The Master of Education is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work on campus and in distance mode and may be completed without a named specialisation.
Students are required to complete 72 units for the Master of Education.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification.
Advanced Entry (1.5 years) applicants who have completed an approved degree or equivalent qualification in education, teaching or a closely related discipline may be eligible to complete a program of 54 units.
The Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The Master of Education provides candidates with opportunities to critically examine recent literature, engage in debate and reflection, and develop and apply in-depth knowledge of:
- traditions of thought and analysis used to discuss and illuminate matters of educational policy and practice
- theoretical and practical matters in education in such a way as to improve professional decision making
- the variety of Educational Research methods and their application
- local and global, social, cultural, political and economic perspectives and practices associated with the education of children, young people and adults
- curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, policies and practices designed to improve learning outcomes and well-being for students/clients
- methods for fostering interdisciplinary and intercultural partnerships and working collaboratively
- procedures for analysis, synthesis and reporting of qualitative and quantitative data.
It is expected that graduates will be able to:
- evaluate current literature in the field of education with an informed, critical perspective
- critically discuss and evaluate current theory and research in selected areas of educational policy and practice
- develop dispositions, cognitive skills, reflective awareness and creativity to facilitate the application of evidence-based knowledge, skills and capacities to educational practices
- synthesise knowledge gained from reading, discussion, and writing to generate conceptual frameworks that are used to evaluate educational research, policies and practices
- invoke contemporary evidence-based knowledge when assuming leadership roles in educational contexts
- advocate for and contribute to the generation of evidence-based educational policies and practices
- formulate research questions to investigate issues of interest and/or current concern in Education
- generate detailed proposals for educational research, including consideration of ethical research standards, methods and timelines
- undertake a substantial independent research project
- communicate findings from analysis and synthesis of reading and personal research using high standards of academic literacy.
Credit may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.
Program of study