Improving learner outcomes

SEN Introduction
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
Flexible licensing options

About SEN Introduction

This course has been developed by the Northern Territories (NT) Special Education Team, the NT chapter of the Australian Association for Special Education (AASE) and the OLT Team. It aims to help teachers implement differentiated learning to meet the needs of students with special educational needs, including:

I am a pre-service teacher, the course has provided me with information that will help me greatly when I get into the classroom.

Pre-Service Teacher

  • intellectual impairment
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
Providing CPD in disability and inclusion since 2008

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone.


Who is the course for?

Our Introduction to Special Education Needs course is perfect for those who work in schools and specialist settings, such as teachers, learning and support teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders. The target age range is 4-18 years, although the course may also benefit education professionals in pre-school and kindergarten settings.

Over 174,000 participants worldwide

Why join the course?

Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting learners with this additional learning need.

How would you rate your current skills in planning and implementing interventions for students with this additional learning need?

  • Not confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Fairly confident
  • Very confident


Pre chart
  • 8.2%
  • 6.1%
  • 51.5%
  • 34.3%


Post chart
  • 6.1%
  • 29.9%
  • 63.7%

As of December 2019

This course looks at the impact this range of special educational needs can have on a student’s life and shows how you can make your classroom and practice more inclusive for these students. You will learn how to further understand their needs and develop a range of strategies to improve learning outcomes.

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Designed for professionals

Thank you this course was great. I really enjoyed the interactive online training site and how it was structured and delivered.


Course content

This course aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of all those working with children and young people with a range of disabilities to support inclusive practice.

  • Introduction
    Learn about the legislation and policy pertaining to students with disabilities, and complete a learner profile.
  • Understanding
    Learn about the causes, incidence, main characteristics and impact of intellectual impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, ADHD and PMLD. Explore approaches to teaching and helpful strategies for supporting students with each of these disabilities. Create three student focused SMART goals based on a learner profile.
  • Strategies
    Learn about the purpose and process of different types of assessments and how to assess individual needs arising from this range of SEN. Understand the importance of prioritising learning needs, and choose the interventions you’ll implement to achieve your three SMART goals.
  • Case Studies
    View real video examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.

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What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • outline the legislation and policy pertaining to students with disabilities
  • describe the distinguishing characteristics of each of the disabilities
  • discuss the behaviours that arise from these characteristics and their causes
  • explain the purpose and process of using different assessment tools, including checklists and running records
  • assess individual needs arising from this range of disabilities
  • implement a range of strategies to support students with disabilities, including education adjustments, scaffolding, shaping, prompting, modelling & demonstration, task analysis and chaining
  • explain the importance of instructional hierarchy
  • examine how planning and structure in key areas in your school can support the learning if students with disabilities
  • set SMART goals and implement strategies to improve outcomes
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