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Master of Education

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Overview

If you are a trained teacher, the Master of Education offers advanced learning, in a dynamic climate of change and innovation. Designed for leaders and future leaders of education, it enhances your knowledge and practical skills and deepens your understanding of educational theory and research.

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).

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.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

To qualify for the Master of Education you must complete to complete 48 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 18 credit points of core/elective units from one specialisation within the Master of Education; and
  • a maximum of 12 credit points of capstone units of study.

The balance consists of units from the Master of Education.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

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.

You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

A capstone unit is completed in your final semester of enrolment. It provides an opportunity for you 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 or a dissertation with an upper limit of 12,000 words.

If you intend to undertake a higher degree by research (MPhil, PhD, Doctor of Education or Doctor of Social Work) in future, you should enrol in the dissertation. Please note that entry requirements apply for this unit of study - consult your Course Coordinator for further details.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature requires:

  • 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 School to be appropriate to the program of study; or
  • a bachelor's degree and either the Diploma in Education or Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • 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 School to be appropriate to the program of study.

Professional 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.

Graduate opportunities

Upon completion of the Master of Education, you will have the skills and knowledge to further your career as a teaching professional, educational administrator, researcher and/or policy maker within specific areas of education practice.

If you hold a teaching qualification and complete eight units of study from the Special and Inclusive Education specialisation, you will be recognised by the NSW Department of Education and Communities as a special education teacher.

If you successfully complete a dissertation as part of your program and receive an average mark of 75% or above, you may be eligible for entry to a higher degree by research.

Future study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Sydney School 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 School, including the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Master of Philosophy in Education and Master of Education (Research).

Professional development

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities.

Find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the School.

The Sydney School 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.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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 increase


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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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 costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

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