Master of Education

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM151
CRICOS 073131G

Contribute your way in education

The Master of Education is designed for school leaders, teachers, educational consultants and professionals working in the education sector seeking to expand their expertise 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.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to pursue a rewarding education career outside of the school classroom. 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.

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

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.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM151
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

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

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 073131G
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,000

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    This program does not constitute the requirements for a recognised teaching qualification. Students looking to become teachers will need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Education, prior to entering the Masters.

    Potential careers

    Manager / Business Management, Teacher

  • 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

    Indicative Study Plan
    Core courses All students must complete core courses to the value of 30 units comprising:

    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 Introduction to Education Research (3 units)

    Except students granted 24 units of advance standing who must complete core courses to the value of 9 units comprising:

    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 must be completed:
    EDUC 7560 Instructional Leadership (3 units)
    EDUC 7066 Leading Self and Others (3 units)
    EDUC 7068 Leading Positive Change (3 units)
    EDUC 7067 Leading Wellbeing (3 units)
    MANAGEMT 7087 Managing Contemporary Organisations (3 units)

    Wellbeing
    All of the following courses must be completed:
    EDUC 7071 Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education (3 units)
    and
    Courses to the value of 9 units from the following: 
    EDUC 7018 Neuroscience and Education (3 units)
    EDUC 7072 Wellbeing for Educators (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 7066 Contemporary Issues in Educational Entrepreneurship (3 units)
    ENTREP 7020 Design Thinking (3 units)
    ENTREP 7022 Creativity and Innovation (3 units)
    ENTREP 7900 eChallenge (3 units)
    or
    ENTREP 7901 Tech eChallenge (3 units)

    Research
    Courses to the value of 12 units from the following:
    EDUC 7020 Approaches to Qualitative Research (3 units)
    EDUC 7021 Approaches to Quantitative Methods (3 units)
    EDUC 7033A Education Dissertation Part 1* (6 units)
    EDUC 7033B Education Dissertation Part 2* (6 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. Students 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 to the value of 6 units from:

    EDUC 7008 Indigenous Education (3 units)
    EDUC 7016 Multicultural Society and Educational Policy (3 units)
    or 
    courses in the program’s six specialisations  
    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.

    Assessment

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

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2019