Associate Degree in Inclusive Education and Disability Studies

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Associate Degree in Inclusive Education and Disability Studies is for students who want a career in disability or human service management. It's one of the few opportunities to take a university course in this area. This associate degree also acts as a pathway course into the Bachelor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies for those who don't currently meet the entry requirements. Students will develop a holistic view of disability and the social structures that influence learning and development for people with special needs. This includes areas such as: social justice and empowerment; advocacy; the influence of disability on learning; social dynamics and positive behaviour support. Students can tailor the course to their interests by selecting topics in assessment tasks, fieldwork components and the selection of specialisation subject units. The majority of assessments are assignment or project based to help integrate practice and theory.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary)
CRICOS: 00873F (ACT); 00112C (VIC); 00885B (Qld); 00004G (NSW)


  • Education-inclusive
  • Disability studies

ACU is committed to providing equal access to education for all and providing an experience that will empower students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions.

The ACU advantage

Modern university, strong tradition: We are the largest Catholic university in the English-speaking world and are ranked in the world's top 10 per cent by the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP).

ACU students are in demand: 93 per cent of our students get a job within four months of graduation**. We are highly ranked by The Good Universities Guide 2016 for getting a full-time job, graduate starting salary and staff qualifications, assuring you a high-quality academic and social experience.

Reputation: Not only are we Australia's largest educator of nurses and teachers, but we also have leading criminal lawyers, recognised business professionals and international artists amongst our academic staff. We are also home to multiple research institutes and are committed to the ongoing training of outstanding researchers.

Career ready: With close links to industry, our undergraduate courses give students opportunities to undertake work placements, internships or volunteering programs while studying.

Connected: Enrolled students receive free internet access through ACU's wired and wireless networks. The ACU Library also participates in reciprocal borrowing schemes that allow students to borrow from other universities across Australia.

Welcoming: ACU is a great place to meet people and have new experiences. Our campuses and class sizes are small, so students won't get lost in the crowd.

Travel the world: ACU is globally connected. We have relationships with more than 130 universities and educational institutions around the world. More than 400 ACU students go overseas each year as part of their ACU degree.

Multicultural: We welcome students of all beliefs and backgrounds. We have over 32,000 students, representing 96 nationalities, who come from various religious and cultural backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal access to education for all.

Choice of study location: ACU international students can choose to study in five of the most exciting cities in Australia - Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Ballarat.

Affordable: ACU is one of the most affordable institutions in Australia. We offer you an excellent return on your investment.

ACU has extensive experience in the support of international students, and our support begins from the moment you arrive in Australia with our airport pick-up service.

We have a dedicated team of international student advisers who can provide information on enrolment, accommodation, finance and student visas.

Qualified counsellors are available at each campus to offer free, confidential advice on any issue.

Career development services and career advisers are available on each campus to assist students with personal career goals.

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