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Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Master of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)) (MEDCorMEDF) - MEd

CRICOS code (International applicants): 095996J

Programs at USQ regularly undergo a comprehensive re-accreditation process to assure their relevance and quality. This program is currently being re-accredited and, as a consequence, is likely to undergo some changes. Full details will be made available when it is approved. If you have any questions, please contact us.
The CRICOS code can only be used when applying for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) specialisation within this program.

 On-campusOnline*
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 1.5 years full-time (dependent on availability of courses), up to 6 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Graduate Certificate of Education. and/or ; Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP))

Notes

Specialisations can be either Commonwealth Supported Place or Full Fee Paying. Students who are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place will be charged full-fee.
Online mode of study is supported through the USQ Study Desk.
This program does not qualify students for teacher registration with relevant teaching authorities. To qualify for teacher registration in Queensland, please refer to the Master of Learning and Teaching
On successful completion of the Master of Education, students may be eligible for entry into the Doctor of Education or the Doctor of Philosophy, provided necessary entry requirements are met.

Footnotes
*Not all courses are available in every mode in every semester or year. Students are advised to check the course and mode offer listings for each semester/year.

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Program aims

Within our suite of postgraduate studies, the Master of Education is a coursework program designed for diverse professional contexts and offering a possible pathway into doctoral studies. The program will enable you to extend and master your professional knowledge and understanding of the latest developments in national and global educational issues. You will develop your ability to evaluate and critically reflect on evidence-based practice whilst enhancing your research skills. You will contextualise theory and practice in community, professional and workplace contexts while critically reflecting on current educational practices with a view to effecting change. This program offers flexible, cross-disciplinary, specialisation and elective options that enable you to tailor your learning to enhance and advance your career opportunities.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Synthesise and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge to contemporary and emerging educational issues, ideas, policies and debates with regard to professional practice.

  2. Analyse and evaluate complex educational contexts to critically reflect on cultural norms and practices in educational settings nationally and globally.

  3. Communicate effectively in academic, professional and community contexts through multiple modes.

  4. Communicate ways of working respectfully and collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and communities.

  5. Develop creative and effective ways to implement contextually relevant educational innovation.

  6. Design and conduct ethical research responsive to educational theories, practices and contexts.


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university three year Bachelor degree, or equivalent (AQF Level 7), in an education related discipline, from a recognised institution.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


For applicants who have a Bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a non-related discipline from a recognised institution, USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Education provides a pathway into the Master of Education. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they will be eligible for entry into the Master of Education.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Master of Education is a 12-unit program. These guidelines shape the program structure:

  • With the exception of the general pathway, four required courses from the recommended enrolment pattern of the selected specialisation must be completed before enrolling in any research courses

  • Three research courses must be taken (which equates to four units of work)

  • Four courses from the recommended enrolment pattern of the selected specialisation.

  • To be eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students must normally:

    • successfully complete the program with an overall GPA of 5.0 and

    • achieve a GPA of 5.75 for the four unit Research Specialisation


  • Students who enter the Doctor of Philosophy program from the Research Specialisation in the Master of Education program will normally be required to complete two units of research methods and the two-unit confirmation of candidature course in the Doctor of Philosophy program.

  • Students who successfully complete the Master of Education and who are not eligible for entry into the Doctor of Philosophy should check their eligibility for entry into the Doctor of Education.


  On-campus  Online  Requirement  Comment 
Research Specialisation^ 
EDR8802 Educational Evaluation  1, 2, 3  1, 2, 3  Pre-requisite: The pre-requisite studies for EDR8802 in the Research Specialisation are completion of four (4) units taken from the recommended enrolment pattern of the selected specialisation.   
EDR8801 Foundations of Research in Education  1, 2, 3  Pre-requisite: EDR8802    
EDR8061 Master of Education Project 2  1, 2  1, 2, 3  The two pre-requisite/co-requisite studies for EDR8061 vary according to the research pathway followed** and include (EDR8801 and EDR8802)   This is a 2 unit course 

Footnotes
^Students who complete the Research Specialisation as part of their program with EDR8061 Master of Education Project 2 will be eligible to apply for entry to the PhD program subject to achieving a minimum GPA of 5.75 in the four research units and meeting other PhD entry requirements.
**check handbook for alternative research pathways

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Required time limits

Subject to the availability of the required courses, full-time enrolment normally requires 1.5 years of study. Part-time enrolment may be extended to 6 years of study.

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Core courses

All specialisations as well as the general pathway have required courses or sequences of courses. Students are advised to note carefully the enrolment requirements for the specialisation and to ensure that they plan their enrolment to allow for completion of the specialisation requirements.

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Specialisation

All specialisations are available for both domestic and international students in the Master of Education. A limited number of specialisations are available as Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students.

For each of the specialisations students are required to complete the enrolment pattern as outlined in the specialisation requirements.

Specialisations in the Master of Education:

  • Career Development

  • Early Childhood (no new admissions from 2020)

  • Guidance and Counselling (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place)

  • Educational Leadership

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

  • Special Education (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place)

  • Teaching English Language to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place)

  • General Pathway


Students who wish to study a broader variety of courses and are not seeking a specialisation should follow the general pathway guidelines. Please note this is a full-fee paying pathway.

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Electives/Approved courses

Education postgraduate courses*  Discipline Focus  Projected semester offers  
EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood  Early Childhood 
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs  Special Education  1,3 
EDU5324 Behaviour Support  Special Education   
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  Guidance and Counselling  1,3 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents  Guidance and Counselling  1,3 
EDU5760 Professional Study^  TESOL; Guidance and Counselling, Career Development, Early Childhood  1,2,3 
EDU8000 Early Childhood Principles and Practices  Early Childhood 
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education  Early Childhood 
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education  Early Childhood 
EDU8131 Foundations of STEM Education  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 
EDU8132 Digital Technologies and STEM Education  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 
EDU8133 Developing Contemporary STEM Education Programs  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 
EDU8231 STEM Pedagogies  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 
EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing  Guidance and Counselling, Career Development 
EDU8320 Rights and Responsibilities of School Leaders  Educational Leadership  
EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading  Special Education 
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics  Special Education 
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice  Career Development, Guidance and Counselling   2,3 
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings  Guidance and Counselling, Career Development  
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts  Career Development, Guidance and Counselling  
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts  Guidance and Counselling 
EDU8338 Autism  Special Education 
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching  Educational Leadership  1, 2 
EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures  Career Development  
EDU8504 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Education Contexts  Guidance and Counselling 
EDU8507 Counselling in Education Contexts: Theory & Practice  Guidance and Counselling 
EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts  Special Education 
EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity  Educational Leadership 
EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development  Career Development  
EDU8706 Differentiation  Special Education  
EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts  Special Education  
EDU8730 Special and Inclusive Education Professional Practice  Special Education   1,2,3 
EDU8720 Leading Educational Organisations  Educational Leadership 
EDU8721 Professional Learning in Educational Organisations  Educational Leadership 
EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation  Educational Leadership  
LIN5000 The Nature of Language  TESOL  1,2 
LIN5001 Teaching English Grammar  TESOL 
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning  TESOL  1,2 
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language  TESOL  1,2 
LIN8003 Language Program Management  TESOL 
LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning  TESOL  1,2 
LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment  TESOL  2,3 
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners  TESOL 
LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice  TESOL 

Footnotes
*Subject to approval of the Program Coordinator and provided necessary pre-requisites are met.
^Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.

Faculty Level Electives/Approved courses

Education postgraduate courses*  Discipline  Projected semester offers 
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis  TESOL  1,2 
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices  Educational Leadership  1,3 
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice  STEM Education 
EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments  STEM Education 

Footnotes
*Subject to approval of the Program Coordinator and provided necessary pre-requisites are met.

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IT requirements

Students must have reliable and ready access to email and the Internet. See minimum computing standards for more information.

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Articulation

The Master of Education articulates from the Graduate Certificate of Education. and/or Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)) . On completion of the Master of Education, students may be eligible for entry into the Doctor of Education or the Doctor of Philosophy, provided necessary entry requirements are met.

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Exit points

Students who successfully complete a minimum of four units of the Master of Education program will be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate of Education.
Students who successfully complete eight units of study may exit with a Graduate Diploma of Education with either a named or unnamed specialisation depending on courses completed.
Students wishing to exit with one of these awards are advised to contact the Faculty of Business Education Law and Arts.

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Credit

Credit may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised institution. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course was passed within five years prior to the application (courses up to ten years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field)

  • the course passed is sufficiently equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Master of Education, or alternatively, the course is suitable as a discipline course

  • the maximum credit granted is no greater than six units for the Master of Education

  • credit approved in the Master of Education will not automatically apply to other programs offered by the USQ


Claims for credit should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment in a course. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with USQ policy. Please contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts for further information.

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Enrolment

Students will enrol in the Master of Education on either a full-time or a part-time basis.
Note: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to all courses. Should enrolments not meet the minimum number required students may need to choose alternative courses. Students will be advised of the change prior to semester start.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Early Childhood (no new admissions from 2020)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (MEDC)

The Early Childhood specialisation is designed to meet the needs of early childhood professionals and other multi-disciplinary practitioners involved in work with young children and their families. It is expected that these students will normally hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent post-compulsory qualifications) in a discipline other than Early Childhood Education and are keen to enhance their skills, knowledge and ability in relation to the Early Childhood sector. This qualification will also meet the needs of experienced educators who are seeking to further develop their knowledge and skills to gain a specialisation in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Students will complete 60 days of professional experience in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting. Up to 25 days may be completed in the work setting if the student is currently employed. The remaining days must be completed in a different setting with a different age group.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood2
EDU8000 Early Childhood Principles and Practices1Required 15 days Professional Experience.
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education1
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education2
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.

Complete three USQ postgraduate courses.

Complete all three courses in the Research specialisation.(Find more details within the Program Structure of this degree).


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Guidance and Counselling

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (MEDC)
Commonwealth Supported Places available for eligible students.
The Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) is registered with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as an entry-level qualification for membership of the ACA.
The Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) is an appropriate qualification for entry-level membership of the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association (QGCA)
Students planning to work as a Guidance Officer in Education Queensland's state schools usually require registration as a teacher in addition to the Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling). Counselling roles in schools in the Independent or Catholic sectors in Queensland may have different requirements. You should check the requirements with your prospective employer.
Students planning to work outside Queensland and who are intending to use the Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) for employment in schools in a guidance and counselling role, should consult relevant registration bodies, the Australian Counselling Association, and/or state branches of the Australian Psychologist and Counsellors in Schools.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts1
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts2Pre-requisite: EDU8332
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention1,3
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents1,3
EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing1
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice2,3
EDU8507 Counselling in Education Contexts: Theory & Practice1

Complete one of the following approved courses:

EDU8504 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Education Contexts2
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings2
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2,3

Complete all three courses in the Research specialisation. Find more details within the Program Structure of this degree


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Special Education

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (MEDC)
Commonwealth Supported Places available for eligible students.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading2
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
EDU8723 Trauma, Behaviour and Learning3
EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts1
EDU8338 Autism3
EDU8706 Differentiation2
EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts1

Complete one of the following approved courses:

EDU8730 Special and Inclusive Education Professional Practice1,2,3
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs1,3

Complete all three courses in the Research specialisation. Find more details within the Program Structure of this degree.

Notes:
Some courses require access to workplaces.


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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (MEDC)
Commonwealth Supported Places available for eligible students.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

LIN5000 The Nature of Language1,21,2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning1,21,2
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language1,21,2
LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment23
LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning11,2
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners2

Complete two of the following approved courses or any two courses from any University/Faculty Postgraduate approved courses*

LIN5001 Teaching English Grammar2
LIN8003 Language Program Management2
LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice3
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2,3

Complete all three courses in the Research specialisation. Find more details within the Program Structure of this degree.

Notes:
Some courses require access to workplaces.


Footnotes
*Subject to the approval of the Specialisation Coordinator, one of these courses can be replaced by a course outside the list.

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Career Development

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Master of Education (Full-Fee Paying) (MEDF)
The Career Development specialisation meets the professional learning needs of professionals working in teaching, counselling, training, employment, community development, or information management roles who support the career planning and development of students, clients, and organisations. The Career Development specialisation addresses core and selected specialist competencies from the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners, and it has been officially endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia as a qualification for the status of professional career development practitioner under the Professional Standards.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development1
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings2
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts1
EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing1

Complete four out of the following seven courses

EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice2,3
EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures2
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2,3
EDU8504 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Education Contexts2
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching1, 2
EDU8131 Foundations of STEM Education1
EDU8721 Professional Learning in Educational Organisations2

Complete all three courses in the Research specialisation. Find more details within the Program Structure of this degree.


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Educational Leadership

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Master of Education (Full-Fee Paying) (MEDF)


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU8720 Leading Educational Organisations1
EDU8721 Professional Learning in Educational Organisations2
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching1, 2Participants MUST have access to a mentee.
EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation1Pre-requisite: EDU8720

Option 1:

EDU8320 Rights and Responsibilities of School Leaders2

Complete any 3 electives from the MED list of approved courses or University approved courses.

Option 2:

EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity2

Complete any 3 electives from the MED list of approved courses or University approved courses.

Option 3:

EDU8320 Rights and Responsibilities of School Leaders2
EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity2

Complete any 2 electives from the MED list of approved courses or University approved courses.

Complete all three courses in the Research specialisation Find more details within the Program Structure of this degree.


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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Master of Education (Full-Fee Paying) (MEDF)


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU8131 Foundations of STEM Education1
EDU8132 Digital Technologies and STEM Education2Co-requisite: EDU8131
EDU8133 Developing Contemporary STEM Education Programs2Co-requisite: EDU8231
EDU8231 STEM Pedagogies1Pre-requisite: EDU8131 Co-requisite: EDU8133

Option 1: STEM Education and Leadership

EDU8720 Leading Educational Organisations1
EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation1Pre-requisite: EDU8720
EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity2
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching1,2

Option 2: STEM Education and Inclusive Education

EDU8730 Special and Inclusive Education Professional Practice1,2,3
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
EDU8706 Differentiation2
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs1,3

Option 3: STEM Education and Conceptual Understandings

EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice1
EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments1
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability1
MAC8901 Issues in Teaching Mathematics2

Complete all three courses in the Research specialisation Find more details within the Program Structure of this degree.


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General Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Master of Education (Full-Fee Paying) (MEDF)

For students choosing this pathway, no named specialisation will appear on their Testamur.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Complete four Education postgraduate courses not previously completed.

Complete four postgraduate courses.

Complete all three courses in the Research specialisation. Find more details within the Program Structure of this degree.