Membership eligibility

Full membership of the DEAI is open to applicants holding a tertiary degree level qualification (Bachelor or Master) in Disability and Developmental Education studies or equivalent as approved by the DEAI, who agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and Practice for Developmental Educators (including the DEAI Social Media Guideline) and DEAI Constitution. Student membership is available to students enrolled in a tertiary disability studies degree recognised by the DEAI. Please refer to the information below for further details:

 

Membership categories

 

Full Membership - $110
A person who:

  • holds a Bachelor of Disability and Development Education (or Master) qualification or another comparable degree qualification in disability as recognised by the DEAI, and
  • is professionally engaged as a Developmental Educator (or similar role) and continues to be actively involved within any of the fields of disability, education, mental health, community justice, welfare, and/or rehabilitation services.
  • Note: A Special Education qualification is not deemed as eligible for full membership without an additional recognised Master level qualification in ‘disability studies’.
Associate Membership - $49
A person who:

  • possesses a qualification recognised by the DEAI as relevant to the field of Disability and Developmental Education but does not have a tertiary level degree, or
  • has had adequate training (in the opinion of the DEAI), together with more than three years of experience in the field of disability with an organisation recognised by the DEAI.
  • Note: An Associate Member is entitled to full privileges of membership except the right to vote at the AGM or Extra-Ordinary meetings.
  • Note: An Associate Membership does NOT entitle a member to practice as a Developmental Educator and registration with NDIS as a Developmental Educator is NOT possible with this level of membership.
Student Membership - $49
A person who:

  • is a student in the Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (including the double education/disability degrees), Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies, or Master level Disability Studies degree, relevant to the field of Disability and Developmental Education as approved by the DEAI.
  • Note: A student member is entitled to full privileges of membership except the right to vote at the AGM or Extra-Ordinary meetings.
  • Note: First year undergraduate disability studies students can enjoy free membership for one year.

 

Recognised Qualifications and Accreditation 

 

Individual Course Accreditation Application 

The DEAI is the self-regulated professional body for Developmental Educators, and responsible for the professional accreditation of tertiary disability studies programs, graduates of which may seek full membership with the association. Full membership with the DEAI is available to applicants who have graduated from a tertiary degree in disability studies (Bachelor or Master).

The Individual Course Accreditation Application is relevant for applicants who hold a qualification from a tertiary institution that has not yet been accredited by the DEAI as offering an approved degree, eligible for full membership. The criteria are set out in the application; the fee for Individual Course Accreditation is $300, which includes the 1st year’s membership fee of $110 if the application has a successful outcome.

Download the application here: DEAI Individual Course Accreditation Application

You are advised to consult the listing of DEAI recognised disability studies degrees below prior to completing and submitting the application. Alternatively, you may like to contact us on contact@deai.com.au. For disability studies degrees not listed below, please also contact the DEAI.

 

Professional Accreditation for University Disability Studies Degrees

The DEAI is in the process of completing a Professional Accreditation Manual for University Disability Studies Degrees, which comprises two sets of standards:

  1. Standards for Developmental Education Practice
  2. Standards for University Studies Degrees

Universities that offer a Bachelor or Master level Disability Studies Degree and who are interested in professional accreditation by the DEAI, can complete the University Disability Studies Degree Accreditation Application. Where the outcome of the accreditation is successful, any student graduating from this degree will be automatically eligible to apply for full membership with the DEAI (hence avoiding the Individual Accreditation process and fee).

Download the Manual here: DEAI Professional Accreditation Manual for University Disability Studies Degrees.

Please contact us on contact@deai.com.au if seeking further information.

 

Listing of DEAI recognised disability studies degrees

 

Accredited current bachelor degrees
Graduates with the following degrees are eligible to apply for automatic full membership.

Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education Flinders University, Adelaide
Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education (Rehabilitation Counselling) Flinders University, Adelaide
Bachelor of Bachelor of Disability Studies Education / (Early Childhood & Special Education) Flinders University, Adelaide
Bachelor of Bachelor of Disability Studies / Education (Primary R-7 & Special Education) Flinders University, Adelaide
Bachelor of Bachelor of Disability Studies /Education (Middle & Secondary Schooling/Special Education) – enrollments up to 2016. Flinders University, Adelaide
Accredited discontinued bachelor degrees
Graduates with the following degrees are eligible to apply for automatic full membership.

Bachelor of Applied Science – Disability Studies Flinders University, Adelaide
Bachelor of Applied Science – Developmental Disabilities Flinders University, Adelaide
Diploma of Developmental Disabilities
Plus demonstration of ongoing relevant employment and professional development in disability related areas.
Sturt Teachers College, Adelaide
Mental Deficiency Nursing Certificate
Plus demonstration of ongoing relevant employment and professional development in disability related areas.
South Australia
Bachelor of Applied Science – Intellectual Disability RMIT, Melbourne
Bachelor of Applied Science – Intellectual Disability Deakin University, Geelong
Bachelor of Applied Science – Disability Studies Deakin University, Geelong
Bachelor of Arts – Disability Studies Deakin University, Geelong
Current bachelor degrees requiring individual accreditation
Graduates with the following degrees are required to submit an DEAI Individual Course Accreditation Application  in order to be considered for full membership.

Bachelor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics, AND have completed a Graduate Certificate in ‘Disability Studies’

Australian Catholic Universities

Bachelor of Health Sciences – Disability and Community Rehabilitation Major
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics, AND have completed a Graduate Certificate in ‘Disability Studies’

Flinders University, Adelaide

Bachelor Degree of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

University of Calgary, Canada

Bachelor of Health Sciences – Disability and Inclusion Major
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics, AND have completed a Graduate Certificate in ‘Disability Studies’

Deakin University, Melbourne

Discontinued bachelor degrees requiring individual accreditation
Graduates with the following degrees are required to submit an DEAI Individual Course Accreditation Application  in order to be considered for full membership.

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Rehabilitation Counselling) or (Habilitation)

Charles Sturt University, Sydney

Bachelor of Social Science (Habilitation)

Australian Catholic Universities

Accredited current master degrees
Graduates with the following degrees are eligible for automatic full membership.

Master of Disability Policy and  Practice Flinders  University, Adelaide
Accredited discontinued master degrees
Graduates with the following degrees are eligible to apply for automatic full membership.

Master of Disability Studies

Flinders University, Adelaide

Current master degrees requiring individual accreditation
Graduates with the following degrees are required to submit an DEAI Individual Course Accreditation Application  in order to be considered for full membership. The DEAI is in the process of exploring eligibility for automatic membership with relevant university departments.

Master of Human Services – Major Disability

Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics.

Griffith University, QLD

Master of Autism Studies
From Jan 2019 graduates are expected to have completed disability related topic content that extends beyond Autism specific content. Please email the Program Director, Master of Autism Studies, for criteria to align topic content with the required competencies, as listed in the Individual Course Accreditation Application.

Griffith University, Qld

Master of Autism
From Jan 2019 graduates are expected to have completed disability related topic content that extends beyond Autism specific content.

Wollongong University, NSW

Master of Health Science – Developmental Disability
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics.

University of Sydney

Master of Science (Disability Studies)
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics.

Deakin University, Geelong

 

Master of Disability and Inclusion (previously Master of Health  Science (Disability Studies)
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics.

Deakin University, Geelong

Master of Disability Studies – Disability Studies with a specialisation in Education: Vision Impairment
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics.

Macquarie University, NSW

Master of Disability Studies – Disability Studies with a specialisation in Education: (Deaf Hard of Hearing Specialisation)
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics.

Macquarie University, NSW

Master of Disability Studies – Disability Studies with a specialisation in Sensory Disability
Graduates are expected to have completed maximum number of available disability related topics.

Macquarie University, NSW

Master of Disability Practice

La Trobe University, Sydney

Discontinued master degrees requiring individual accreditation
Graduates with the following degrees are required to submit an DEAI Individual Course Accreditation Application  in order to be considered for full membership. 

Master of Disability Studies

University of Newcastle, NSW

Graduate certificates in disability studies
Where a relevant 3 year degree is required to be supplemented by a Graduate Certificate (see ‘Current bachelor degrees requiring individual accreditation’), the following post graduate qualifications may be considered. A Graduate Certificate on its own is not sufficient for full membership eligibility).

Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies is recognised by the DEAI as a pathway to professional membership through the Master of Disability Policy and Practice; completing the Graduate Certificate only does not provide professional membership with the DEAI.  Current Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies students are however encouraged to take out a student membership. 

Flinders University, Adelaide

Graduate Certificate in Disability Inclusion

Griffith University, QLD

Grad cert in Autism studies

Griffith University, QLD

Graduate Certificate in Disability

University of England, NSW

Graduate Certificate / Diploma of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Southern Cross University, Qld / NSW