Master of Education
(Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma)
The Faculty of Education and Social Work's Master of Education (MEd) is one of the largest postgraduate coursework programs of its kind in Australia, and is designed to develop and support the careers of teaching professionals, education administrators, researchers and policy makers. It does not lead to a professional teaching qualification. Applicants interested in a graduate-level teaching qualification should consult the Master of Teaching pages.
The MEd is a flexible program, allowing students to specialise in one of six designations or, alternatively, graduate with a general Master of Education degree.
Because the MEd is a fully articulated program, each designation offered at master's level can also be taken at the shorter graduate certificate and graduate diploma levels. The graduate certificate consists of four units of study; the graduate diploma six; and the master's eight.
Graduate certificate and graduate diploma students receive full credit for the units they have completed if they choose to subsequently enrol in a master's program.
Why choose the University of Sydney?
The faculty offers approximately 70 units of study in its postgraduate coursework programs, making it one of the largest graduate programs in Australia.
Courses are taught by staff who are active researchers in their fields and who ensure that the contents of units of study reflect the latest theory and research in the area. Staff members have extensive experience in teaching and make use of a variety of teaching techniques to ensure student engagement and understanding.
A common pattern in units of study is for the lecturer to introduce key concepts in a scaffolded manner through journal readings, collaborative and individual student activities, and lecturer exposition during the first half of the semester. In the second half of the semester students take responsibility for the presentation of seminar papers on topics chosen from the unit outline.
Proof of English-language proficiency must be provided by certain domestic and all international students for whom English is a second language.
With the exception of the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Sports Coaching) and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program, applicants to all levels of the articulated certificate/diploma/master's course must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- a Bachelor of Education 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
- a bachelor's degree and either the Bachelor of Teaching, Master of Teaching or Graduate Diploma in Education or equivalent qualification; or
- a bachelor’s degree 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.
Applicants with experience or qualifications in related fields who believe they may meet the entry requirements should make an enquiry to discuss their eligibility.
Applicants to the Sports Coaching designation must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification and either the completion of relevant postgraduate studies or a minimum of two years’ coaching/sporting experience at an elite level; or
- Level 2 National Coaching Accreditation Scheme accreditation or equivalent and either the completion of relevant postgraduate studies or a minimum of four years’ coaching/sporting experience at an elite level.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Applicants to the TESOL designation must satisfy one of the following criteria:
- a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification and either a postgraduate English language teaching qualification or at least two years’ full-time English language teaching experience; or
- a bachelor’s degree in English language teaching or equivalent qualification and at least one year’s full-time English language teaching experience.
The MEd articulated program is offered in two forms – generalist and specialist.
Candidates who are interested in undertaking diverse coursework can qualify with a general award at any of the three levels. As well, applicants who have already qualified for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) may enter the general graduate diploma or master's programs.
Except for GradCertEdStud(Higher Education) holders, all candidates complete three units of study from one specialist area (usually two core units and one elective) and select the balance of units required for their certificate, diploma or master's from the entire range of postgraduate units offered by the faculty.
GradCertEdStud(Higher Education) candidates must complete two units for a generalist Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies and four units for a generalist Master of Education.
Specialist GradCert, GradDip and MEd
The 'specialist' or 'designated' coursework program allows students to specialise in a particular area, graduating with an award that indicates their area of specialisation. Units of study are prescribed for these courses and are divided into core and electives. A specific number of core units, which varies according to the designation chosen, must be completed by candidates for each level of award.
The following specialties are being offered in 2015:
- Educational Management and Leadership
- Educational Psychology
- International Education
- Special and Inclusive Education
- Sports Coaching
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Students who complete the Master of Education with sufficient merit may apply to proceed to a higher degree by research.
Tuition fees vary according to candidates' citizenship and are reviewed annually. The most up-to-date estimate for MEd course fees can be found under Fees & Admissions for the Master of Education in the Sydney Courses database. Comprehensive information about payment of international fees is available from the International Student Office fee-payment page.