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 (full-time mode is also available)
- Learn from a team of dedicated experts who will guide and support you throughout your studies
- Specialise in Steiner Education, Educational Leadership and Education Research. 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 does provide innovative knowledge in education to advance your career in early childhood, primary and secondary teaching, education administration, workplace training, vocational education.
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.
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
+61 7 5430 2890
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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 (4) 144 units
Elective courses (48 units)
Select 48 units of elective courses from:
ACC701 Accounting for Managers
BUS702 Economics for Managers
EDN705 Education Research Theories and Methodologies (24 units)
EDU700 Professional Learning
EDU705 Leadership for Learning Communities
EDU712 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU715 Literacy and Numeracy across the Curriculum
EDU716 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Teaching and Learning
EDU717 Using Data for Learning
EDU719 Teacher as Global Practitioner
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 Leading and Managing Organisations
MGT702 Leading People
MGT703 Strategic Management
MGT712 Corporate Governance, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
MGT730 Leveraging Innovation, Design and Creativity
MKG701 Marketing Management
PRM701 Project Management Principles
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
- Please note this program is designed to be studied part-time
- 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 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
- 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?
- 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
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).
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.
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 dateas.