Master of Inclusive Education Program

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

Applications for Round 8 are now closed. No further applications can be submitted.

Watch this space for news about Round 9 application dates in early 2023.

Program objective

Through additional postgraduate study, teachers can make a significant contribution to how their schools plan and support students with disabilities and additional learning needs, using contemporary evidence-based, best practice approaches.

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 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

The program has 75 available places across the following universities/courses:

Australian Catholic University
Deakin University
La Trobe University
NextSense Institute, through Macquarie University
Monash University
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 (contact details below).

Before applying

Recipient obligations

  • If the recipient chooses to withdraw from a unit of study, or 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 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 the 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 do not support students with a disability or additional learning needs, or work with schools to strengthen inclusive practices, you will be deemed ineligible.
  • Recipients are not able to defer Semester/Trimester 2, 2022 of study. Otherwise, the recipient will be deemed ineligible.


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 1000, we encourage you to contact the Inclusive Education Scholarships Unit as the program may expend further placements depending on availability.

Round 8 is now closed. Prospective Round 9 applicants will be able to apply in early 2023 through SmartyGrants.

The following courses are on offer for teachers and visiting teachers interested in specialising in deaf and hard of hearing or vision impairment:

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

Prospective applicants will be able to apply in Round 9, 2023. If you're a teacher, please discuss your interest with your principal before applying.

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.

How the courses impact teaching and the school community

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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