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Master of Education

2014 | 2015 | 2016

About this course

The Master of Education is an innovative and practical course for professional educators. It has pathways relevant for teachers and educational leaders from all sectors, including early childhood, primary, secondary, vocational education and training and higher education. It enables educators to significantly advance their practice in a range of areas including leadership, innovation and change, student wellbeing and educational research and evaluation. 

Significant advanced standing (or credit) is available for those with relevant previous learning and expertise. Educational professionals can enrol in the full award or complete individual units as professional development.

Career opportunities

The course aligns closely with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. A distinctive feature is that participants will be guided to document and evidence their learning against these standards – thus supporting applications for accreditation and promotion.

Professional recognition

Units in this course are aligned with the national professional standards of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Major areas of study

Students choose from a wide range of units of study with the following themes:

  • Career planning and developing a professional portfolio
  • Educational leadership
  • Change and innovation in teaching and learning
  • Student wellbeing
  • Work-based research and evaluation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is practical and tailored closely to a student’s working world. Most units have two assessment tasks usually with a strong focus on authentic and professionally-relevant assessment. 

Teaching methods

Online study is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of digital study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

  1. All applicants for admission to candidature must provide evidence of at least one year's experience in a field of education.
  2. As an alternative to Rule 2, Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, applicants for admission to candidature in the Master of Education may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Master of Education a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of sixteen (16) units comprising:

  1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
  2. ten (10) units selected from Part B of the Schedule.
  3. Notwithstanding Requirements for an Award Rule (b), the Course Coordinator may approve the substitution of up to four (4) relevant postgraduate coursework units from elsewhere in the University’s offerings for those in Part B of the Schedule.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates who have completed all the requirements for a Level 7 qualification in education may be granted advanced standing for four (4) units.
  2. In addition to Rule 2, Section 4 the Head of School may grant a student advanced standing where they have completed formal, non-formal or informal learning accepted by the University and accompanied by supporting documentary evidence. 

Schedule of units

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'