Master of Education

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
084792A, 099127M
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • National-other locations
  • Online
Duration:

1.5 years - 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Description

This course is designed for educators or those working in educational contexts who wish to pursue further studies in a specialised area. It will not lead to a teaching qualification.

The Master of Education enables teachers professionals working in other educational contexts to develop advanced knowledge and expertise. The course enhances career advancement opportunities for teachers and other professionals engaged in lead educational roles such as education administrators, researchers, policy makers, career counsellors, psychologists, members of the defence forces, youth ministers and family/parish educators.

Specialist areas leading to a named specialisation:

  • Allied School Psychology (cohorts only)
  • Autism Spectrum Studies
  • Career Development
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Integrated STEM
  • Literacy Intervention (cohorts only)
  • Leading Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This advanced education course will enable students to enhance professional knowledge and pedagogical practices, and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of recent research.

Students with a postgraduate qualification in Education may apply for credit and complete the degree in less time.

Course duration

1.5 years - 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • National (Multi-mode)
  • Online

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Note:

Units are offered fully online, with on campus and on site options available by special arrangement. Please contact the Course Administrator for further details – feapg@acu.edu.au.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Credit Points

120

Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Graduate Certificate in Education may exit with that award.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

National
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
Online
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $16800 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor degree in Education; or a Bachelor degree and a recognised teaching qualification; or
  2. Bachelor degree in an area other than Education.
1 Students may take Electives drawn from the Schedule of Unit Offerings (listed) and/or other units drawn from relevant ACU postgraduate programs; or by cross-institutional study with prior approval of the Course Coordinator. A maximum of 40 cp of Elective units can be at 500-level.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Career paths

The Master of Education enhances your career advancement opportunities as a teaching professional or leader, education administrator, researcher or policy maker.

Professional experience

In order to attain a named specialisation in TESOL, students will need to successfully complete a supervised practicum experience (6 hours).

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Police and/or Working with Children checks (or equivalent) may be required prior to practicum.

Specialisations

Allied School Psychology (Only available to cohorts)

This course is designed for educators or those working in educational contexts who wish to pursue further studies in the area of school psychology. It will not lead to a teaching qualification or psychology registration.

The aim of this specialisation is to develop teachers with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in in the areas of inclusion, differentiation, assessment and intervention (e.g., Learning Support teachers) who can support the work of system level registered educational psychologists.

Autism Spectrum Studies

The Autism Spectrum Studies study area/specialisation allows professional educators to extend their scholarship and develop their expertise within this particular interest area.

This course is designed for teachers interested in developing knowledge and skills in curriculum development for, and management of, children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is the first, and so far only, Masters level course in Australia offering such a focus.

Research shows that teachers lack the confidence to address the learning, social and behavioural needs of this student population and it is believed that the availability of this specialisation will equip teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills. This specialisation focuses on special education curriculum and on the culture of autism including neuro-typical and atypical characteristics in social-communication, behaviour and relationship development.

Inclusive Education Grants initiative (VIC only)
The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides scholarships to Victorian government school teachers to undertake the Master of Education (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at ACU. The next round of applications, for study commencing in mid-2019, will open Wednesday 8 May – Sunday 2 June, 2019. Learn more>>

Career Development

This specialisation is designed for secondary teachers or other professionals who have responsibility for providing career advice. It focuses on the needs that individuals in schools and other educational settings have in responding to the pressures and opportunities presented by the current and future worlds of work. The Career Development specialisation has been endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). This specialisation is not available in fully online mode; two units (one unit per semester) in this specialisation have attendance requirements.

Inclusive Practice

This specialisation is designed from teachers and allied professionals who have particular interests in inclusive approaches to practice. Students will have opportunities to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the history of the movement toward inclusion in schools and the community, specific approaches to developing more inclusive classrooms and other educational and community environments, and the additional needs often expressed by children with additional learning needs including those with special gifts and talents as well as those with complex learning and behavioural challenges.

Integrated STEM

This specialisation enables teachers and educators to develop, practice and apply specialist knowledge and skills in Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education using an Integrated STEM education approach in primary or secondary schools, aligned with content in the Australian Curriculum and respective state/territory syllabi.
The aim of this specialisation is to develop leaders in Integrated STEM education curriculum/syllabus implementation, student assessment and integration to support teaching in primary or secondary schools.

Leading Learning

The aim of this specialisation is to provide educators and allied professional with opportunities to develop advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in leading learning in a variety of situations.

Literacy Intervention (Only available to cohorts)

The aim of this specialisation is to provide educators with opportunities to further develop their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in relation to the assessment of primary students’ oral language and literacy skills as well as to enhance their skills in providing appropriate evidence-based adjustments and interventions. Given ongoing concerns about the literacy of students in Australian schools, there is a continuing need for teachers and allied professionals to engage with current perspectives on oral language development and literacy research and practice.

Mathematics

This specialisation is designed to provide current and potential mathematics educators with an opportunity to further develop their mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. Students will have opportunities to explore theories of learning, the characteristics of high quality teaching and learning, issues of equity and access for students, and pedagogical approaches to a range of topics of particular relevance to the middle years of schooling (Years 5-9); namely, number development, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability, and algebra and function

Safeguarding Children and Young People

The specialisation is designed to provide the opportunity for participants to develop knowledge and understandings of contemporary issues and responses to safeguarding children and young people, exploring the conditions and factors that facilitate or impede child-safe environments. Central will be framing a response which draws upon the rich moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church and a theological understanding of the child.

Student Wellbeing

This specialisation is designed to provide educators and allied professionals with opportunities to develop advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to creating learning communities that promote the wellbeing of young people. Students will have opportunities to consider a range of perspectives on wellbeing, professional practices that enhance the confidence, resilience, and emotional understanding of young people, approaches to creating enabling, positive learning environments, and engaging families and the community to supporting the wellbeing and learning of young people.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Designed specifically for educators who wish to teach English to students for whom English is a second or additional language, This specialisation helps students explore theories of second language acquisition and also of different 'language teaching' methods. Students critically examine current research and practice in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in both national and international contexts and learn to apply these theoretical perspectives to particular classroom contexts. The specialisation requires students to complete 6 hours of supervised English language teaching practice in order to complete a named specialisation in TESOL.

English language requirements

IELTS  overall score of 7.0. Individual score of 6.0 in all tests.

Pathways to further study

Graduates of this program may be eligible to progress to a Doctor of Education or a Doctor of Philosophy.

Contacts for future students

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Description

This course is designed for educators or those working in educational contexts who wish to pursue further studies in a specialised area. It will not lead to a teaching qualification.

The Master of Education enables teachers professionals working in other educational contexts to develop advanced knowledge and expertise. The course enhances career advancement opportunities for teachers and other professionals engaged in lead educational roles such as education administrators, researchers, policy makers, career counsellors, psychologists, members of the defence forces, youth ministers and family/parish educators.

Specialist areas leading to a named specialisation:

  • Allied School Psychology (cohorts only)
  • Autism Spectrum Studies
  • Career Development
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Integrated STEM
  • Literacy Intervention (cohorts only)
  • Leading Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This advanced education course will enable students to enhance professional knowledge and pedagogical practices, and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of recent research.

Students with a postgraduate qualification in Education may apply for credit and complete the degree in less time.

Course duration

1.5 years - 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 08-Feb-2021 , 19-Jul-2021

Note:

Units are offered fully online, with on campus and on site options available by special arrangement. Please contact the Course Administrator for further details – feapg@acu.edu.au.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

120

Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Graduate Certificate in Education may exit with that award.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2840.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $22720.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $34080.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 7.0, with an individual score of 6.0 in all tests, plus the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor Degree in Education, or first degree in an area other than Education plus a Graduate Diploma in Education.

Career paths

The Master of Education enhances your career advancement opportunities as a teaching professional or leader, education administrator, researcher or policy maker.

Professional experience

In order to attain a named specialisation in TESOL, students will need to successfully complete a supervised practicum experience (6 hours).

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Police and/or Working with Children checks (or equivalent) may be required prior to practicum.

Specialisations

Allied School Psychology (Only available to cohorts)

This course is designed for educators or those working in educational contexts who wish to pursue further studies in the area of school psychology. It will not lead to a teaching qualification or psychology registration.

The aim of this specialisation is to develop teachers with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in in the areas of inclusion, differentiation, assessment and intervention (e.g., Learning Support teachers) who can support the work of system level registered educational psychologists.

Autism Spectrum Studies

The Autism Spectrum Studies study area/specialisation allows professional educators to extend their scholarship and develop their expertise within this particular interest area.

This course is designed for teachers interested in developing knowledge and skills in curriculum development for, and management of, children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is the first, and so far only, Masters level course in Australia offering such a focus.

Research shows that teachers lack the confidence to address the learning, social and behavioural needs of this student population and it is believed that the availability of this specialisation will equip teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills. This specialisation focuses on special education curriculum and on the culture of autism including neuro-typical and atypical characteristics in social-communication, behaviour and relationship development.

Inclusive Education Grants initiative (VIC only)
The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides scholarships to Victorian government school teachers to undertake the Master of Education (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at ACU. The next round of applications, for study commencing in mid-2019, will open Wednesday 8 May – Sunday 2 June, 2019. Learn more>>

Career Development

This specialisation is designed for secondary teachers or other professionals who have responsibility for providing career advice. It focuses on the needs that individuals in schools and other educational settings have in responding to the pressures and opportunities presented by the current and future worlds of work. The Career Development specialisation has been endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). This specialisation is not available in fully online mode; two units (one unit per semester) in this specialisation have attendance requirements.

Inclusive Practice

This specialisation is designed from teachers and allied professionals who have particular interests in inclusive approaches to practice. Students will have opportunities to extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the history of the movement toward inclusion in schools and the community, specific approaches to developing more inclusive classrooms and other educational and community environments, and the additional needs often expressed by children with additional learning needs including those with special gifts and talents as well as those with complex learning and behavioural challenges.

Integrated STEM

This specialisation enables teachers and educators to develop, practice and apply specialist knowledge and skills in Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education using an Integrated STEM education approach in primary or secondary schools, aligned with content in the Australian Curriculum and respective state/territory syllabi.
The aim of this specialisation is to develop leaders in Integrated STEM education curriculum/syllabus implementation, student assessment and integration to support teaching in primary or secondary schools.

Leading Learning

The aim of this specialisation is to provide educators and allied professional with opportunities to develop advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in leading learning in a variety of situations.

Literacy Intervention (Only available to cohorts)

The aim of this specialisation is to provide educators with opportunities to further develop their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in relation to the assessment of primary students’ oral language and literacy skills as well as to enhance their skills in providing appropriate evidence-based adjustments and interventions. Given ongoing concerns about the literacy of students in Australian schools, there is a continuing need for teachers and allied professionals to engage with current perspectives on oral language development and literacy research and practice.

Mathematics

This specialisation is designed to provide current and potential mathematics educators with an opportunity to further develop their mathematics content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. Students will have opportunities to explore theories of learning, the characteristics of high quality teaching and learning, issues of equity and access for students, and pedagogical approaches to a range of topics of particular relevance to the middle years of schooling (Years 5-9); namely, number development, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability, and algebra and function

Safeguarding Children and Young People

The specialisation is designed to provide the opportunity for participants to develop knowledge and understandings of contemporary issues and responses to safeguarding children and young people, exploring the conditions and factors that facilitate or impede child-safe environments. Central will be framing a response which draws upon the rich moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church and a theological understanding of the child.

Student Wellbeing

This specialisation is designed to provide educators and allied professionals with opportunities to develop advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to creating learning communities that promote the wellbeing of young people. Students will have opportunities to consider a range of perspectives on wellbeing, professional practices that enhance the confidence, resilience, and emotional understanding of young people, approaches to creating enabling, positive learning environments, and engaging families and the community to supporting the wellbeing and learning of young people.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Designed specifically for educators who wish to teach English to students for whom English is a second or additional language, This specialisation helps students explore theories of second language acquisition and also of different 'language teaching' methods. Students critically examine current research and practice in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in both national and international contexts and learn to apply these theoretical perspectives to particular classroom contexts. The specialisation requires students to complete 6 hours of supervised English language teaching practice in order to complete a named specialisation in TESOL.

English language requirements

IELTS  overall score of 7.0. Individual score of 6.0 in all tests.

Pathways to further study

Graduates of this program may be eligible to progress to a Doctor of Education or a Doctor of Philosophy.

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