Master of Learning Intervention


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Abbey Anstey, Master of Learning Intervention (Hearing Impairment) graduate talking to two students in sign language

Build the skills required to support the needs of children and young people with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties by studying a Master of Learning Intervention.

In this course, the only 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).

To apply through the inclusive education grant program, visit the DET Inclusive Education Grant course page.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (180kb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • 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 (MS Word, 20kb) outlining their reason for study and chosen specialisation.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course Structure

  • 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.


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.

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.

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 who complete Stream A will be qualified as Special Education teachers.


There are several courses that, upon successful completion, provide the opportunity to gain credit towards the Master of Learning Intervention. Courses include:

  • Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties) – possible 50 points of credit
  • Graduate Certificate in Learning Intervention – possible 50 points of credit
  • Professional Certificate in Education (Positive Behaviour and Learning) – possible 25 points of credit.

How to apply

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, 2019


Round 1: closes 18 October 2018


Round 1: closes 27 September 2018

* 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.