The University Diploma in Inclusive Education is intended primarily for teachers
who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the areas of special
needs. The program consists of 24 credits taken from either Athabasca
University or the University of Alberta, as both institutes offer
equivalent courses. Students are recommended to complete the core
course requirements at
their home institution. Exceptions must be approved by their Faculty's
Students interested in enrolling in the program through the University
of Alberta should contact the Department of Educational Psychology for specific
Students interested in enrolling in the program through Athabasca
University will follow Athabasca University's program requirements
outlined below. Students may register in relevant University of
Alberta courses (or other post-secondary institution courses) for
transfer to Athabasca University. Students enrolled in the diploma
program at Athabasca University will, upon completion of the requirements,
receive the credential from Athabasca University.
It is strongly recommended that applicants have the equivalent
of an introductory course in special education. If applicants do
not have this equivalent course, they may take PSYC
389 at Athabasca University or EDPY 301 at the University of
Alberta (or an equivalent) before taking any of the core courses.
This course may be considered as one of the three-credit electives
in the program.
Athabasca University advisors have developed a Program Plan to
assist you. The University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.
Applicants must have completed a four-year Bachelor of Education
degree or its equivalent. Consult the program coordinator for determining
equivalency. Learners may enrol either on a full- or part-time basis.
It is recommended that the diploma be completed in six years.
Students with previous credentials in special education should
contact the program coordinator before enrolling in this program.
Those Athabasca University students who have previously satisfied
three to 12 credits of the core courses (within another completed
Athabasca University credential) are required to replace those credits
with additional credits in consultation with the program coordinator.