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EDC2400 Educating Learners with Special Needs Across Contexts

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


In Semester 3, 2023 this course will be delivered as a Transition (9 week) semester, commencing on 13 November 2023 and concluding on 12 January 2024.

Educating learners with additional needs is a challenge that is faced by educators across all educational contexts. With many of these learners participating in regular classrooms, educators must strive to meet the wide variety of abilities that are present. A clear understanding of the legal and professional responsibilities associated with supporting these diverse learners is imperative for all educators working in both general and special education, across early childhood, primary and secondary contexts, to ensure they are prepared to meet these responsibilities. This course will provide an awareness of learner differences and how these differences interact with contextual factors to influence educational outcomes. Pre-service educators should develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create inclusive learning environments that maximize outcomes for all learners.

This foundational course will provide an overview of inclusive education with a specific focus on how special education is integral to the everyday professional practice of all educators across all educational contexts. Pre-service educators will become familiar with current legislation, policy and practice, from international, national and state perspectives. They will be provided with an overview of the characteristics of learners with additional needs including: low and high incidence disabilities, gifts and talents, mental health considerations and behavioural challenges, and will consider the impact of these for participation and access to learning. A variety of instructional approaches will be explored, to support learners with additional needs in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, classroom and behaviour management, and social and emotional learning. Upon successful completion of this course pre-service educators have been introduced to the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to support a diverse range of learners within inclusive learning environments.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Transition Semester 3, 2023 9W Online
Date printed 30 September 2023