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Special Education: Complex Communication Needs Postgraduate Specialisation


Intended for education or therapy professionals to enhance their experience and understandings of the specific skills required to communicate with, teach, support and include individuals with complex communication needs.

Professionals who will benefit from specialisation content may be working in general or special education school settings or in community-based organisations that work with and support individuals with complex communication needs and their families.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Students will be required to complete the following four units:

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6373Foundation Studies and Current Issues in Special Education15
EDU6311Complex Communication Needs: Being an Effective Communication Partner15
EDU6315Literacy Instruction for Individuals with Complex Needs 15
EDU6322Understanding Behaviour and Planning Support for Individuals with Complex Needs15

For more detailed unit information for this Postgraduate Specialisation take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Transmit specialised knowledge, skills and ideas to audiences engaged in the education of students with complex communication needs.
  2. Analyse complex problems to generate creative solutions for individuals with complex needs.
  3. Critically analyse professional approaches to understanding and programming for behaviour, literacy instruction and creating communication accessible environments for individuals with complex communication needs within a diverse range of educative contexts.
  4. Manage own learning within a collaborative learning environment.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

This specialisation is intended for education or therapy professionals to enhance their experience and understandings of the specific skills required to communicate with, teach, support and include individuals with complex communication needs, whether in a regular classroom, special education facility or elsewhere in the wider community working with individuals that may have disability.

Possible future job titles

Primary school teacher, secondary school teacher, early childhood teacher, special education teacher, school principal, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, social worker, education assistant, psychologist

This Postgraduate Specialisation can be studied in the following courses

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