Master of Education (Generic and with Specialisations)

General

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Program Description

If you're an education professional seeking to advance your knowledge and skills and become a leader in education, the Master of Education (generic and with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University is for you. Offered fully online, this degree supports and develops your career working across educational sectors and a range of contexts (including schools, adult education and early childhood settings).

You can choose from a range of specialisations in adult and vocational education, curriculum and professional practice, digital technology, early childhood leadership, educational leadership, higher, education, online learning, Indigenous education, contemporary literacies and educational research. Alternatively, the generic course allows you to choose subjects across these specialisations.

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Course highlights

The Master of Education (generic and with specialisations) provides opportunities to expand your professional knowledge and skills, and develop your leadership capabilities. The course has a strong emphasis on research embedded in professional practice.

  • Flexible online study: 
    Online delivery gives you the freedom to study at a time and place that suit you. If you're working, you'll be able to apply what you learn directly to a professional setting. You can also speed up or slow down your study to meet your personal situation.
  • Personalised learning: 
    This course offers a general qualification, which allows you to select from a diverse range of subjects to meet your needs and interests, or you can choose a specialisation in one of the following areas: adult and vocational education, contemporary literacies, curriculum and professional practice, digital technology, early childhood leadership, educational leadership, educational research, higher education, Indigenous education or online learning.
  • Contemporary program: 
    To ensure the course content meets the needs of contemporary education professionals, this degree is regularly reviewed under the guidance of many advisory committees comprising school sector leaders, principals and teachers.
  • A dynamic community: 
    Charles Sturt University has a strong international reputation and research profile. You'll learn from leading educators who have made substantial contributions to research and curriculum development over many years.
  • Pathway options: 
    The Graduate Certificate in Education (with specialisations) provides an exit point, should you wish to graduate earlier. You can also study the graduate certificate as a standalone course or as an entry point into the Master of Education (generic and with specialisations). If you subsequently enrol in the master's, you'll receive credit for the subjects you completed in your graduate certificate.

Specialisations

You can choose to study the generic degree or graduate with one of the following specialisations:

  • Adult and Vocational EducationThis specialisation provides an integrated understanding of adult and vocational education to enhance teaching in your technical or vocational area.
  • Contemporary LiteraciesThis specialisation develops your skills in the critical evaluation of literature, as well as teaching reading and understanding the multimodal writing process.
  • Curriculum and Professional PracticeThis specialisation focuses on developing your practice as a professional in the contemporary education sector.
  • Digital TechnologyThis specialisation offers a wide range of study options to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to apply, lead and design digital technologies within educational settings, as well as advancing your skills in social networking and game-based learning.
  • Early Childhood LeadershipThis specialisation focuses on practice development and leadership across early childhood educational settings.
  • Educational LeadershipThis specialisation focuses on theories of educational leadership and their purpose in 21st-century education.
  • Educational ResearchThis specialisation develops the skills needed to read, understand and evaluate educational research and provides a foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Higher EducationDevelop advanced strategies to help drive change and lead professional learning practices in higher education. You’ll be on your way to becoming a more dynamic leader.
  • Indigenous EducationThis specialisation is designed to help you develop strategies and teaching techniques that’ll promote a better understanding of Indigenous Australian perspectives. You’ll also develop a richer insight into Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and contexts.
  • Online Learning InnovationPush the boundaries of online design and creativity. Take the lead in this rapidly growing field by understanding how to construct and deliver exceptional online learning programs.

Career opportunities

Charles Sturt University’s Master of Education (generic and with specialisations) provides a career-enhancing qualification that may lead to employment opportunities in Australia or overseas. You could pursue leadership positions or explore roles in other areas of education, such as a specialised teaching professional, policymaker, education administrator or educational researcher. If you choose to study the educational research specialisation and have a strong academic record, you may be eligible to undertake a Higher Degree by Research.

Credits and pathways

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed the relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit may be granted (up to 50% of the degree) where a student has completed study at an appropriate level beyond an initial four years of tertiary study where this study does not constitute part of the admission criteria.

The following credit arrangements have been put in place for the Master of Education and the following Specialisations:

  • Adult and Vocational Education
  • Contemporary Literacies
  • Curriculum and Professional Practice
  • Digital Technology
  • Early Childhood Leadership
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Research
  • Indigenous Education
  • Online Learning Innovation

International credit packages

  1. Under a formal agreement with the Ontario Principals' Council (OPC) and Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario students who successfully complete the 'Masters Dimension Enhanced Principals' Qualification Program' (PQP) will receive transfer credit (TCR) for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership & ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations (16 points).
  2. Students who have completed the 'Standard Dimension PQP 1 and 2' through a recognised Ontario College of Teachers provider will receive transfer credit (TCR) for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership (8 points).
  3. Students who have completed a 'Three-part Additional Qualifications Specialist' (recognised by the Ontario College of Teachers) will receive credit represented as EDU51C Education Studies Level 5 subject (8 points).
  4. Students who have completed two 'Three-part Additional Qualifications Specialist' (recognised by the Ontario College of Teachers) will receive transfer credit represented as EDU51C Education Studies Level 5 subject (16 points).
  5. Students who have completed an 'Honours Specialist in one area of specialisation' (recognised by the Ontario College of Teachers) will receive transfer credit represented as EDU51C Education Studies Level 5 subject (8 points).
  6. Students who have completed an 'Honours Specialist in two areas of specialisation' (recognised by the Ontario College of Teachers) will receive transfer credit represented as EDU51C Education Studies Level 5 subject (16 points).
  7. Students who have completed a 'Combined Honours Specialist' (recognised by the Ontario College of Teachers) will receive transfer credit represented as EDU51C Education Studies Level 5 subject (16 points).
  8. Students who successfully complete the 'Experienced Principal’s Development Course' (EPDC) receive transfer credit for ESA509 Advanced School Leadership (8 points).
  9. Students who successfully complete the Ontario Principals' Council 'Leading Educators Across the Planet' program (LEAP) receive transfer credit TCR for ESA512 International Education Leadership (8 points).
  10. Students who successfully complete the Ontario Principals' Council 'Special Education for Administrators' (SEA) program receive transfer credit represented as EDU51C (8 points).
  11. Students who successfully complete the Ontario Principals’ Council 'International School Leadership Certificate 1.0 Plus Module 13- the Masters Dimension' will receive transfer credit (TCR) for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership, ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations and ESA509 Advanced School Leadership (24 points).
  12. Students who successfully complete the Ontario Principals’ Council 'International School Leadership Certificate Standard' will receive transfer credit (TCR) for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership and ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations (16 points).

Domestic credit packages

  1. Students who successfully complete the Bastow Institute for School Leadership course 'Create: Middle Leaders' will receive transfer credit for EEL510 Leading Professional Learning Organisations (8 points).
  2. Students who successfully complete the Bastow Institute for School Leadership course 'Evolve: New Principals' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership, ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations and EDU51C Education Studies Level 5 subject (24 points).
  3. Students who successfully complete the Bastow Institute for School Leadership course 'Impact: Emerging Leaders' will receive transfer credit for EEB504 Data Informed Practice and ESA503 Leading Educational Change (16 points).
  4. Students who successfully complete the Bastow Institute for School Leadership course 'Impact: Inspire Local Leaders' will receive transfer credit for EEL510 Leading Professional Learning Organisations and EPT502 Issues in Professional Learning (16 points).
  5. Students who successfully complete the Bastow Institute for School Leadership course 'Leading Excellence in Classroom Practice' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership and ESA503 Leading Educational Change.
  6. Students who successfully complete a Bastow Institute for School Leadership course 'Leading Literacy, Leading Mathematics, Leading Pedagogy or Leading Curriculum and Assessment' will receive transfer credit represented as EDU51C (8 points).
  7. Students who successfully complete the Australian Independent Schools (AIS) 'Flagship Program' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership, ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations and ESA509 Advanced School Leadership (24 points).
  8. Students who successfully complete the Bastow Institute for School Leadership course 'Unlocking Potential: Principal Preparation' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership, ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations, ESA509 Advanced School Leadership and ESA503 Leading Educational Change (32 points).
  9. Students who successfully complete the Queensland Education Leadership Institute course 'Leadership for Middle School Leaders' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership & EEL510 Leading Professional Learning Organisations (16 points).
  10. Students who successfully complete the Queensland Education Leadership Institute course 'Leadership for Deputy Principals' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership & ESA503 Leading Educational Change (16 points).
  11. Students who successfully complete the Queensland Education Leadership Institute course 'Leadership for Principals' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership & & ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations (16 points).
  12. Students who successfully complete the Queensland Education Leadership Institute course 'Leadership for Experienced Principals' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership & & ESA509 Advanced School Leadership (16 points).
  13. Students who successfully complete the Queensland Education Leadership Institute course 'Leadership for Teachers' will receive transfer credit for ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership & ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations (16 points).
  14. Students who successfully complete the Bastow Institute for School Leadership 'Building Global Citizenship' program receive transfer credit for ESA512 International Education Leadership (8 points).

Subjects

For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

  • Hold the degree of Bachelor of Education or equivalent from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • Hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent from an approved tertiary institution with an end-on integrated professional teaching qualification (such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor of Teaching); or
  • Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Education on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will be eligible for admission to the Master of Education and receive credit for applicable subjects; or
  • Applicants for the Master of Education (Higher Education) specialisation must have completed 32 credit points from a postgraduate course (e.g. the equivalent of a Graduate Certificate) focused on Higher Education teaching, leadership and/or management.

English language requirements

You can normally meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to most Charles Sturt University courses by doing one of the following:

  • Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English.
  • Obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5.
  • Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.

Support

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Aug 2020

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