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The Master of Disability Studies is administered and delivered by NextSense Institute in affiliation with Macquarie University.
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What is the Master of Disability Studies course?

The Master of Disability Studies offers the opportunity for qualified professionals to undertake postgraduate studies to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt content, develop teaching methodology, and apply specialised instructional techniques to meet the needs of individual learners with sensory disabilities.

This course will support your career development and increase your employment opportunities in inclusive education and within the disability sector. It will also prepare you with the expertise to conduct research or complete further study in this field.

The course is suited to:

  • qualified teachers wishing to obtain a specialist qualification to teach students who have either hearing or vision loss
  • teachers already working in the sensory disability field wishing to upgrade their skills and qualifications
  • allied health and other professionals seeking to complete studies in disability, advance or develop their career in the growing disability sector.

The Master of Disability Studies is offered by NextSense Institute, in affiliation with the Macquarie School of Education, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University. Students enrolling in the program choose from three specialisations:

  • Education: Deaf Hard of Hearing
  • Education: Blindness/Low Vision
  • Sensory Disability.

Education specialisations in the Master of Disability Studies link to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) national accreditation standards, with reference to the National Association of Australian Teacher of the Deaf Elaborations and the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment Professional Standard Elaborations. Graduates from the Master of Disability Studies education specialisations are recognised in all Australia states and territories.

Career outcomes

On completion of the Master of Disability Studies, graduates become important members of professional teams, applying their expertise in a wide variety of roles such as:

  • classroom teachers in specialised programs
  • itinerant/support teachers working with children in inclusive educational settings
  • consultants working with teachers to assist them in their inclusion of learners with sensory disabilities
  • early intervention specialists working with families and children from the earliest possible stages of their development
  • learning support professionals supporting students in higher education
  • many other roles supporting people with sensory disabilities to access a wide range of other services.

Learn more from our graduates, who have shared their experiences of the Blindness/low vision, Deaf/hard of hearing and Sensory disability specialisations.

Course details

The duration is one year full-time or part-time equivalent.

The course is available asynchronously online, so you can balance your work and your studies.

Fees are affordable, as the course is eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places.

Students in this course are invited to apply for the Elisabeth Murdoch Scholarship, administered by NextSense.

How to apply

To apply for this course, head to the Macquarie University website and click the Apply Now button.

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