Master of Education

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Course essentials

Build on your experience as an educator by studying the latest theory and research in education.

The Master of Education is a flexible coursework program with particular focus and commitment to social justice, sustainability and ethical action.

This course is designed to meet the needs of professionals whose work has an educational component or some educational responsibility.

It is open to current and future educators, including teachers and principals and those outside formal education settings, such as community educators, youth workers, or business professionals seeking to expand their understanding of how colleagues learn.

This course does not provide you with registration to teach in Australia.

Completion of one stage gives you credit towards the next. You can choose to exit the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level.

International students

This master degree is the final stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up this Master of Education. The first stage is a Graduate Certificate of Education and the second stage is a Graduate Diploma of Education.

Postgraduate research at VU

Find out about postgraduate studies at VU. Discover our research project areas.

Careers

Postgraduate study in education is increasingly important in the advancement of a professional education career.

This course could lead to a career as an education or health professional, and prepare you for a management role in a number of specialist education fields.

Graduates will have the experience and confidence to take a leading position in a range of fields related to:  

  • education in schools or other settings 
  • policy making and development
  • training in the workplace.

Please note that this course does not provide you with registration to teach in Australia.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to ethical action, social responsibility and sustainability in an educational context.  
  2. Derive an informed and critical perspective on the contemporary context of education, vocational training and professional development, both locally and internationally.  
  3. Use advanced knowledge about theories to frame and inform practice as a critical and reflective educator.  
  4. Integrate strong theoretical perspectives, critical analysis and problem solving, and an awareness of current research.  
  5. Adapt appropriate uses of digital technologies for communication, knowledge access, and collaboration in the construction of an advanced body of understanding in the discipline.  
  6. Stimulate educational innovation and professional learning in a workplace, and be able to draw on a range of connections within professional and academic communities.  
  7. Design, conduct, and report educational inquiry/research.  

Course structure

To complete the Master of Education students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of Core units
  • 96 credit points of Elective units
  • 48 credit points of either Option A Capstone Research and Elective unit or Option B Minor Thesis

[Note - Cognate students, who have been admitted to the Master of Education on the basis of their previous studies in education, will be granted recognition of prior learning for two units. Cognate Students will be granted AED5011 Approaches to Learning (as the core 24 credit point unit) and an unspecified elective (as the elective 24 credit point unit).

Additional Notes:

  • EED6001 must be taken in your first semester of study
  • Students must complete 48 credit points of study prior to enrolment in AED5001. You are encouraged to complete AED5001 Research Design and Methods as close to the completion of your Minor Thesis or Capstone Research Project as possible.
  • The Minor Thesis or Capstone Research Project units must be taken in the final semesters of study.
  • To be eligible to apply for doctoral study, it is recommended that students choose to complete the Minor Thesis option, or complete the unit EED6011 along with EED6004.

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Core units

Select either Option A or B:

OPTION A:

Plus 24 credit points (1 unit) chosen from the Elective unit list below.

OPTION B:

Or

And

Select 96 credit points (4 units) from the following Elective units:

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: To qualify for admission to the course, applicants must have a university degree completed at a meritorious level, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the College of Education. To undertake the minor thesis option, the College of Education requires evidence of aptitude for a comprehensive research project. Extensive experience in the professional field is an advantage.
  • Mature: To qualify for admission to the course, applicants must have a university degree completed at a meritorious level, or an equivalent qualification as approved by the College of Education. To undertake the minor thesis option, the College of Education requires evidence of aptitude for a comprehensive research project. Extensive experience in the professional field is an advantage.
  • Other: All applicants are required (1) to submit a current version of their CV (2) to present a 200 word statement outlining why they are interested in undertaking this course

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