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)
Institution CRICOS: 00873F (ACT); 00112C (VIC); 00885B (Qld); 00004G (NSW)


  • Education-inclusive
  • Disability studies

Australian Catholic University is a publicly funded university and we welcome students and staff of all beliefs and backgrounds at our six campuses across Australia.

The ACU advantage

Modern university, strong tradition: We are the largest Catholic university in the English-speaking world and ranked in the top three per cent of universities worldwide* and recognised as one of the world’s top young universities.**

ACU graduate success: 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, 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 to ensure they are prepared for the world beyond the classroom.

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 200 universities and educational institutions in over 40 countries around the world. More than 1000 ACU students go overseas each year as part of their ACU degree.

Multicultural: We welcome students of all beliefs and backgrounds. We have over 33,000 students from 160 countries that 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 exciting cities around Australia — Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Ballarat. Students also have the opportunity to transfer between campuses to experience more of the beautiful country. A range of scholarships are also on offer for international students.

Affordable: ACU is one of the most affordable institutions in Australia. With accredited and recognised courses, we offer students an excellent return on your investment. A range of scholarships are also on offer for international students.


We offer excellent degree programs in a number of disciplines. These include:

  • accounting and finance
  • business information systems and IT
  • business and marketing
  • education and teaching
  • exercise/sports science
  • media production
  • global studies and international development
  • human resource management
  • law
  • management (MBA)
  • nursing and physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy and speech pathology
  • philosophy and theology
  • psychology
  • public health
  • biomedical science
  • social/youth work
  • visual arts and design.

*QS World University Rankings 2018

**Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2017

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 general student visa advice.

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

Career development services and career advisers are available on all ACU campuses to assist students and graduates with personal career goals.

ACU graduates can access careers support up to two years post completion of studies.

The Academic Skills Unit is available for students to develop their skills for successful university study. Students have access to workshops, online resources, can ask questions online, book consultations or drop in. The services cover exam skills, maths and numeracy skills, academic referencing, and writing and study skills.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are run weekly by ACU students who have already complete a unit. It is a free, voluntary academic support program for first year students enrolled in specific units known to be difficult. 

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