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Athabasca University

University Diploma in Inclusive Education

Regulations effective September 1, 2016.

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

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.

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 EDPY/PSYC 389 or EDPY 351 (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.

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.

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.

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 AU credits)

Complete the following courses through AU. Exceptions must be approved by the program director.

EDPY/PSYC 400 Teaching and Managing the Child with Learning Difficulties (6)
EDPY/PSYC 470 Consultation and Collaboration for Students with Special Needs (3)
EDPY/PSYC 471 Managing Behaviour Problems in the Classroom (3)


Elective Courses

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

EDPY 351 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
EDPY/PSYC 389 Learning Disabilities: Issues and Interventions (3)
EDPY/PSYC 469 Principles of Psychological Assessment (3)
EDPY/PSYC 476 Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs (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 and/or EDPY/PSYC 476 will not receive credit for PSYC 576 and/or PSYC 589. 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 Diploma in Inclusive Education may not apply these courses to the MAIS program.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated June 28 2016 by laurab

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