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 accredited and 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.
The following areas of Bachelor Degree or Masters qualification are NOT recognised by DEAI without further study in Disability Studies:
- Special Education
- Behavioural Science
- Applied Behavioural Analysis
Please refer carefully to the information below for further details:
Recognised Qualifications and Accreditation
Listing of DEAI recognised disability studies degrees:
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 $160 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.
If you are looking to commence study of a disability studies degree you can use the competencies listed in the Individual Course Accreditation Application to assist with aligning topics with the competencies.
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Professional Accreditation for University Disability Studies Degrees
The DEAI has developed a Professional Accreditation Manual for University Disability Studies Degrees, which comprises two sets of standards:
- Standards for Developmental Education Practice
- 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.
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