Master of Education

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    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR
  • Duration

    2 years full-time
    or part-time equiv.
  • Start Dates

    February and July.

    Please note that for the February intake, classes for Introduction to Wellbeing in Education (EDUC 7064), English Language Teaching Methodology (EDUC 7421), and Quantitative Approaches to Research (EDUC 7021) commence on Friday, 28 February 2020, during O'Week.

Contribute your way in education

The Master of Education is designed for professionals working in the education industry including school leaders, teachers, educational consultants and trainers or students wishing to pursue a non-school-based teaching career. It is also suitable to study as preparation to teach in the higher education environment, or to develop your research capacity and transition into educational research and lead educational change.

This flexible degree focuses on six specialisations and electives to meet your professional learning needs. 

What will you do?

We offer six areas of specialisation:

  • Educational Leadership and Innovation - study leadership and management theory in depth and consider how it can be applied to lead educational change.
  • Wellbeing - examine evidence-based approaches to wellbeing support—a key knowledge area for all educators.
  • Entrepreneurship Education - explore entrepreneurship and innovation and its impact on education, schools and systems.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education - investigate issues, opportunities and student engagement in STEM areas.
  • English Language Teaching (ELT/TESOL) - learn the latest strategies for effective English Language Teaching
  • Research - strengthen your educational research skills and understandings, with opportunities to go on to a PhD.

Flexible study options
Learn flexibly and at your own pace with classes offered in a range of convenient ways, including face-to-face and via online learning, workshops and intensives. The Master of Education is offered in a blended mode with a combination of online and face-to-face courses.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to pursue a rewarding non-school-based education career. You could revolutionise the field with a new approach to assessment or integrated curriculums. You might want to teach English to adults or work in higher education. Perhaps you’ll be an education consultant or transition into research and publish your own book.

If you've already completed a teaching qualification and worked as a teacher in Australia for two years, you may be granted up to 24 units of credit.

Note: This degree does not provide a recognised qualification for teaching in schools. For this pathway, see our Master of Teaching.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM151
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July.

Please note that for the February intake, classes for Introduction to Wellbeing in Education (EDUC 7064), English Language Teaching Methodology (EDUC 7421), and Quantitative Approaches to Research (EDUC 7021) commence on Friday, 28 February 2020, during O'Week.

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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Successful completion of a Bachelors degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM151

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

This degree provides advanced career options for educators and allows experienced teachers to enhance their existing qualifications to pursue senior policy and consulting roles. It gives trainers across various industries the ability to teach in higher education, including the TAFE and university sectors, and work as education consultants.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

This program does not constitute the requirements for a recognised teaching qualification. 

Potential careers

Policy Adviser, Policy Developer, Manager / Business Management

Degree Structure

To qualify for the degree of Master of Education, applicants without an existing teaching qualification must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units comprising: 

1.    Core courses to the value of 30 units
2.    Specialisation courses to the value of 12 units
3.    Elective course to the value of 6 units.

To qualify for the degree of Master of Education, applicants with an existing teaching qualification (Australian recognised B.Ed, G.DipEd or equivalent), two years of teaching practice and have subsequently been granted up to 24 units of advanced standing must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units comprising: 

1.    Core courses to the value of 9 units
2.    Specialisation courses to the value of 12 units
3.    Elective course to the value of 3 units.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available from the Faculty of Arts website.

2020 Indicative Study Plan:


Core Courses All students must complete core courses to the value of 30 units comprising of:

EDUC 7013 Educational Leadership in Diverse Contexts (3 units)

EDUC 7031 Education Major Project* (6 units)

EDUC 7550 Education Policies and Systems (3 units)

EDUC 7551 Curriculum Development and Innovation (3 units)

EDUC 7552 Pedagogical Engagement for Learning (3 units)

EDUC 7553 Assessment and Evaluation (3 units)

EDUC 7054 Research Design (3 units)

EDUC 7064 Introduction to Wellbeing in Education (3 units)

EDUC 7065 Mixed Methods Research (3 units)

Except students granted 24 units of advance standing who must complete core courses to the value of units comprising of:

EDUC 7054 Research Design (3 units)

EDUC 7031 Education Major Project* (6 units)

* Students intending to pursue Higher Degree by Research (PhD, MPhil) should follow the Research specialisation stream and complete a 12 unit dissertation in lieu of EDUC 7031 Education Major Project
Specialisations

All students must complete one of the following six Specialisations:

Educational Leadership and Innovation

Courses to the value of 12 units from the following courses must be completed:

EDUC 7060 Mentoring for Teachers

EDUC 7066 Leading Self and Others (3 units)

EDUC 7068 Leading Positive Change (3 units)

EDUC 7067OL Leading Wellbeing (3 units)

EDUC 7018 Neuroscience and Education
 

Wellbeing

All of the following courses must be completed:

EDUC 7071 Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education (3 units)

 
Courses to the value of 9 units from the following:

EDUC 7018 Neuroscience and Education (3 units)

EDUC 7060 Mentoring for Teachers

EDUC 7066 Leading Self and Others (3 units)

EDUC 7068 Leading Positive Change (3 units)

EDUC 7067 Leading Wellbeing (3 units)

 
Entrepreneurship Education

All of the following courses must be completed:

EDUC 7069 Contemporary Issues in Educational Entrepreneurship (3 units)

EDUC 7066 Leading Self and Others (3 units)

ENTREP 7020 Design Thinking (3 units)

ENTREP 7022 Creativity and Innovation (3 units)

ENTREP 7900 eChallenge (3 units)

 
Research

 

All of the following courses must be completed:

EDUC 7033A Education Dissertation Part 1* (6 units)

EDUC 7033B Education Dissertation Part 2* (6 units)


Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

EDUC 7020 Qualitative Approaches to Research (3 units)

EDUC 7021 Quantitative Approaches to Research (3 units) 

EDUC 7055 Research Communication (3 units)

* Students intending to pursue Higher Degree by Research should complete a 12 unit dissertation (EDUC 7033A Education Dissertation Part 1 and EDUC 7033B Education Dissertation Part B) in lieu of the core course EDUC 7031 Education Major Project. Student must also complete an additional 6 units from this Research specialisation
 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

All of the following courses must be completed:

EDUC 7070 Contemporary Issues in STEM Education (3 units)

EDUC 7063 Online Learning (3 units)

ENTREP 7901 Tech eChallenge (3 units)

SCIENCE 7020 Communicating Science (3 units)

 
English Language Teaching (ELT)

All of the following courses must be completed:

EDUC 7418 Language Analysis for English Language Teachers (3 units)

EDUC 7419 Intercultural competencies in English Language Teaching (3 units)

EDUC 7420 English Language Teaching in Practice (3 units)

EDUC 7421 English Language Teaching Methodology (3 units)

Electives
Students must complete electives up to the value of 6 units from:


EDUC 7016 Multicultural Society and Education Policy (3 units)

EDUC 7018 Neuroscience and Education      

EDUC 7063 Online Learning

or

Courses listed in specialisations other than the one being studied.


or

Other postgraduate coursework courses deemed by the Faculty to be appropriate in Education including Mathematics, Science, Information Technology, Languages, History, Geography, Psychology, English, ESL, Music and Business

 

 

Courses in the Master of Education are delivered as face-to-face, blended intensives - a combination of face-to-face and online study and fully remote courses.


Assessment

Seminar participation, reports, essays, research project, book reviews and examinations.

Further Study

Testimonial

In the my degree I enjoy that I can shape what I am learning to assist in my current roles as a Head of Preparatory School. The two modules I have undertaken have increased my professional knowledge and reignited my desire to learn more and improve how I lead my school.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 16 Dec 2020