• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Develop theoretical knowledge and effective strategies for educating young children, including those living with disability and other special needs. The Education (Early Childhood and Special Education) and Disability Studies degree at Flinders University   provides up-to-date knowledge about contemporary issues in disability, child development and learning. 


Study Education (Early Childhood and Special Education) and Disability Studies degree at Flinders University

  • Qualify to teach children from birth to eight years
  • Combine in-depth study of early childhood education with studies in disability, special and inclusive education
  • Get work-ready with supervised professional experience in childcare, preschool and junior primary settings, and complete work experience in a disability service in SA or beyond
  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge about the education and community services that provide for young children with diverse needs and their families
  • Gain the skills employers are seeking with our nationally and internationally recognised transformative curriculum
Your career

Although the majority of graduates seek employment as teachers in the public or private sector, some follow other pathways. These include employment in the disability sector such as a: program coordinator, case manager, service coordinator, leisure and recreation coordinator, early intervention coordinator, disability employment officer.

Potential occupations include:

  • early childhood teacher
  • special education teacher
  • developmental educator
  • youth and children’s support officer
  • disability liaison officer

Potential employers include:

  • childcare centres
  • kindergartens
  • early learning centres
  • junior primary schools
  • special education settings
  • disability service settings


Upon successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Graduates looking for employment in other parts of Australia and overseas may be required to meet additional conditions. Graduates meet Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority employment criteria.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      Part-time only for domestic students.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching and Educational Contexts 
  • Communication and Language  
  • Pedagogies of Belonging  
  • Play, Learning and Development  
  • Foundations of Special Education  
  • Professional Experience: Year 1 (Early Childhood) 
  • Students with Learning and Behavioural Difficulties  
  • Perspectives of  Disability and Rehabilitation 

              English Language Requirements

              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              • Minimum required score:


                The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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              General Requirements

              To gain direct general admission to an undergraduate course at Flinders, you must have successfully completed a recognised secondary education qualification overseas or in Australia, and satisfy our English language proficiency requirements.

              CRICOS: 072042E

              Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

              • You are considered ineligible for admission
              • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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              Tuition Fee

              • International

                27100 AUD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 27100 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
              • National

                6855 AUD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 6855 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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              Living costs for Adelaide

              • 1328 - 2480 AUD/month
                Living Costs

              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


              Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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