Teachers in all Victorian government schools and regional workforces wishing to enhance their knowledge in inclusive education and continue supporting students of all abilities are eligible to apply for this postgraduate opportunity.
Regional workforce applications must be supported by the respective manager and endorsed by the Executive Director School Support.
*Please note, there are limited scholarships available in Round 10. Please refer to the eligibility section further below.
Applications for Round 10 will open on Monday, 5 February and close at midnight on Sunday, 17 March 2024.
The long-term vision of the program is that every Victorian government school will have a masters-qualified inclusive education teacher on staff, creating and leading a more inclusive school environment for all students across the state, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds.
Undertaking a postgraduate study in inclusive education will help teachers assist their schools to:
- plan for and support students with a disability and diverse educational needs
- use contemporary evidence-based, best practice approaches.
The program has partnered with 7 tertiary providers (VIC/NSW) to deliver 8 targeted postgraduate online courses in inclusive education. There are 75 scholarships available across the following universities/courses. Before applying, please contact the Inclusive Education Scholarships Unit to see whether your school is eligible. Once determined, please check each course structure, and consult with your principal to determine which course best aligns with your school's goals.
- Australian Catholic University: Master of Education (Inclusive
- Deakin University: Master of Specialist Inclusive
- La Trobe University: Master of Education (Inclusion and
- NextSense/Macquarie University: Master of Disability
- Monash University: Master of Applied Behaviour
- Monash University: Master of Inclusive
- University of Melbourne: Master of Learning Intervention Stream
- University of Newcastle: Master of Special and Inclusive
To support the program objective and for the program to have the broadest impact with limited scholarships available each round, schools that have not previously been awarded a scholarship from previous rounds will be prioritised. In addition, please note the following:
The program will provide additional scholarships to schools with multiple campuses (1 per campus) or student enrolments greater than 500 (1 per 500).
The program has committed to providing two scholarships per specialist school and Supported Inclusion Schools. The program will provide schools with additional scholarships for teachers interested in specialising in deaf and hard of hearing or vision impairment. The following courses are on offer:
- NextSense - Macquarie University: Master of Disability Studies – Deaf and hard of hearing; blindness/low vision; sensory disability.
- University of Melbourne: Master of Learning Intervention Stream A – Deaf education.
- University of Newcastle: Master of Special and Inclusive Education – Deaf studies and deaf education.
To support regional workforce capability in inclusive education, the program has opened the full suite of course offerings to eligible staff members. Nominations are coordinated via the applicant’s manager with Executive Director School Support endorsement.
To avoid disappointment, please contact the IESU to ensure your school is eligible for a scholarship in Round 10 as your school may already have a recipient/graduate from the program.
Please consider scholarship obligations below:
- If the recipient chooses to withdraw from a unit of study post-census, they will be liable for costs associated with re-enrolment of that unit.
- If the recipient chooses to withdraw from the course entirely, they will be liable for the reimbursement of costs associated with units already engaged (passed or failed).
- If the recipient voluntarily ceases to be employed by the department during the three years after the course's completion date, then the Recipient must re-pay the department the course fees paid on their behalf.
- During study or within three years post completion, if the recipient/graduate moves into a role that does not support students with a disability or additional learning needs, or in a role that works with schools to strengthen inclusive practices, they will be deemed ineligible and required to repay the funds.
- Recipients have four years to complete their course whilst studying part-time.
- If a recipient changes roles, schools, or chooses to change their enrolment status (defer, intermission, withdraw, etc.), they must contact the Inclusive Education Scholarships Unit for approval.
- Recipients are not able to defer Semester/Trimester 2, 2024 of study as this will render the recipient ineligible.
How to apply
Prospective applicants will be able to apply for a scholarship via SmartyGrants from Monday, 5 February 2024. Round 10 applications will close at midnight on Sunday, 17 March 2024.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their interest in the program with their school principal or manager to clarify alignment with strategic priorities for inclusive education.
Important details about eligibility criteria, recipient and financial obligations, and how to apply are available in the Round 10 application guidelines.
Round 10 application guidelines
The IESU will offer a provisional place to successful applicants. Each applicant must also meet the admission requirements of their chosen course, such as providing academic transcripts . To finalise your placement, you will need to provide the IESU with a copy of your letter of offer from your chosen university.
The support given to recipients includes:
- full tuition fees
- a contribution towards teacher replacement for practicum
- allowance of four years to complete the course.
Additional post-graduate study opportunities
The Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning Difficulties) (GCE) is an online postgraduate course developed by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.
The 4 subjects in the GCE will develop teachers’ understanding of learning difficulties and interactions between different types of learning difficulties, including dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Relevant professional learning
Interested in getting a head start in inclusive education?
- Information and resources for supporting students with disabilities, or
- explore the modules in the Inclusive Classrooms Professional Learning catalogue.
- School-wide positive behaviour support
- Program for students with disabilities
- Victorian Deaf Education Institute
The IESU is here to provide support for prospective applicants and those studying through the program. It is important you determine eligibility with the IESU, so please contact a member of the unit between 8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday on: