The Master of Leadership in Education is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work on campus and in distance mode.
The Master of Leadership in Education focuses on working with aspiring, middle and senior leaders to understand how they might grow their leadership as change agents with knowledge and the relational sensibilities to work with others for a better world. It reflects the need to think about how traditional notions of leadership must change, to support leadership which recognises local and global contexts, judgement, and relationships as fundamental to the way forward.
The Master of Leadership in Education articulates with:
Applicants must normally hold a degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The Master of Leadership in Education requires that applicants have not less than two years work experience in an organisation.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
This course aims to:
- work with middle and senior leaders in a variety of contexts including schooling to understand how they might grow their leadership as change agents with knowledge and the relational sensibilities to work with others for a better world
- critically discuss how leaders build human capacity and relationships within particular contexts to work with diverse groups of people in challenging times, to support their wellbeing and that of the organisation
- engage middle and senior leaders who are students in the course in learning that integrates theory with practice, action with reflection, and questions with investigation
- provide students with the opportunity to examine research principles and methods and to apply those principles and methods in the evaluation and design of research into current educational issues .
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- integrate relevant knowledge and relational sensibilities in work efficacy in middle and senior leadership contexts
- critique the complex forces impacting on leadership in organisations for the purposes of negotiating and navigating outcomes.
- articulate a sound understanding of current challenging issues in leadership at state, national and international levels through debate, discussion and research
- justify contextual practices, priorities and strategies within the context of policy developments and enactment in education and human services
- evaluate, design and conduct research into current educational issues related to middle and senior leadership using sound research principles and methods
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Leadership in Education a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP, or better, in each topic, according to the program of study listed below.
Students are expected to discuss their chosen Education Research Pathway and option topics with the course coordinator. Students may complete a second minor with approval from the course coordinator. The final program of study must be approved by the course coordinator.
Upon completion of 18 units a student may choose to exit with one of the following awards, subject to meeting the program of study for that award:
The Dean (Education) may approve an alternative pattern or the inclusion of other topics from an appropriate Graduate Certificate or Masters program offered by the University or another institution.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Core - Year 1 topics
18 units comprising:
EDUC9606 Planning Change in Organisations (4.5 units)
EDUC9616 Leadership and Management in Education (4.5 units)
EDUC9719 Independent Research Study (4.5 units)
EDUC9761 Approaches to Research (4.5 units)
Minor - Year 1 topics
18 units of topics selected from one minor listed below1:
Core Option - Year 2 topics2
4.5 - 9 units of option topics selected from the list below:
EDUC9720 Directed Study in Education (4.5 units)
EDUC9722 Coursework Project in Education (Part 1) (4.5 units) and
EDUC9723 Coursework Project in Education (Part 2) (4.5 units)
Option and Minors - Year 2 topics
Plus 27 - 31.5 units selected from any combination of Option – Year 2 topics and topics available in the minors listed below:
Option – Year 2 topics
EDUC9136 Educational Policy, Politics and Practice (4.5 units)
EDUC9703 Postgraduate Education: Purposes and Practices (4.5 units)
Course Rule Notes
- The compulsory minor can be completed over multiple semesters. Students may elect to complete a second minor, or any combination of topics to complete the year 2 option and minors requirement. Topics may not be counted twice between minors. Core topics cannot be presented towards the requirements of a minor. Where an overlap exists, students should select an alternate or seek approval for an alternate from the Course Coordinator.
- Research options greater than 9 units comprising EDUC9719 Independent Research Study (4.5 units) plus EDUC9720 Directed Study in Education (4.5 units) are available with the approval of the course and topic coordinator and are subject to availability and eligibility criteria. Research options greater than 4.5 units are intended to be taken over a minimum of two consecutive semesters. A 9 unit Coursework Project (EDUC9722 & EDUC9723) may be taken in place of EDUC9720 and 4.5 units of option topics. An 18 unit research Dissertation( EDUC9724A, EDUC9724B, EDUC9724C & EDUC9724D - Dissertation in Education (18 units)) may be taken in place of EDUC9720 Directed Study plus 13.5 units of option topics or a Coursework Project (EDUC9722, EDUC9723) and 9 units of option topics.
- Students seeking entry to a Flinders University research higher degree on the basis of completion of this qualification are required to complete an 18-unit postgraduate research component.