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Athabasca University

University Diploma in Inclusive Education

Regulations effective September 1, 2018.

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 following Athabasca University’s program requirements outlined below.

AU 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.

Enrolment Requirements

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.

Program Requirements

Those AU students who have previously satisfied three to 12 credits of the core courses (within another completed AU credential) are required to replace those credits with additional credits in consultation with the program coordinator.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 24
Core course requirements 12
Elective credits 12
Residency Requirements: A minimum of 12 credits must be obtained through AU. 12
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits none permitted

Core Courses (12 credits)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Choose 12 credits from the following list. Credit from other post-secondary institutions may be applied.

EDPY/PSYC 389 Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions (3)
EDPY/PSYC 469 Principles of Psychological Assessment (3)
EDPY/PSYC 476 Technology for Students with Diverse Learning Needs (3)
EDPY/PSYC 478 Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
PSYC 323 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSYC 340 Introduction to Applied Social Psychology (3)
PSYC 350 Adolescent Psychology (3)
PSYC 355 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 356 Introduction to Personality Theories and Issues (3)
PSYC 387 Learning (3)
PSYC 388 Introduction to Counselling (3)
PSYC 402 Biological Psychology (3)
PSYC 418 Special Projects in Psychology (3)
PSYC 435 Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSYC 576 Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs* (3)
PSYC 589 Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions* (3)

* Students receiving credit for EDPY/PSYC 389 will not receive credit for PSYC 589. Students receiving credit for EDPY/PSYC 476 will not receive credit for PSYC 576. PSYC 576 and PSYC 589 are graduate level courses. Students registering in these courses must contact the Centre for Integrated Studies. Students completing PSYC 576 and/or PSYC 589 in the University Diploma in Inclusive Education may not apply these courses to the MAIS program.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2018 to Aug. 31, 2019.

Updated February 04 2019 by laurab

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