Be the master of your own destiny.
This program is fast becoming a must to stay at the top of your field.
Our Master of Education is a flexible degree that provides professional educators with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge within the field of education and grow their education research capabilities. The program is distinguished by its strong foundation in educational practice, offering a professional project in education or guided research in areas of individual and professional interest.
The program is delivered by a team of dedicated experts and is offered face to face on campus, online from anywhere or a combination of these two modes of study. You can undertake specialisations for those seeking credentials in Curriculum Leadership, TESOL, Steiner Education*, Health Education, Educational Leadership and Education Research. You may choose to exit the Master’s program after completing four courses, and may be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education or a Graduate Certificate in Education Research. If you wish to meet the requirements to proceed at a later stage to the Doctor of Philosophy program, 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 does provide innovative knowledge in education to advance your career in early childhood, primary and secondary teaching, education administration, workplace training, vocational education, nurse, paramedics and police education.
Candidates for the award of Master of Education are normally required to hold:
- an appropriate 4-year bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) qualification in the education discipline from a recognised tertiary institution
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.
Application and admission advice
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Compelling research on the tremendous value to school children of learning more than one language will be presented at a public lecture at USC on Tuesday 4 November.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Required courses (5)
EDU709 Education Research an Introduction
EDU753 Designing an Education Research Proposal
EDU757A Professional Education Project* (0 units)
EDU757F Professional Education Project* (24 units)
EDU758 Communicating Education Project Outcomes
* Note: not required if selecting the Education Research Specialisation - replace with 24 units of postgraduate electives. Semester of offer subject to change.
Elective courses (7)
Select 7 courses from:
EDU700 Professional Learning
EDU702 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
EDU704 Pedagogies for Engagement
EDU705 Leadership for Learning Communities
EDU708 Assessment: Principles and Practices
EDU711 Contemporary Issues in Education
EDU730 Second Language Acquisition and Learning
EDU732 Second Language Teaching Methodologies
EDU734 Interlanguage Phonology
EDU735 Language, Culture and Second Language Learning
EDU750 Research Methods in Education
EDU781 Contemporary Issues in Steiner Education
EDU782 The Art of Steiner Education
EDU783 Steiner Curriculum Development and Evaluation
EDU784 Assessment Principles and Practice in Steiner Education**
MGT701 Managing Organisations
MGT702 Managing People
PUB702 Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation
PUB703 Health Promotion Principles
PUB705 Health Promotion Needs Assessment and Planning
PUB707 Public Health Foundations
1 postgraduate level elective course from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering)
** Note: not available until 2018
The elective courses can be used to complete a specialisation in one of the following areas:
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 144
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Students are required to successfully complete 144 units in the Master of Education program structure
- Students admitted to the program with a completed Graduate Diploma in Education (AQF Level 8) are eligible for 48 units of block credit against elective courses within the program
- 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
- Steiner specialisation only available to be completed part time on campus and not available to International students on a Student Visa
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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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 your courses.
Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.