FAQs

General

The scholarship is open to eligible permanent, temporary and casual teachers and school leaders. Specific criteria is dependent on your employment status.

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You will not be eligible to apply for an Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship if you are an approved teacher with a department recognised qualification in Special Education. If you are interested in retraining to become an approved teacher of special education – vision or hearing impairment, you may be eligible to apply for our Sponsored Training Education Program.

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You are definitely eligible to apply for an Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship if you have “flagged status” for special education.

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Yes, however you must still hold a current permanent 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 end of your studies.

If you have relinquished your school based position, you must still hold a current permanent approval to teach and be prepared to accept an appointment to a school within the nominated priority areas at the end of your studies. Please note that you will be asked to nominate your priority areas in the Scholarship application form.

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The following universities offer approved masters in inclusive/special education:

Please note, the above list may not be exhaustive. New programs delivered by other universities may be available. Please contact us at sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or on 1300 300 634 if you would like to confirm that the degree you are considering is an approved special education qualification at masters level or if you are unsure which program may be right for you.

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This will depend on the university you decide to study through. Generally, a master’s program can be completed over 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

You have up to two years to complete your master’s program under the scholarship.

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Applications must be submitted using the application form – click here to APPLY NOW.
You will need to provide the following along with your application:

  • evidence of any non-DoE 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
  • evidence of enrolment in an approved postgraduate special education master’s program (It is preferred that applicants enrol in an approved masters in inclusive or special education and present 
    this evidence with their application for this 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.)

Late applications are not accepted.

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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.

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We encourage applicants to commence and submit their application as early as possible during the application period.

Late applications are not accepted.

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No. The deadline for accepting applications is 11:59 pm on the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

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Yes, if you are currently self-funding your masters 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 DoE will not provide retrospective payments for subjects previously self-funded.

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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.

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A selection panel will consider all applications shortly after the closing date. Scholarship applicants who are shortlisted will be required to undertake online assessments to identify their capabilities, key knowledge areas and personal attributes to determine their suitability.

Scholarships are offered to successful applicants in December for study commencing in Semester/Session/Trimester 1, of the following year.

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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 sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

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Yes, if you would like feedback on your application, contact the department's Employment Programs Team at sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au.

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Funding

The total maximum amount under the scholarship is $23,000 and will be paid in three instalments via electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly into your nominated bank account. You will be eligible to receive the full $23,000 if you are completing at least 8 units of study while on scholarship.  If you are not completing a minimum of 8 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 your master’s degree. A full time academic load is equivalent to 8 units or more.

  1. Up to $10,000 paid once the Employment Programs Team receives confirmation of your enrolment in an approved master’s degree. This is based on evidence of enrolment in at least 4 units of a master’s degree.
  2. Up to $10,000 paid once the Employment Programs Team receives confirmation of your successful mid-way completion of an approved master’s degree and evidence of enrolment into at least 4 more units of a master’s degree for the following semester.
  3. $3000 paid once the Employment Programs Team receives confirmation that you have successfully completed your approved master’s degree.

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The $10,000 annual training allowance and $3,000 completion allowance received must be declared as assessable income on annual income tax returns. Scholars will have tax withheld from their annual training allowance and relocation allowance. HECS-HELP repayments may also be withheld.

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No, scholarship recipients receive up to $23,000 throughout their training, paid directly to you, to be used towards the cost of course fees.

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The total amount paid by the department for this scholarship program is capped at $23,000.

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The department will not pay for any unit for which you receive advanced standing for or academic credit granted.

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The requirements for practicum are determined and set by the university. The department encourages potential scholars 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 a practicum in a support unit/class or SSP would be valuable.

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If you can't find answers to your questions in the above FAQs, contact our sponsored training team via sponsoredtraining@det.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 300 634.

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Permanent teachers and school leaders

The scholarship is open to eligible permanent, temporary and casual teachers and school leaders. The below outlines the specific criteria for permanent teachers and school leaders.
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 be an approved teacher with 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
  4. 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 Master’s of Special or Inclusive Education.
  6. be willing to enter into a Deed of 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 3 years.
  8. be willing to participate in the Inclusive Practice in Education Alumni network.

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Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria for the Inclusive Practice in Education Scholarship program, you can apply.

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Yes, you will have the option to remain at your school while you undertake your Master’s of Special or Inclusive Education and once your studies have been completed.

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Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Agreement with the department, committing them to:

  1. complete a masters program in special/inclusive education within 2 years
  2. remain in our employment for at least 3 years following the completion of your studies
  3. participate in the Inclusive Practice in Education Alumni network.

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Yes, you’ll be entitled to 8 days per year 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

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Casual and Temporary Teachers and School Leaders

The scholarship is open to permanent, temporary and casual teachers and school leaders. The below outlines the specific criteria for casual and temporary teachers and school leaders.

  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 be an approved teacher with 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
  4. supported by a recommendation from your current school principal and one other referee
  5. be enrolled in or committed to enrolling in and completing an approved master’s in special or inclusive education
  6. be willing to enter into a Deed of Agreement, a legally binding agreement that outlines the responsibilities of both the scholarship recipient and the department
  7. 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 3 years.
  8. be willing to participate in the Inclusive Practice in Education Alumni network.

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If you are a temporary staff member you’ll 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.

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Upon successful completion of your master’s program you’ll 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.

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Scholars may be eligible for a wide range of incentives and benefits. The benefits vary from school to school. Use the benefits calculator to find out about the benefits and incentives that are available to teachers and school leaders at individual schools.

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If you are currently a permanently appointed teacher, you can elect to remain in your current permanent position.

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.

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.

You could also select a minimum of three or more individual 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 following: schstaffingareas.xls (354 KB)

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