What will I study?


Over the course of the degree, you will develop a strong foundation in education theory whilst being given the tools to apply these learnings in a practical way. This focus on real-world application will assist with progression in your role or promotion to positions of leadership and management in the education field.

Taught by internationally-recognised researchers and education leaders, through the course you will connect with the latest developments and research in the field, and gain the expertise to move beyond the classroom to explore system-level issues and challenges.

Study Structure

The flexible structure of the Master of Education, with a range of electives and specialisations, will allow you to qualify in your particular area of interest. Entry points to the course are in both semester 1 and 2, designed to suit most schedules. There are different offerings which you can take to complete the Master of Education, depending on your professional experience. For flexibility around professional or family commitments, we also offer the Master of Education on a part-time or full-time basis.

Standard program:
  • This is the standard offering for those without a teaching qualification or experience
  • 200 points of coursework
  • Year 1: 4 x compulsory subjects and 4 x specialisation subjects/electives. Students must complete the 4 compulsory subjects first in semester 1, before their specialisation subjects or electives.
  • Year 2: 6 x electives/specialisation subjects and 1 x capstone professional project subject
  • Students in the full program may complete more than one specialisation.
Fast-track program:
  • Students who are qualified teachers or those who have an education degree can apply for this fast-tracked version of the course
  • 100 points of coursework with advanced standing
  • Year 2: 4 x core specialisation subjects, 2 x compulsory subjects and 2 x electives.

To specialise in a particular area, you must successfully complete each of the four specialisation core subjects. Students in the full program may complete more than one specialisation. However, if you wish to complete a general Master of Education without a specialisation, you may choose subjects from across the range of elective and specialisation subjects.

Research pathway:
  • This pathway is designed for students intending to pursue further research, such as a PhD.
  • The two research pathway subjects must be undertaken in the final semester of the course, and the following eligibility criteria must be met to enrol in the subjects:
    • Students in the 200-point program must achieve an average of at least H2A (75%) in the first 150 points of the course;
    • Students in the 100-point program must achieve an average of at least H2A (75%) in their first 50 points of their course.

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How will I study?

The Master of Education has been designed around the lives of working professionals. The delivery mode of our course is face-to-face classes on the Parkville campus, running evenings and weekends.

University Handbook: Master of Education

Please note: slight changes to the subjects detailed below will be released in November 2020 for the 2021 start year.

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