The scholarship is open to eligible permanent, temporary and casual teachers and school leaders. Specific criteria is dependent on your employment status.
Approved teachers with a department recognised qualification in special education may be eligible to apply to specialise in the area of deaf and hard of hearing or blind and low vision.
Yes, you are eligible to apply for an Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship if you have “flagged status” for special education.
Yes, however you must still hold a current approval to teach and be prepared to return to your substantive school-based position or accept an appointment to a school within the nominated priority areas at the completion of your studies.
If you have relinquished your school-based position, you must still hold a current approval to teach and be prepared to accept an appointment to a school within the nominated priority areas at the completion of your studies.
Please note that you will be asked to nominate your priority areas in the Scholarship application form.
You have up to two years to complete your masters or graduate diploma under the scholarship. The university that you decide to study through may have additional completion requirements.
A list of universities that offer approved courses can be found below. Please note that for a course to be an approved course it must include a practicum. The list may not be exhaustive. New programs delivered by other universities may be available. Please contact 1300 300 634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to confirm that the degree or graduate diploma you are considering is an approved special education qualification or if you are unsure which program may be right for you.
The following universities offer an approved masters in inclusive/special education:
- Australian Catholic University
- Charles Sturt University
- Deakin University
- Flinders University
- Griffith University
- La Trobe University
- Macquarie University
- University of Newcastle
- University of New South Wales
- University of New England
- University of Sydney
- University of Wollongong.
- Western Sydney University
The following universities offer an approved graduate diploma in inclusive/special education:
The following universities offer an approved masters with specialisation in the area of deaf and hard of hearing or blind and low vision:
Applications must be submitted online using the Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship application form (PDF 1.1 MB).
Please note that late applications will not be accepted.
You will need to provide the following along with your application:
- evidence of any non NSW Department of Education teaching experience listed on your application
- an official statement of service from your non DoE school stating commencement date, completion date, number of teaching days completed and leave without pay details
- a current principal’s supporting statement on the template provided
- a referee’s supporting statement on the template provided
- your supporting statement on the template provided
- evidence of enrolment (once available) in an approved postgraduate master’s degree or graduate diploma program. It is preferred that applicants enrol in an approved masters or graduate diploma program and present this evidence with their application for the scholarship. It is suggested that applicants liaise with their university to confirm the final date for withdrawal without financial penalty, should their application for the scholarship be unsuccessful.
You can provide a supporting statement from your most recent supervising stage leader or head teacher. The Employment Programs Team in the Human Resources Directorate may seek further information if your application progresses.
We encourage applicants to commence and submit their application as early as possible during the application period.
Late applications are not accepted.
No. The deadline for accepting applications is 11:59 pm on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Yes, if you are currently self-funding either your master’s degree or graduate diploma and are successful in your scholarship application you will receive a pro-rata amount depending on the number of subjects you have left to study.
The department will not provide retrospective payments for subjects previously self-funded.
If you are already the recipient of a scholarship or sponsorship for special education, you will not be eligible to apply for an Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship. Please ask the Employment Programs Team if you require clarification.
Scholarships are offered to successful applicants in January for study commencing in Semester/Session/Trimester 1, 2022.
You are required to undertake a practicum in order to meet the requirements of your scholarship and be eligible to receive a permanent role as a specialist educator.
Practicums are not required to occur in any specific setting. Practicums must be between 10-20 days to meet department requirements but specifics will be set by your university. The department encourages you to contact universities to find out exactly what is expected.
The department recommends that you seek to study through a university where you are not only gaining a qualification but where you are able to strengthen your knowledge through relevant practical experience. This is where practicum in a range of settings would be valuable including mainstream, support unit/class or school for specific purposes (SSP).
Yes. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is complete. If you change your contact details after the closing date, please email your updated contact details to the Employment Programs Team at email@example.com.
The total maximum amount payable to recipients of the scholarship is $23,000 and will be paid in three instalments via electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into your nominated bank account. Scholarship funds will be included alongside your regular pay and are subject to tax.
You will be eligible to receive the full $23,000 if you are completing a minimum of eight units of study while on scholarship. If you do not complete a minimum of eight units of study, you will be paid a pro rata amount, that being $2,500 per unit of study while on scholarship.
The department will not provide an allowance for subjects previously failed and reattempted, or units for which you receive advanced standing or academic credit.
The following description of payments is based on a full time academic load of the master’s degree or graduate diploma pathway. A full time academic load is equivalent to eight units or more.
- Up to $10,000 paid once the Employment Programs team receives confirmation of your enrolment in an approved master’s degree or graduate diploma. This is based on evidence of enrolment in at least four units of a master’s degree or graduate diploma.
- Up to $10,000 paid once the Employment Programs team receives confirmation of your successful mid-way completion of an approved master’s degree or graduate diploma and evidence of enrolment into at least four more units of a master’s degree or graduate diploma for the following semester.
- $3,000 paid once the Employment Programs team receives confirmation that you have successfully completed your approved master’s degree or graduate diploma.
The maximum two $10,000 annual training allowances and $3,000 completion allowance payable to scholars will be paid in the regular pay cycle and taxed accordingly.
Any money paid to you by the department must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. You will have tax withheld from your annual training allowance and completion allowance. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld.
No, you will receive up to $23,000 throughout your training, paid in three installments (two $10,000 instalments while studying and $3,000 upon completion of your studies). Funds will be paid to you alongside your regular pay and will be taxed. You are to use the funds towards the cost of course fees.
Please note, you will need to cover any additional out of pocket expenses, and some courses may cost more than the maximum $23,000 provided by the scholarship.
The total amount paid by the department for this scholarship program is capped at $23,000.
The department will not pay for any unit for which you receive advanced standing for or academic credit granted.
Permanent teachers and school leaders
Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria for the Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship program, you can apply.
Yes, you will have the option to remain at your school while you undertake your qualification and once your studies have been completed.
Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement with the department, committing them to:
- complete a masters in inclusive/special education, a masters with specialisation in the area of deaf and hard of hearing or blind and low vision or a graduate diploma in inclusive/special education within two years
- remain in our employment for at least three years following the completion of your studies
- participate in the Inclusive Practice in Education network.
Yes, you’ll be entitled to 8 days per year (12 months) of study leave however, the taking of study leave days must be discussed with and approved by your school principal. If you are a part-time teacher, study leave is provided on a pro-rata basis dependent on the number of days worked per week.
Casual and temporary teachers and school leaders
If you are a temporary teacher you will attain study leave on a pro-rata basis dependent on the number of days per week you work and the length of your temporary appointment. The taking of study leave days must be discussed with and approved by your school principal.
Study leave is not available for casual staff.
Upon successful completion of your master’s or graduate diploma program you will be appointed to a full time permanent special education teaching position in a NSW public school in an agreed location as nominated within your Deed of Agreement.
The location of your permanent role is non-negotiable.
For temporary and casual teachers, as part of the application process, you will be asked to select either 'Anywhere in the State' or individual school education areas where you would like to be appointed on completion of your studies.
If you select to be appointed 'Anywhere in the State', you are agreeing to be appointed to a school in one of the following school education areas: Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bondi, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Hornsby, Lake Macquarie, Lismore, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Port Jackson, Port Macquarie, Queanbeyan, Ryde, Shellharbour, St George, Sutherland, Tamworth, Taree, Tweed Heads/Ballina, Wagga Wagga, Windsor and Wollongong.
Alternatively, you may also choose to select:
- one school education area from the following list of priority rural or remote areas of workforce need: Bourke, Broken Hill, Griffith, Moree and Orange
- a minimum of three school education areas, from either Sydney metropolitan areas of workforce need and/or rural or remote areas of workforce need.
The metropolitan areas of workforce need are: Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt, Penrith and Windsor.
The rural or remote areas of workforce need are: Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Central Coast, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Queanbeyan, Tamworth, Taree and Wagga Wagga.
To view the schools located in each geographic area of workforce need please view the Staffing Areas spreadsheet (354 KB).
If you have read all of the FAQs and haven’t found an answer to your question, contact the Employment Programs team via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 300 634.