Learning Intervention

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The Master of Learning Intervention, Graduate Certificate in Learning Intervention and Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties) will help you build the skills required to support the learning needs of children and young people with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties.

In the Master of Learning Intervention, the only course of its kind in Australia, you will specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Disability
  • Specific learning difficulties, or
  • Hearing impairment (Teacher of the Deaf)

You will also learn how to implement evidence-based teaching that optimises student learning in specialist and mainstream schools, and early childhood settings.

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Entry requirements

Graduate Certificate in Learning Intervention

  • An appropriate four-year degree in education, or
  • An undergraduate degree and a fourth year level education qualification or equivalent.

All applicants must submit a statement of intent outlining their reason for study.

Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)

  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate study in education.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Master of Learning Intervention

  • A four-year education degree, or equivalent, or
  • An undergraduate degree and a fourth year level education qualification or equivalent.

All applicants must submit a statement of intent (MS Word, 20 KB) outlining their reason for study and chosen specialty (disability, specific learning difficulties or hearing impairment).

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course Structure

Graduate Certificate in Learning Intervention

  • Course code: GC-LI
  • 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising 3 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects and 1 x elective 12.5 point subject.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties).

Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)

  • Course code: GC-EDSLD
  • 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising 4 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties).

Master of Learning Intervention

  • Course code: MC-LI
  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 4 x compulsory subjects unique to your specialisation
    • 2 x 12.5 point electives (these may be chosen from the other two specialisations)
    • 2 x 12.5 point capstone subjects from Steam A or B.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Learning Intervention.

Streams

The Master of Learning Intervention is offered in two streams:

Stream A

Suitable for teachers who are eligible for Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration but seek additional qualifications to work as special educators.

This stream involves 45 days of practical experiences, including 30 days of placement in approved early intervention and/or school settings. Students are required to design, implement and evaluate an educational intervention to support learners with disabilities, specific learning difficulties or hearing impairment.

Graduates who complete this stream will be qualified as special education teachers.

Stream B

Suitable for allied health practitioners, early childhood educators* and international students who are not seeking VIT endorsed special educator qualifications but who wish to increase their understanding and skills in learning intervention.

This stream includes a minor project capstone.

*Early childhood educators can also choose to complete Stream A and undertake placement in a primary school or early childhood setting, however, they will not be recognised as special educators through VIT.

Specialisations

Disability

With a focus on inclusion and promoting positive behaviour and learning, this specialisation is ideal for building an understanding of the learning and programming needs of children and young people with disabilities enrolled in early childhood settings, mainstream and specialist schools.

Specific learning difficulties

Investigate the areas of learning difficulties, intervention and individual differences in literacy, numeracy and language learning. Improve your professional knowledge and understanding of the nature and causes of specific learning difficulties in children and explore how to implement teaching that optimises student learning.

Hearing impairment

Learn strategies for assessing, supporting and promoting communication, language, and literacy development in students with a hearing loss. Ideal for those interested in working as a Teacher of the Deaf in a mainstream setting or school for the deaf.

Hearing impairment students must demonstrate successful completion of Module 1 of Auslan Certificate 2 (or equivalent) before they can commence their first placement. Auslan courses are offered at a number of TAFE colleges (or equivalent) nationally.

Pathways

Candidates who complete the Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties) may be eligible for 50 points of credit towards the Master of Learning Intervention.

How to apply

Please note: the Master of Learning Intervention is start-year intake only.

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake, 2018

Domestic

Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

International*

Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2017

Domestic

Round 1 closes: 31 May 2017

Round 2 closes: 30 June 2017

International*

Round 1 closes: 28 February 2017

Round 2 closes: 12 June 2017

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.