Inclusive Education Scholarship - Master of Learning Intervention

UPDATE: Given the evolving situation with COVID19, there will be no new intake of MLI scholarships for Semester 2, 2020. These scholarships will reopen for the Semester 1, 2021 intake. Please see below for details on application dates.

Victorian Department of Education and Training


Please note: This course is only open to scholarship recipients from the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET). If you do not qualify, please see our Master of Learning Intervention page.

As part of the Inclusive Education Grants Initiative, the Victorian Government is committed to fund scholarships for teachers and other school staff who wish to complete postgraduate studies in special education. The Master of Learning Intervention is available through the program.

For more information, please visit the DET website or email
To apply for the scholarship, please visit the Inclusive Education Grant application portal.

Course overview

The Master of Learning Intervention builds the skills required to support the needs of children and young people with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties. In this course, the only one of its kind in Australia, you will learn how to implement evidence-based teaching that optimises student learning while specialising in one of the following areas:

  • disability
  • specific learning difficulties, or
  • hearing impairment (Teacher of the Deaf)

Please note only Stream A is available to this cohort.

Entry requirements

  • An appropriate four-year degree in education, or
  • An undergraduate degree and a fourth year level education qualification or equivalent.
  • A three-year undergraduate qualification in an area related to education (such as social work, speech pathology, psychology or occupational therapy) and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience.

All applicants must submit a statement of intent (MS Word, 20kb) outlining their reason for study and chosen specialisation.

All students must meet English language requirements.

As this version of the course is only available to recipients of the DET Inclusive Education Grant, applicants must also be current employees of the Victorian Department of Education.

Course Structure

  • Course code: MC-LI
  • 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 Stream A.

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


The standard Master of Learning Intervention course offers a choice of Stream A or Stream B. Please note that only Stream A is available through the Inclusive Education Grant.

Stream A

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

Involves 45 days of practical experiences, including 30 days of placement in approved early intervention and/or school settings.

Choose your specialisation


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

Gain an understanding of deaf education and 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.


This course prepares you to:

  • implement effective learning interventions to optimise learning and promote inclusive education
  • diagnose learning profiles, plan and implement validated pedagogy
  • understand and apply the latest research in inclusive education
  • become a leader in your school for inclusive education and support your colleagues in promoting positive behaviour and learning.

Graduates will be qualified as Special Education teachers.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round.

Next intake

  • Scholarship applications for courses commencing in the Start Year 2021 intake will open on Monday 10 August and close on Monday 7 September 2020.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application as well as any documents pertaining to the DET scholarship:

  • 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

Please visit the Scholarships for current teachers and new graduates webpage for more information and to submit an application.

Submit an application for the Scholarship via the DET website.

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

You may apply to the University at the same time as the scholarship, however, admission to the course is only available to those on a scholarship.

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.

MLI Rural Student Bursary

Support is available for rural students who are studying the Master of Learning Intervention via the Inclusive Education Scholarship. Learn more about the Rural Student Bursary.