Education

Coursework

The Master of Education is for leaders and future leaders in education in a dynamic climate of educational change and innovation. It is designed to develop and support the careers of teaching professionals, education administrators, researchers and policy makers.

The Master of Education program does not lead to a professional teaching qualification.

The Master of Education is a flexible program, allowing students to specialise in a number of different specialisations or, alternatively, graduate with a general Master of Education degree.

It is intended for trained teachers or those who wish to better understand educational theory and research.

Master of Education program with Specialisation

Students can choose to complete the Master of Education, Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies with a specialisation.

This means that candidates concentrate their studies in one of the designated areas within the program and graduate with the specialisation (in brackets) as part of their award name area.

To qualify for a Master of Education, Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, candidates need to complete the required number of core, elective and capstone units of study required for that specialisation. The units of study are specified under the specific specialisations.

The available specialisations are:

  • Educational Management and Leadership
  • Educational Psychology
  • Higher Education*
  • International Education
  • Leadership in Aboriginal Education
  • Special and Inclusive Education
  • Sports Coaching
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Taronga Conservation Education

* This specialisation is only offered at the Graduate Certificate level. Candidates completing this specialisation can progress to the Graduate Diploma or Master's degree; however will be awarded with no specialisation.

Master of Education program without specialisation

This approach is best suited to those students who have a broad range of interests and wish to select units of study from across the entire Master of Education program.

Awards and Requirements

Master of Education
To qualify for the award of Master of Education, candidates are required to complete a total of 48 credit points, including:

  • a minimum of 18 credit points from one specialisation, comprising:
    - a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study;
    - a minimum of 6 credit points of elective units of study; plus
  • a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study; and
  • a maximum of 24 credit points of elective units from any designation within the Master of Education program.

Students who intend on undertaking a higher degree by research (MPhil, PhD, Doctor of Education or Doctor of Social Work) in future should enrol in the Dissertation option (please note that entry requirements apply for this unit of study. Consult your Course Convenor for further details).

Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies
To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies, candidates are required to complete a total of 36 credit points, including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study from one specialisation; and
  • a maximum of 24 credit points may be chosen from any specialisation within the Master of Education program.

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, candidates are required to complete a total of 24 credit points including:

  • a maximum of 24 credit points may be chosen from any specialisation within the Master of Education program.