Master of Inclusive Education Program

Application Round 9 is now open and will close on Tuesday, 28 March at 11:59pm 2023. 

Master's places are available for teachers to complete postgraduate study in inclusive education to continue supporting students of all abilities.

Applications for Round 9 will open in early 2023 for the Master of Inclusive Education Program (the program). Teachers in Victorian mainstream and specialist schools wishing to enhance their knowledge in inclusive education and continue supporting students of all abilities are eligible to apply for this postgraduate opportunity.

Program objective

The long-term vision of the program is that every Victorian government school will have a masters-qualified inclusive education teacher on staff, creating and leading a more inclusive school environment for all students across the state, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds.

Undertaking a postgraduate study in inclusive education will help teachers assist their schools to:

  • plan for and support students with a disability and diverse educational needs
  • use contemporary evidence-based, best practice approaches.

Support available

The support given to recipients includes:

  • full tuition fees
  • a contribution towards teacher replacement for practicum
  • allowance of four years to complete the course.

Participating universities

The program has 75 available places across the following universities/courses. Please check each course structure below to determine which course best aligns with your school's goals. 

Australian Catholic University
Deakin University
La Trobe University
NextSense Institute, through Macquarie University
Monash University

Course: Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis                                                                     

Course: Master of Inclusive Education

University of Melbourne
University of Newcastle

Note: For more information related to the number of places available per university, please contact the Inclusive Education Scholarships Unit (IESU) (contact details below).

Before applying

Recipient obligations

  • If the recipient chooses to withdraw from a unit of study post-census, they will be liable for costs associated with re-enrolment of that unit.
  • If the recipient chooses to withdraw from the course entirely, they will be liable for the reimbursement of costs associated with units already engaged (passed or failed).
  • If the recipient voluntarily ceases to be employed by the department during the three years after the course's completion date, then the Recipient must re-pay the department the course fees paid on their behalf.
  • Recipients have four years to complete their course – this is based on part-time study.
  • If a recipient changes roles, schools, or chooses to change their enrolment status (defer, intermission, withdraw, etc.), they must contact the Inclusive Education Scholarships Unit for approval.
  • During study, if the recipient moves into a role that does not support students with a disability or additional learning needs, or in a role that works with schools to strengthen inclusive practices, they will be deemed ineligible.
  • Recipients are not able to defer Semester/Trimester 2, 2023 of study as this will render the recipient ineligible.

Round 9 application guidelines

Please see Round 9 application guidelines below:

Eligibility and how to apply

For the program to have the broadest impact, schools that have not previously been awarded a scholarship from previous rounds will be prioritised at each intake.

For prospective applicants from schools with multiple campuses or with student enrolments greater than 500, we encourage you to contact the Inclusive Education Scholarships Unit as the program may expend further placements depending on availability.

The program will also provide additional scholarships for teachers and visiting teachers interested in specialising in deaf and hard of hearing or vision impairment. The following courses are on offer: 

For visiting teachers interested in specialising in deaf and hard of hearing or vision impairment, please discuss with your manager to facilitate a nomination through your respective regional inclusion access participation manager.

Program places will also be made available for the following applicant group:

Teachers working in Supported Inclusion Schools (SIS): two places per school will be available for applicants based in SIS schools. These schools aim to exemplify inclusive teaching practices which aligns explicitly with the objectives of both the program and Disability Inclusion.

Prospective applicants will be able to apply in Round 9 (Monday, 30 January 2023) via SmartyGrants. Please discuss your interest with your principal or manager before applying.

Successful applicants

The IESU will offer a provisional place to successful applicants. Each applicant must also meet the admission requirements of their chosen course. To finalise your placement, you will need to provide the IESU with a copy of your letter of offer from your chosen university.


Additional post-graduate study opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties) (GCE) is a new online postgraduate course developed by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at the University of Melbourne.

The four subjects in the GCE will develop teachers' understanding of learning difficulties and interactions between different types of learning difficulties, including dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Read more on Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties).

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