Full membership of the DEAI is open to applicants holding a tertiary degree level qualification (Bachelor or Master) in Disability 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.
Please refer carefully to the information below for further details:
Recognised Qualifications and Accreditation
Listing of DEAI recognised disability studies degrees:
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.
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 in disability studies or a related sociological field, from a tertiary institution that has not yet been accredited by the 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.
Please contact DEAI to discuss making and Individual Accreditation application firstname.lastname@example.org
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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