Inclusive Education

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Inclusive Education

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Early Childhood Education, Education, Teacher Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    39 credit points including ECH218 or ECH228, or admission to a Bachelor of Teaching

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    In this unit notions of 'difference' and 'disability' are explored in the context of the provision of inclusive early years education and care. Students integrate their growing knowledge of developmental processes and early childhood pedagogy into a framework focusing on the education of diverse groups of young children. A primary emphasis is working with children who experience disability and their families. During the unit, students learn about inclusive education and features of inclusive environments and communities, consider theoretical models of disability, explore processes of labelling, acquire understanding of appropriate terminology and language and develop their knowledge of practical approaches to inclusive early childhood education and care. Students are supported in developing understanding of sensory development and maximising social interaction and learning, multiple approaches to communication and quality provision of social inclusion. Representation and constructions of disability in popular culture are discussed. The roles of early years professionals in understanding and responding to challenging behaviour, and planning for extension and enrichment in the early years is examined. The implications of theory and practice for engagement in critically reflective practice, with a view to moving beyond rhetoric towards genuinely inclusive education are considered.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.