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Graduate Certificate of Education, Special Education: Complex Communication Needs

DDWA has been pleased to work with Dr John O'Rourke and Laura Jones from Edith Cowan University who have developed the Graduate Certificate of Education,Special Education: Complex Communication Needs.

Carolyn Gerrans successfully applied for a scholarship provided by DDWA which will fund her participation in a number of the course units required to complete the Graduate Certificate, which was designed specifically to increase the skills of education and therapy professionals who support people with complex communication needs.
Carolyn is a TAFE lecturer and relief teacher, who has a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and communications needs. She lectures Education Assistant students at TAFE and wanted to enhance their understanding of the importance of communication and inspire them to be active in supporting the students they work with.

She also co-ordinates and teaches young adults with disability, several of whom have communication needs.
"I would like to become more active in supporting them as individuals in further developing  their own communication," Carolyn said.

"I've developed and learned a wide range of communication skills during my career, and am proficient in different communication techniques with students with disability, and I would enjoy the opportunity to learn more to become a better communication partner for my students," she said.

The Graduate Certificate enables professionals working in regular classrooms, education support facilities or elsewhere within the community to create effective learning programs which are communication accessible for all. 

The course comprises 4 units of study and can be taken over a year part time, or 0.5 years full time. It is open to people with a four-year teaching qualification or equivalent; a comparable professional level qualification in a related field will be considered. The course is located at ECU Mt Lawley (not available at Joondalup or South West (Bunbury) Campus, and can be done in its entirety online or as a combination of on-campus and on-line study. 

To find out more about the course contact John O'Rourke at



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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION: Special Education - Complex Communication Needs

This course is intended for education or therapy professionals to enhance their experience and understandings of the specific skills required to communicate with, teach, support and include individuals with complex communication needs, whether in a regular classroom, special education facility or elsewhere in the wider community.

Units to complete (45 credit points)

  • EDU5310 Complex Communication Needs: Being an Effective Communication Partner - 15 Credit Points
  • EDU5315 Complex Communication Needs: Literacy, Language and Communication INstruction for All - 15 Credit Points
  • EDU5373 Foundation Studies and Current Issues in Special Education - 15 Credit Points
  • Plus select any 15 credit point Level 5 EDU unit in consultation with the Course Coordinator

Admission requirements: Four-year teaching qualifcation or equivalent; a comparable professional level qualification in a related field will be considered.

Location: Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley Campus (not available at Joondalup or South West (Bunbury) Campus

Online: This course can also be done in its entirety online

Please note: the course can also be done as a combination of on-campus and on-line study

Duration: 0.5 years full-time or 1 year part time (4 units of study required to complete course).

Graduate Certificates are generally to be completed over a year - however a unit per semester approach will be accommodated. Thus far the course has involved some weekend classes interspaced over the semester to allow students to reflect and practice what they are learning. This has been beneficial for people working full-time and those in the outer-metropolitan area or South West. 

To find out more about the course contact John O'Rourke at