Eligibility criteria

Find out if you’re eligible to apply for the Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship.

To apply, permanent teachers and school leaders will need to:

  1. be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  2. be permanently appointed to a NSW public school with a minimum of 12 months (203 days) successful teaching experience
  3. not already be approved to teach in the area of special education or hold a department recognised qualification in Special Education (i.e. if you are flagged to teach Special Education and you do not hold a recognised qualification in Special Education you are eligible to apply. You are also eligible to apply if you are already approved to teach in the area of special education and intend on enrolling in and completing a specialisation in the area of deaf and hard of hearing or blind and low vision)
  4. be supported by a recommendation from your current school principal and one other referee
  5. be enrolled in or committed to enrolling in and completing a recognised masters in inclusive/special education or; a recognised graduate diploma in inclusive/special education or; a masters with specialisation in the area of deaf and hard of hearing or blind and low vision
  6. be willing to enter into a Scholarship Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the scholarship recipient and the department
  7. be willing to remain in your current permanent full time teaching position or accept an appointment as a permanent full time special education teacher in any primary or secondary NSW public school on completion of your studies for a minimum period of three years.

To apply, temporary and casual teachers and school leaders will need to:

  1. be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  2. be an approved teacher for permanent employment with the NSW Department of Education and have a minimum of 12 months (203 days) successful teaching experience within the last five years
  3. not already be approved to teach in the area of special education or hold a department recognised qualification in Special Education (i.e. if you are flagged to teach Special Education and you do not hold a recognised qualification in Special Education you are eligible to apply. You are also eligible to apply if you are already approved to teach in the area of special education and intend on enrolling in and completing a specialisation in the area of deaf and hard of hearing or blind and low vision)
  4. be supported by a recommendation from your current school principal and one other referee
  5. be enrolled in or committed to enrolling in and completing a recognised masters in inclusive/special education or; a recognised graduate diploma in inclusive/special education or; a masters with specialisation in the area of deaf and hard of hearing or blind and low vision
  6. maintain continued university enrolment and complete your recognised qualification within two years
  7. be willing to enter into a Scholarship Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the scholarship recipient and the department
  8. be willing to accept an appointment as a permanent full time special education teacher to any primary or secondary NSW public school, on completion of your studies for a minimum period of three years.

For additional information about the Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship, read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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