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EDM8014 English Literacy and Special Educational Needs

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 : 22 March 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in EDM8014 if EDM8002 has been previously completed.


Considering the increasing diversity of learners in schools and early learning centres today, preservice teachers need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to employ literacy and reading support strategies, and ICT/Apps teaching strategies, to meet the specific learning needs of all learners across the full range of abilities. Awareness of learner differences (i.e., cognitive, physical and psychosocial) and the interplay with contextual influences (e.g., socio-economic background) will enhance teacher capacity to identify and address the various learning needs of individual learners in their classrooms and apply this knowledge and skills to improve learner outcomes.

To critically reflect on personal pedagogical practice, preservice teachers must develop an understanding of the diverse learning needs of their learners, informed by professional reflection and feedback. It is imperative that teachers stay abreast of their professional and legal responsibilities associated with meeting the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

This course will provide preservice teachers, with an introduction to the guiding legislation, policies and practices of inclusive education and ways to apply this learning with the curriculum context of English Literacy and ICT's. Preservice teachers will also develop knowledge of the characteristics and educational approaches employed to meet the specific learning needs of learners across the full range of abilities with explicit focus on high incidence and low incidence disabilities. In addition, this course will examine the characteristics and educational needs of gifted and talented learners. Preservice teachers will explore literacy teaching strategies to engage all learners in an inclusive and supportive context addressing the various needs of learners using ICT's to enhance engagement.

Cognisant of the range of student diversity, this course will focus on effective, evidenced-based approaches to supporting the learning and development of learners with special needs and issues related to creating inclusive educational environments. This course enhance preservice teachers knowledge and skills in effective management strategies for those learners who exhibit challenging behaviours. The course will require preservice teachers to develop research synthesis skills, engaging in a case study to analyse and evaluate approaches for teaching English literacy learners with a disability and or special needs in an inclusive educational environment as well as reflecting upon their own professional learning to improve their practice.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 22 March 2023