Educating Students with Diverse Abilities

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Educating Students with Diverse Abilities unit is aimed at primary school teachers looking to receive specialised training in the area of special education. Delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, the unit covers the legal, social and educational imperatives for inclusive teaching. The unit guides you through atypical development and the subsequent educational implications of this, helping teachers gain a better understanding of their role in teaching children with diverse abilities. The unit covers specific areas such as intellectual disability, sensory impairments, emotional and behavioural issues and communication disorders. It also includes subjects on gifted and talented cohorts and how to work collaboratively with parents and other professionals. Want to know more about life as an OUA student? Listen to Hellen's story.


In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this education unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Unit introduction - inclusion
  • Vision impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Communication disorders
  • Intellectual disability
  • Gifted and talented
  • Autism/Asperger's syndrome
  • Social, emotional and behaviour issues
  • Reading difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Working with parents and other professionals
  • Overview

This unit is an absolute must for primary school teachers, as it provides specialised training in the area of inclusive teaching. Once you complete this unit you will be able to:

  • Understand the various principles and policies that drive inclusive education
  • Describe and appreciate the differing needs of a diverse group of students including those with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and behavioural problems
  • Adjust learning strategies and implement effective interventions to address a student's needs
  • Understand how to work with parents and other professionals, and understand the role you must play in educating students with diverse abilities

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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