University Diploma: Inclusive Education

Number of credits required from Athabasca University: 12 credits.

Maximum credit awarded in this program for prior learning through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) processes: 0 credits.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students should be able to

  • demonstrate knowledge of inclusion (history, definition, laws, policies, principles of, issues, barriers, trends).
  • demonstrate knowledge of special needs and exceptionalities (learner characteristics, identification, definitions, etiology, developmental consequences, interventions and prevention).
  • demonstrate a knowledge and ability to adapt and make accommodations in educational environments for students with special needs (curricular, behavioural, methodological, technological).
  • demonstrate knowledge of and an ability to use a variety of assessment and instructional strategies to meet the needs of special needs students across the curriculum (language, reading, spelling, written expression, and learning and study strategies).
  • identify appropriate expectations for included students and develop, monitor and evaluate individual program plans (IPPs).
  • collaborate with others (problem-solving, communication, team-building, role clarification).
  • develop partnerships with parents of students with special needs.
  • demonstrate an understanding of assessment and the ability to use informal assessment instruments effectively to develop educational plans and to evaluate programs.
  • develop, institute, and monitor classroom and behaviour management plans (social skills instruction, dealing with self-concept, strategy instruction, strategies for behavioural change, cognitive behaviour management, and anger management).
  • promote the social, emotional and behavioural development of students with special needs.

Possible Career Options

For Certified Teachers with a Bachelor of Education

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Resource Room or Learning Assistance Teacher
  • Resource Facilitator
  • Special Education Consultant

For Students Who Are Not Certified Teachers

  • Special Needs Assistant (with teacher-assistant training)

Possible Further Education Options

At Athabasca University

At Other Educational Institutions*

  • graduate studies in education or other related/unrelated disciplines
  • library science
  • law
  • social work

* Entrance requirements vary among educational institutions. It is the students’ responsibility to research the entrance requirements of other educational institutions.


Updated August 22 2017 by Web Strategy, University Relations