The Master of Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work on campus and in distance mode.
This course offers students insights and strategies to understand and improve the wellbeing and positive mental health of participants and stakeholders in educational contexts. The approach of this course is a blend of theoretical, research, applied knowledges and skills that are applicable to a wide range of settings. This course aims to equip teachers, educators and leaders in schools, the community, workplaces, universities and training institutions to specialise and take leadership in promoting wellbeing and positive mental health.
It provides opportunities for students to enhance their cognitive skills, reflective awareness and creativity to facilitate the application of evidence-based knowledge, skills and capacities to the promotion of wellbeing and positive mental health in educational contexts.
The Master of Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education
Applicants must normally hold a degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course aims to:
- 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 related to wellbeing and positive mental health
- combine the study of research design and methods, evaluation and assessment with a principal focus on key contemporary educational policy issues
- enable graduates to use quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research designs in educational policy research and program evaluation.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- critically discuss and evaluate current theory and research in wellbeing and positive mental health educational policies and practices
- examine recent writing in wellbeing and positive mental health education from an informed critical perspective
- determine the narrative and professional approach within the traditions that inform contemporary research design
- transform knowledge gained from reading, discussion and writing in wellbeing and positive mental health education into research practice
- generate research proposals for the investigation of current educational issues in wellbeing and positive mental health education, while applying research principles and methods
- support informed construction of educational policy, whether local, national or global in relation to wellbeing and positive mental health education
- integrate research principles and methods in the evaluation and design, and conduct of research into current educational issues related to wellbeing and positive mental health education
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health 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.
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:
Students are expected to discuss their option topics with the coordinator. The final program of study must be approved by the coordinator.
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
Core - Year 1 topics
13.5 units comprising:
EDUC9606 Planning Change in Organisations (4.5 units)
EDUC9702 Teaching and learning to promote wellbeing and positive mental health in schools and early childhood services (4.5 units)
EDUC9761 Approaches to Research (4.5 units)
Options and Minors - Year 1 topics
9 units selected from Option – Year 1 and 2 list,
13.5 units selected from any combination of Option – Year 1 and 2 list, and/or topics available in the minors listed below1:
Core - Year 2 Topics
4.5 units comprising:
EDUC9719 Independent Research Study (4.5 units)
Option and Minors - Year 2 topics
9 units selected from Option – Year 1 and 2 list,
22.5 units selected from any combination of Option – Year 1 and 2 list, and/or topics available in the minors listed below1:
Option – Year 1 and 2 topics
EDUC8731 Motivation, Cognition and Metacognition in Learning (4.5 units)
EDUC9136 Educational Policy, Politics and Practice (4.5 units)
EDUC9531 Current Perspectives in Early Intervention (4.5 units)
EDUC9552 Collaborative Consultation (4.5 units)
EDUC9703 Postgraduate Education: Purposes and Practices (4.5 units)
EDUC9709 Mindfulness and the Inner World of Teaching and Learning (4.5 units)
EDUC9845 Creating Calmer Classrooms: A Trauma Sensitive Approach (4.5 units)
EDUC9852 Ethics in Education (4.5 units)
MHSC8020 Theory and Models of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (4.5 units)
MHSC8032 Building Resilience with Young People (4.5 units)
PHCA9501 Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing (4.5 units)
SOAD8006 Interventions with Children and Young People (4.5 units)
Course Rule Notes
- Students may choose to complete one or two minors or any combination of topics from the option list and minors available to complete the total option and minors requirement.
- Research options greater than 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. 18 unit research dissertation topics (EDUC9724A, EDUC9724B, EDUC9724C & EDUC9724D - Dissertation in Education (18 units)) may be taken in place of, or in addition to EDUC9719 Independent Research Study, and 13.5 or 18 units option year 1 and 2 or minor 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 and EDUC9761 Approaches to Research (4.5 units).