Course Title: Special Needs Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Special Needs Education

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Anna Bortoli

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7801

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisite: This course requires successful completion of TCHE2574 Literacy and Numeracy Test

Course Description

In this course you will investigate key aspects that underpin specialist skills in learning, in both mainstream and special school settings. You will reflect on central issues of diversity and inclusion in educational settings upon which special education is established. By exploring a range of disability conditions, you will learn specialist teaching strategies to address a set curriculum. You will be able to address the learning needs of children with disability through curriculum support, resourcing, and individual lesson planning. You will reflect on your experiences in schools for ways to incorporate the learning needs of individuals, such as obtaining feedback from all participants, assessment and evaluation, accessing resources and collaborative planning. You will investigate processes to identify, secure and implement educational modifications for successful access to learning, adequate learning spaces, and enable mobility.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the issues of inclusion and diversity that impact decisions about mainstream and special school education, referring to global, national, state and departmental directives, and Australia’s responses to them
  2. Strategically plan for the individual child’s successful learning
  3. Locate and adapt resources to create opportunities to meet a wide range of learner needs
  4. Describe and justify strategies of gathering evidence to support your decisions and choices
  5. Respect and analyse the roles of teacher, family and specialists (therapists) in working with the learner towards achieving attainable outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves face-to-face lectures, study groups, group work planning, individual and group research, and school-based observation tasks working in collaboration with classroom teachers in special school settings.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course including through our online systems. You will be provided with a list of recommended learning resources by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

You will be introduced to specialist software applications which support learning by special needs learners.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

There are three assessment tasks. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Task 1: Essay, 40% [LO1]
Assessment Task 2: Modifying curriculum to support inclusiveness; planning a unit of work, 40% [LO2, LO3, LO4]
Assessment Task 3: Create a student learning profile 20% [LO3, LO4, LO5]

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: