Online training for
Special Educational Needs
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Courses for Victoria

Department of Education and Training

The online training courses support teachers and educational personnel in Victorian government schools in responding to the diverse additional needs of students.

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Image of booksThe online courses are delivered through a supported training model. This model includes tutor-led sessions for discussions, presentations and sharing of resources as well as self-paced individual study.

Each course runs over a period of 8 - 10 weeks. Participants join a cohort of up to twelve people led by a trained tutor. Completion of a course will contribute to 20 hours of professional learning, which may be credited to the participant’s professional learning record.

What courses are available?

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders / ASD

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In many classrooms there are students who may:

  • have difficulty communicating and relating to others
  • have behaviours and interests that are restricted and repetitive
  • appear distressed over changes in routine
  • be overly sensitive to some sounds, movements, smells and tastes
  • appear to be unaware or insensitive to the feelings of others

These students may have an autism spectrum disorder and as the term suggests they may have a range of abilities that vary from those with severe intellectual disability through to individuals with exceptional abilities.

Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental disability and students, whatever their level of functioning, may need support and adjustments in the school and classroom environments. This course aims to support teachers in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students by providing an understanding of the impact of this disability. It offers practical and achievable assessment ideas and intervention strategies to address a range of specific, identified needs.

Inclusion of students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs / SLCN

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In many classrooms there are students who may have difficulties:

  • understanding, following and giving directions
  • using a wide range of appropriate vocabulary
  • expressing needs, ideas and information
  • sequencing and prioritising tasks, negotiating with others and working in groups

Students who have significant difficulties with speech and language can present with a wide range of additional learning needs and problematic behaviours and they will often have difficulties accessing the curriculum due to limited reading, writing and spelling skills.

This course aims to support teachers in making their classrooms more inclusive for all students by providing an understanding of the impact of speech, language and communication needs. It offers practical and achievable assessment ideas and intervention strategies to address a range of specific, identified needs.

Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Difficulties in Reading / DYS

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Students who experience dyslexia or other significant difficulties in learning to read may require adjustments and support across all the key learning areas. An understanding of how these difficulties can impact on student learning and what evidence-based strategies are available will assist teachers to make a difference to the learning outcomes of these students.

This course provides participants with an understanding of:

  • the causes, incidence and main characteristics of dyslexia
  • some of the issues surrounding dyslexia and significant difficulties in reading
  • how to carry out an individual reading assessment and monitor student progress
  • the importance of a whole school approach to teaching reading and providing additional support
  • a range of practical strategies to teach the critical aspects of reading
  • how to individualise the class reading program
  • how to support learning across the curriculum and use assistive technology effectively

Understanding Hearing Loss / UHL

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Students with hearing loss may have difficulties in acquiring language and literacy skills which may impact on their ability to access content across the key learning areas. An understanding of the effect hearing loss can have on student learning is important for all teachers. This course will assist teachers to provide adjusted learning and support to meet the needs of these students and to make a difference to their learning outcomes.

This course provides participants with an understanding of:

  • how the ear works and what we mean by hearing loss
  • the possible effects of a hearing loss on a student’s academic, social and communication skills
  • the range of assessment strategies to assess hearing, listening skills, language skills, the classroom environment and appropriate technology
  • the importance of a whole school approach to supporting all students with hearing loss
  • a range of teaching strategies to support learning across the curriculum and to maintain a positive learning environment

Each course has four main elements:

  • Understanding
  • Assessment
  • Interventions
  • Case studies

The content is presented in a variety of ways to accommodate different learning preferences. All courses include interactions, printable resources, animations and videos.

There a number of quizzes throughout the course, and as a participant you must contribute to forums, goals and interventions as part of the course requirements.

What is the feedback?

Those who have completed the courses rate them very highly in terms of the impact of the courses on extending knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting students with special needs.

Region Regional contact name Tel Email
North-Eastern Victoria Region Pauline Cavalot (03) 8392 9332 cavalot.pauline.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
North-Western Victoria Region Kellie Blair (03) 9488 9468 blair.kellie.a@edumail.vic.gov.au
South-Eastern Victoria Region Emma Wray (03) 8765 5624 wray.emma.e@edumail.vic.gov.au
South-Western Victoria Region Jacqui Nicholson (03) 5225 1028 nicholson.jacqueline.j@edumail.vic.gov.au