flexible with full time or part time study patterns
  • Delivered entirely online, plus the opportunity for sector professional experience
  • Access needs of students met
  • Gain the skills to provide effective instruction using a range of strategies and technologies.
  • Taught by leading experts in the field
  • Extensive library services
  • Variety of scholarships available
  • Affordable fees – domestic students are eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places
  • Students graduate with a degree from one of Australia’s leading universities

Education specialisations in the Master of Disability Studies link to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) national accreditation standards, with reference to the National Association of Australian Teacher of the Deaf Elaborations

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Contact: Tanya Kysa
0484 913 641

University of Melbourne

The Master of Learning Intervention (Deaf Education Specialty) is a specialty course in deaf education that enables you to acquire specialised knowledge in the development, assessment and intervention of communication, spoken and signed languages and literacy. You will gain knowledge of listening development, audiological devices, and the impact of differing environments on learning along with an insight into the social and emotional wellbeing of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is ideal for those interested in working as a Teacher of the Deaf in a mainstream setting or school for the deaf.

Part of the Master of Learning Intervention degree, the deaf education specialty incorporates unique opportunities to learn from experts in deaf education, behaviour, autism, specific learning difficulties and disability. This multifaceted course provides Teachers of the Deaf with a holistic perspective and the ability to cater for all deaf children, including those with additional complex needs.

The Deaf Education (Teacher of the Deaf) specialty within the Master of Learning Intervention course will enable you to:

  • Identify strategies and evidence-based interventions for students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Understand the nature and implications of deafness and how to communicate this to teachers, parents and students
  • Understand how to provide the best access to learning across a range of settings through the use of technology, communication modes, including Auslan and evidence-based teaching strategies
  • Understand and apply the latest research in inclusive education for students who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Become a leader in inclusive education and collaboration to promote differentiated teaching and learning for all students
  • Be qualified as a Teacher of the Deaf

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For more information contact the Master of Learning Intervention (Deaf Education specialty) coordinator Sharon Klieve

sharon.klieve@unimelb.edu.au or phone +61383442164

University of Newcastle

  • College of Human and Social Futures, School of Education
  • Master of Special and Inclusive Education (Deaf Studies and Deaf Education)

The Master of Special and Inclusive Education (Deaf Studies and Deaf Education) specialisation will prepare teachers to support and teach children and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing in early intervention programs, as an itinerant teacher of the deaf, in specialised units/facilities, and in a school for the deaf setting. It will also provide teachers with the foundation required to be mentored as an auditory-verbal-therapist/educator.

Students are required to complete eight courses. The Master of Special and Inclusive Education has three core courses and the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education has five courses. Student must complete a 20-day practicum and must have a Certificate II in Auslan or its equivalent before completing their practicum.

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The Master of Special and Inclusive Education Program Handbook is located here: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/master-special-inclusive-education/handbook#program-plans Information regarding the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education specialisation is toward the bottom of that webpage as are contact details.