Inclusive Education Scholarship - Master of Learning Intervention

Victorian Department of Education and Training

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.

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.

For more information, please visit the DET website or email

To apply for the scholarship, please visit the Inclusive Education Grant application portal.

Further information

  • 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
    • deaf education.

    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.

    Recipients of the DET Inclusive Education Grant must apply and be admitted into stream A.

  • 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.

  • Streams

    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.

    Deaf education

    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.

    Deaf education 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.

  • Outcomes

    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.

  • Next intake

    Scholarship applications for courses commencing in the Mid-Year 2023 intake have now closed.

  • 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 Master of Inclusive Education Initiative page for more information and to submit a scholarship application.

    The DET advise all applicants to wait until they have received a notification of the outcomes of the DET Inclusive Education Grant before applying and enrolling in their preferred course.

    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.