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Master of Education


Program summary

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Build your expertise in education practice

It's imperative that professional educators continually extend their knowledge of educational issues to improve educational outcomes. Underpinned by a strong foundation in educational practice, this program will deepen your knowledge of key educational issues and grow your education research capabilities.

In this program you will:

  • Undertake a professional project in education or guided research in areas of individual and professional interest and build your expertise associated with a particular issue in education.
  • Enjoy a flexible, blended learning degree that includes face-to-face components supported by online lectures, tutorials and study notes. This program is designed to be undertaken in part-time mode to integrate with a busy lifestyle 
  • Learn from a team of dedicated experts who will guide and support you throughout your studies
  • Specialise in Steiner Education, Educational Leadership, Education Research or Advanced Education Studies. If you complete a specialisation, you can exit with a Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education or a Graduate Certificate in Education Research.

If you plan to later study the Doctor of Philosophy, you should complete the Education Research Specialisation within the Master of Education.

The Master of Education is aimed at educators currently working in the field and does not qualify graduates for teacher registration. It provides innovative knowledge in education to advance your career in early childhood, primary and secondary teaching, education administration, workplace training, vocational education.

Admission requirements

Candidates for the award of Master of Education are normally required to hold:

  • an appropriate 4-year bachelor degree (AQF Level 7 or equivalent) qualification in the education discipline from a recognised tertiary institution or equivalent, or
  • Graduate Certificate in Education (AQF Level 8 or equivalent), or similar qualification

Students that have a 3-year bachelor degree in the education discipline or a bachelor degree qualification in a discipline other than education, entry to the Master of Education can be through the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Education, or similar qualification. Students admitted to the program on the basis of completion of the Graduate Certificate in Education will not be eligible for credit.

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The recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students MUST follow their commencing structure and use this recommended study sequence to guide enrolment.

Program structure

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Study sequence

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Students are required to successfully complete 144 units in the Master of Education program structure
  • Please note this program is designed to be studied part-time
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Students admitted to the program with a completed Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (AQF Level 8) or Master of Teaching in Education (AQF Level 9) may be eligible to apply for up to 48 units of credit towards the Advanced Education Studies specialisation
  • Students admitted to the program on the basis of completion of the Graduate Certificate in Education will not be eligible for credit. Students will be required to select alternative elective courses at Masters level with Program Leader approval
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

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How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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