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Master of Education

A master’s degree designed to extend your knowledge of educational issues, deepen your professional expertise, providing skills needed to create a research-informed future for the education sector.

In this program you will:

  • Work under USC’s highly trained staff to translate your ideas into a research project
  • Specialise in Steiner Education, Educational Leadership, Education Research or Advanced Education Studies
  • Have the flexibility to study online or on campus, with online learning materials designed to integrate into your busy lifestyle


Significant savings available for this program

All eligible domestic applicants will receive a guaranteed Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), reducing the program cost to you significantly.



3 years 3 years Part-time only Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Part-time only Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$2,222 / A$10,200 - 2024 Fees CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying
A$27,400 / A$41,100 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 1

Career opportunities

  • Academic
  • Education advisor
  • Head of Department
  • School or program leader

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
  • Online
Total courses
Total units
3 years 3 years
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (2) 48 units

EDN701 Researching Education(24 units)
EDN704 Communicating Education Research Outcomes(24 units)

Required research courses (2) 48 units

EDN702 Designing Research(24 units)
EDN703 Education Research Project(24 units)

PLUS select 1 specialisation (48 units) from:

Education Research
Steiner Education 
Educational Leadership
Advanced Education Studies

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.

Study sequences

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

  • a 4-year bachelor degree (AQF Level 7 or equivalent) qualification from a recognised tertiary institution or equivalent in the education discipline, 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.

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.
  • Note: The Master of Education is a postgraduate qualification designed for educators currently working in the field. It does not qualify graduates for teacher registration. Online study requires students to virtually attend weekly live tutorial sessions, generally held after 5pm AEST during teaching periods.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Master of Education and Graduate Certificates in Education - Inherent Academic requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate
A$10,200 - 2024 Fees
Annual tuition fee (A$, 2024)
Estimated total tuition fee (A$, 2024)

Postgraduate coursework places

All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.

Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

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