2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Online Self Paced
Start date:
21 February 2022
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 13 February 2022 for our next intake which starts on 21 February 2022.


Build on your education experience by studying the latest theory and research with a Master of Education (by coursework) from Victoria University.

This flexible coursework program is underpinned by a strong focus on social justice, sustainability and ethical action. You will gain the skills and confidence to address educational challenges and opportunities in education, community, government and industry.

Learning from passionate and experienced educators, you'll gain advanced knowledge about the theory and practice of learning and teaching.

This course is designed for teachers, principals, community educators, youth workers, policy-makers or any professional whose work has an educational component or responsibility.

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

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, this course will be delivered in four-week mode, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

Students with an education background will have their prior skills and experience recognised by being deemed a ‘cognate’ student. Applicants with a completed education qualification receive advanced standing for at least two, 24 credit-point units.

During the application process, all applicants are able to apply for advanced standing for up to half of the total course.

The Master of Education offers flexible learning options, with online, face-to-face and evening classes. You’ll undertake a broad variety of subjects across Foundation, Core and Electives, as well as undertaking a research component. Completion of each stage of this course gives you credit towards the next stage. You can choose to exit at the graduate certificate or graduate diploma level.

This course has in-built support for you, with small-group activities and assessment tasks.

You can choose to complete a portion of your Master of Education degree with one of our 110 international partners. For example, we have a unique relationship with the University of Texas (El Paso) that has been recognised for innovation in international education.

Around the world, highly respected institutions are ready to welcome you into their community. Studying overseas gives you the chance to experience a new culture and learn from a new perspective – while gaining credits towards your degree.

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.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Careers in education

Postgraduate study in education is increasingly important in the advancement of a professional education career. The Master of Education will ensure you are prepared for this competitive field.

This course offers professional development for teachers, education administrators, researchers and policy makers. It 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.

Example job titles

  • educational consultant
  • principal
  • child care director
  • curriculum developer
  • educational policy developer.


Use Job Outlook to find average salaries in Australia for various education professions:

Course structure

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

  • 24 credit points of Core units
  • 120 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:

  • EED7003 must be taken in your first semester of study. 
  • Students must complete 48 credit points of study prior to enrolment in EED7001 You are encouraged to complete EED7001 Research Methods in Education 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.

Core units

Select either Option A or B:


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




Select 120 credit points (5 units) from the following Elective units:

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.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Full-fee

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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 chair or academic adviser.

Additional information

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

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

25% off our pathway course in 2021

For semester 2, 2021 only, domestic students will have the opportunity to undertake the first 4 units of this masters as a stand-alone Graduate Certificate in Education.

The certificate course has been discounted by 25%, meaning that you will save money as well as gaining a certificate qualification along the way.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications are due on 13 February 2022 for our next intake which starts on 21 February 2022.

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