Master of Education

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

The Master of Education by coursework 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, or specialise in your chosen field from our offerings in educational management and leadership, educational psychology, international education, special and inclusive education, sports coaching, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). 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


The Master of Education may be undertaken with or without a specialisation. To qualify for the degree with a specialisation, candidates are required to complete a total of 48 credit points (cp), including: a minimum of 30 cp (5 units of study) from one specialisation, including prescribed core and elective units; and a minimum of 6 cp of capstone units. To qualify for the degree without a specialisation, candidates are required to complete a total of 48 credit points (cp), including: 18 cp (3 units of study) from one specialisation, including a minimum of 12 cp of core units; and a minimum of 6 cp of capstone units. The balance consists of units from other specialisation programs within the Faculty.


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, or professional experience equivalent to two years full-time in a field considered by the Faculty to be appropriate to the program of study.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made online directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for Semester 1 (March) close on the last working day of November. On-time applications for Semester 2 (July) close on the last working day in June.

International students

How to apply

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

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.