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Summary
Master of Education Specialisation Career Development (MEDF)

Study Mode
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 12 units

Duration
  • 1.5 year/s or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • -

The Semester 3 (November) intake is only available via online study.
View USQ Handbook

Help others find their career path

USQ’s Master of Education (Career Development) is ideal if you work in teaching, counselling, training, employment or community development roles and support the career planning and development of students, clients, and organisations.

This degree is for new and experienced practitioners looking to focus on big picture issues in career development, including policy, employability and learning. 

Study flexibility

If you are not sure whether you would like to complete an entire Masters degree, apply to study USQ’s Graduate Certificate of EducationGraduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place) or Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying) and take the credit from your studies to the Master of Education if you decide to continue studying.

Develop research skills

A significant component of your studies will be research courses designed to expand your understanding of the role of education in society, and the challenges faced by educators in rapidly changing, multicultural communities. The Research Specialisation has a practical emphasis on innovative and creative approaches to solving current issues in the education environment. You can use your own experiences as a backdrop to your studies and develop a research project based on your current workplace.

Professional accreditation

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.

Graduates of this degree will have the knowledge and skills to help people manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information. Career opportunities include Education Managers, Community Development Managers, and Job Placement Managers in an array of work environments from schools, TAFEs and universities to government agencies and industry.

Other specialisations in the Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place) include: Guidance and Counselling, Special Education and TESOL.

Specialisations in the Master of Education (Full Fee Paying) include: Educational Leadership, and STEM Education.

Courses to be studied Units
Required core courses 4
plus 4 x specialisation courses 4
plus 3 x research courses  4
Total 12

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Students who complete the Advanced Research Pathway may be eligible for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Students who complete the Applied Research Pathway are not eligible to apply for entry to the PhD.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 24080

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Pre-requisite: 3-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, from a recognised university
  • Approved bachelor degree, or equivalent, in education.
  • Candidates with a bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a non-related discipline may be eligible for entry into USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Education. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they may apply for entry into the Master of Education.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.


How to apply

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Semester 3, 2020 - Monday 16 November 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.