Full membership of DEAI is open to applicants holding a tertiary degree level qualification (bachelor’s or master’s) in Disability Studies or equivalent as accredited and approved by DEAI.
Full Members meet the Developmental Educator Core Competencies. Members agree to abide by the Code of Ethics and Practice for Developmental Educators (including the DEAI Social Media Guideline) and DEAI Constitution.
Please refer carefully to the information below for further details and refer to the membership eligibility FAQs:
Full Membership $160
A person who holds a tertiary degree in disability studies 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. Full membership is the accreditation required to practice as a Developmental Educator.
Associate Membership $49
A person who possesses a qualification recognised by 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 DEAI. Associate membership is a non-voting category and does not provide accreditation to practice as a Developmental Educator.
Associate Member (Student) $49
A person who is a student in a relevant tertiary degree program as approved by DEAI. This category of membership is non-voting and non-practicing.
Recognised Qualifications and Accreditation
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 DEAI is available to applicants who have graduated from a tertiary degree in disability studies (bachelor’s or master’s).
Listing of DEAI accredited disability studies degrees:
The Individual Course Accreditation Application is relevant for applicants who hold a qualification in disability studies or a related sociological field, from a tertiary institution that has not yet been accredited by DEAI as offering an approved degree, eligible for full membership. Degrees eligible for the Individual Accreditation process are listed below.
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.
If you have studied one of these degrees please contact DEAI to discuss making and Individual Accreditation application email@example.com
There are many Graduate Certificates in Disability Studies (and related fields such as Autism Studies and Positive Behaviour Support), on offer from Australian universities. Graduate Certificates are designed to enhance knowledge at a post graduate level and provide possible pathways for further study. A Graduate Certificate alone does NOT meet the requirements for Full Membership of DEAI. Full membership is only available to those who have completed a degree or masters level qualification in disability studies as outlined above.
Professional Accreditation for University Disability Studies Degrees
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 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 DEAI (hence avoiding the Individual Accreditation process and fee). To enquire about accrediting a degree program please contact deputychair(@)deai.com.au