Master of Education

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

If you are a trained teacher, the Master of Education offers advanced learning, in a dynamic climate of change and innovation. This program is designed to develop and support the careers of trained teachers who are teaching professionals, educational administrators, researchers and policymakers. You can choose to complete your course with units of study that suit your interests from our field offerings, including educational management and leadership, educational psychology, international education, special and inclusive education, sports coaching, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).



Designed for leaders and future leaders of education, it enhances your knowledge and practical skills and deepens your understanding of educational theory and research. We offer programs in both Semester One and Semester Two.

The course does not lead to a professional teaching qualification. If you're seeking a professional teaching qualification and hold a bachelor's degree in another discipline, please refer to the Master of Teaching.

Course outline

Candidates are required to complete a total of 48 credit points (cp), including: a minimum of 18 cp (3 units of study) of core/elective units from one specialisation within the Master of Education; a maximum of 12 cp (2 units of study) of capstone units. The balance consists of units from the Master of Education.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

A capstone unit is completed in the final semester of enrolment. It provides an opportunity to integrate ideas and understandings drawn from units of study taken in the course. The capstone is a compulsory requirement and is undertaken by completing a special project (6 credit points; 6000 words) or a dissertation (12 credit points; 12,000 words). Students who intend to undertake a higher degree by research (MPhil, PhD, EdD) in future should enrol in the dissertation (please note that entry requirements apply for this unit of study - consult your Course Coordinator for further details).

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Upon completion of the Master of Education, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to further their careers as teaching professionals, educational administrators, researchers and policy makers within specific areas of education practice. Students who hold a teaching qualification and complete eight units of study from the Special and Inclusive Education specialisation are recognised by the NSW Department of Education and Communities as a special education teacher. Students who successfully complete a dissertation as part of their program and receive an average mark of 75% or above may be eligible for entry to a higher degree by research.

Course accreditation

This course does not lead to professional recognition. Candidates who hold a teaching qualification and complete eight units of study from the Special and Inclusive Education specialisation are recognised by the NSW Department of Education and Communities as a special education teacher.

Further study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Faculty of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the Faculty, including the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Master of Philosophy in Education and Master of Education (Research).

Other study options

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/professional_learning/index.shtml to find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the Faculty. The Faculty of Education and Social Work is a Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature requires: (i) a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies, or professional experience equivalent to one year full-time in a field considered by the Faculty to be appropriate to the program of study; or (ii) a bachelor's degree and either the Graduate Diploma in Education or Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or (iii) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies in Education, or professional experience equivalent to two years full-time in a field considered by the Faculty to be appropriate to the program of study.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made online directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply (i) online directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.