Course Title: Professional Experience: Teaching Strategies for Children with Additional Needs

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Teaching Strategies for Children with Additional Needs

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr David Armstrong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9728

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.3

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will investigate key aspects that underpin specialist skills in learning in both mainstream and special schools settings. 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 a disability through curriculum support, resourcing, and individualised lesson planning. You will reflect on your experiences in schools for ways to incorporate learning needs of the individual 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:

• Recognise and apply when and how to assess effectively
• Work in teams to strategically plan for the individual child’s successful learning
• Access and adapt resources that meet a wide range of learner needs
• Describe and justify strategies of gathering evidence to support your decisions and choices
• Make connections between theories and practices in mainstream and Disability education.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

• Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
• Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.
• Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.
• Demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills required in working successfully with learners with additional needs.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided 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.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. 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.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   The statement of student responsibilities  summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: