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Macquarie University Special Education Centre

Welcome to MUSEC

Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC), the centre for research and teaching in special education, enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality of its research, its excellence in postgraduate teaching and its contribution to program development in the area of Special Education.

Centre staff are involved in a variety of research projects, both on and off campus, focusing on the learning and behaviour difficulties of young children and school students with special needs and disabilities. Complementary program development ensures that research findings are translated into practical applications for implementation by teachers working with children with special needs in both regular and special schools.

The staff of Macquarie University Special Education Centre include special educators, psychologists, teachers, therapists and researchers, backed by technical and administrative support staff.

Programs offered include the Doctor of Philosophy (Special Education), Master of Special Education (by coursework), Graduate Diploma in Special Education and Postgraduate Certificates in Special Education (Learning Difficulties Support Teaching, Behaviour Support Teaching).

We welcome Research enquiries; please contact Assoc. Prof. Mark Carter by email.


Inaugural Symposium for Early Intervention in the 21st Century


CFRC and MUSEC joint Symposium: Wednesday 2 December 2015

Addressing a broad range of issues relevant to parents, service providers, and academics, 

this event will cover a diverse range of topics, including:

  • Distinguishing science and pseudoscience
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Participating in the musical life of children
  • Inclusion
  • Decision making about using interventions
  • Engagement and embedded intervention


Keynote speaker: Dr Tim Moore, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Presentation: Associate Professor Mark Carter

Choose from 12 workshops to participate in.


Learn more about this event.




Thursday October 22, 2015   5.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Building X5A (carpark X3), Macquarie University, North Ryde

Learn more on our Postgraduate Information Session page.






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Early Intervention in the 21st Century Symposium

December 2 2015

Access program details for this inaugural event.


Changes to Special Education Courses in 2015

For students applying for 2015 postgraduate programs, a number of changes will apply to all of our courses. Please follow the links below for more details.


Find your text listings on our REQUIRED TEXTS page.


DEC approves MUSEC's Master of Special Education for Scholarship

Please visit the DEC website for full details.