Master of Inclusive Education Initiative

Masters places are available for teachers to complete postgraduate study in inclusive education. Find out who is eligible and how to apply.

The next round of opportunities is now open and will close on Monday 4 October (midnight) 2021.

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 evidence-based, contemporary approaches to planning.

Support available

The support given to recipients includes:

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

Participating universities

In the current round (round 7), the program has 47 available places across the following universities:

Australian Catholic University

Course: Master of Education (Inclusive Practice)

Number of places: 5

NextSense Institute, through Macquarie University

Course: Master of Disability Studies

Number of places: 10

Monash University

Course: Master of Education (Applied Behaviour Analysis)

Number of places: 4

University of Melbourne

Course: Master of Learning Intervention

Number of places: 20

University of Newcastle

Course: Master of Special and Inclusive Education

Number of places: 6

Deakin University

Course: Master of Specialist Inclusive Education

Number of places: 2

Note: If we cannot fill the 47 placements, we will consider providing schools with another placement. A full suite of course offerings with be available from March 2022 onwards (round 8). We encourage all schools to apply at round 7.

Before applying

Recipient obligations

  • If the Recipient chooses to withdraw from a unit of study, or 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 Completion date then the Recipient must pay the Department the Course Fees
  • The cost of re-enrolment for failed units is to be paid by the recipient 
  • Recipients have four years to complete their course –this is based on part-time study
  • If you change roles, schools, or choose to change your enrolment status (defer, intermission, withdraw, etc), you must come through the Inclusive Education Scholarships Unit for approval
  • During your study, if you change roles that does not support students with a disability or additional learning needs, or working with schools to strengthen inclusive practices, you will be deemed ineligible
  • You are not able to defer your first semester/trimester of study –e.g., semester/trimester1, 2022. If you do, you will be deemed ineligible.


Read and understand the:

For those applying for the Monash University Master of Education (Applied Behaviour Analysis), read and understand the:

How to apply

Applicants can apply online through SmartyGrants - please see the following link to access the application form:

Note: This round will open at 9am Monday 30 August 2021 (AEST) for submissions. You will not be able to start/submit your application prior to the round opening time.

Successful applicants

We 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 us with a copy of your letter of offer from your chosen university.

Through better qualified teachers, this initiative will promote an advanced understanding of inclusive educational needs in the context of access and success for students with disabilities and diverse educational needs.

How the courses impact teaching and the school community


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