Be the difference to learners with Autism
Develop your specialist knowledge and teaching techniques with Australia’s first postgraduate multidisciplinary program dedicated to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
With expert academic research and guidance, and the input of learners and their families, you’ll gain a deep understanding in communication, behaviour support, social-emotional learning, curriculum access, and can progress to more advanced courses covering transition phases, and collaborative practice.
You will gain the capabilities to break new ground in the field as you bring highly effective, evidence-based and practical teaching methods to learners with ASD, from early childhood to their senior school years. Educators with specialised knowledge in providing for the needs of learners with ASD are in high demand in public and private education sectors as a specialist teacher, school leader, curriculum leader or consultant.
Learning and Support Sponsorship for teachers
The NSW DET has scholarships for permanent full-time staff wishing to do masters degrees in education for diverse learners and they have deemed the Autism Studies Course work masters to be eligible.
Permanent NSW public school teachers and executive staff, you could get paid to study part-time for up to two years to enhance your understanding of, and ability to meet, the learning and support needs of the full range of students at your school. With the Every Student, Every School: Learning and Support Sponsorship for teachers and executive staff, you could study a masters in special education, inclusive education and sensory disabilities.
Griffith University is one of the universities offering approved masters in special education, inclusive education and sensory disabilities.
To apply, you will need to be:
- a permanent Department of Education teacher or executive teacher
- able to meet the university requirements to undertake specialist post graduate study at masters level
- recommended for sponsorship by your principal
- willing teach in a NSW public school for a minimum of one year following completion of the masters.
Lee Mills Award 2016
Lee Mills was an exemplary educator from NSW with a particular interest in teacher education for those involved in Special Education. She was untiring and dedicated in her support of students with special educational needs. Lee was involved in advocacy and lobbying through AASE, which resulted in significant improvements in service delivery for all students.
The Lee Mills Teacher Training Award is given yearly with the express purpose of encouraging research based practice by individuals undertaking study to pursue a career directly related to the education of students with special education needs. It is open to students in ALL states of Australia.
Applicants who meet the criteria should submit a copy of an original paper, which is directly relevant to the field of special education. Submitted papers will be reviewed by the NSW Chapter. Chapter's decision is final. The successful applicant(s) will be presented with the award at the Annual General Meeting of the NSW Chapter of AASE Inc.
$500 and consideration for publication in Special Education Perspectives or the Australasian Journal of Special Education (AJSE). Additional encouragement awards may be given.
- Be currently enrolled in an Australian University (in any state) or have had their award conferred in the last twelve months from an Australian University.
- Be undertaking or have completed a post graduate degree in special education, education or other discipline or be undertaking an undergraduate program which includes research in the area of special education.
- Be the sole or principal author of the paper. Major advisor or other persons may be co-authors.
- Papers may have been published or submitted for review.
The closing date for applications for the 2016 Lee Mills Award is 30th September 2016.
The profound experience of having a family member cope with intellectual impairment inspired Danielle Ward to pursue a Master of Autism Studies.
"With some form of autism diagnosed in one in every hundred people, it’s likely every teacher will come into contact with a person affected by an ASD, so to be armed with that level of professional and personal insight is invaluable."