Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Needs)

School of Education, Fremantle Campus

Designed to be completed in six months of full-time study, the Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Needs) provides a rigorous and specialised study for those wishing to develop specialised skills and qualifications for educating children with special needs.

  • Why study this degree?

    Designed for four-year trained teachers (or equivalent) with at least three years’ teaching experience, the Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Needs) is devoted to including children with special needs in mainstream classrooms. Over the course of your studies, you are required to complete four courses from a range that includes Educating Children with Special Needs, Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behaviour Management and Social Skills Instruction and more.

    Delivered via face-to-face classes and online tuition, this degree encourages you to build on your existing knowledge and experience, sharpen your skills, and succeed in your chosen field. You will be further supported by academic staff who are specialists in their field, and a rigorous four-tier support system with in-depth mentoring.

    Graduates of this program may choose to enrol for a Master’s at Notre Dame.

  • Program summary

    Students must complete four of the following courses:

    • Educating Children with Special Needs
    • Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Instructional Strategies for Learning Difficulties
    • Behaviour Management and Social Skills Instruction
    • Adaptive Education for the Inclusive Classroom

    Students may commence their studies in the Summer Term (January), in Semester 1 (February) or April Intensive, in Winter Term (July), in Semester 2 (July) or October Intensive, subject to the availability of each course.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    A student applying for the Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Needs Learning) must:

    • Hold the equivalent of a four year teaching qualification; and
    • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 or higher;
    • Have at least three years of professional experience.
  • Fees

    More information can be found at the Fees page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Education (Special Needs), please call our Prospective Students Officer on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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