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Course content

Do you want to develop your professional expertise and advance your career in education? The Master of Education addresses the professional learning needs of educators, educational administrators, managers, policy makers and others interested or involved in learning and education in the wider community. Step beyond where you are now and position yourself as a thought leader, as you connect with research excellence and transform how you practice.

This course addresses learning in schools, workplaces and community. It connects research and practice to make you a stronger thinker, an engaged practitioner and an advanced specialist. You’ll broaden your knowledge of key learning constructs, advance your capacity as a professional inquirer and deepen your professional learning in one of the following specialisations:

  • Adult learning
  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Digital learning
  • Early childhood education
  • Educational leadership and policy
  • Expert teaching practice
  • General education studies
  • Inclusive and special education.

In the Master of Education you can graduate with a broadly applicable qualification, by choosing general education studies and selecting units to suit your requirements. Alternatively, you can choose one of the seven other specialisations and graduate with a qualification highlighting your particular expertise. The flexible structure means you do not have to finalise your decision before being admitted to the course.

Flexible course delivery also allows you to continue working while completing the course. You can choose to engage via a fully online offering or to combine online studies with face-to-face workshops.

Graduate outcomes are wide-ranging, and are closely tied to the different specialisations and your specific career goals.

Course structure

The course is structured in four parts. Part A. Orientation to education, Part B. Key constructs in education, Part C. Enhanced professional learning and Part D. Professional inquiry. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A and some units from other parts.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

PART A. Orientation to education

These studies will introduce you to contemporary issues in the study of education. They are intended for students who come into the course without previous qualifications in education or work experience in education-related fields.  You will engage with academic traditions and scholarly practices in the field of education at the postgraduate level, become acquainted with a broad range of debates across education contexts and develop an understanding of the complexities in the field.

PART B. Key constructs in education

These studies present key theoretical frames to understand ideas and research conducted across a broad theme of significance in the study of Education. The themes offered include learners and learning, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, education and work, sustainability and inclusion, from which you will choose one or two. You will engage with research that responds to the themes you choose and, as a result, advance your capacity to apply scholarly concepts in Education more broadly.

PART C. Enhanced professional learning

These studies will deepen your knowledge of particular ideas and practices around your specialisation, build your skills and address professional issues.  Taken together these develop your expertise in the area of your specialisation to be applied across your learning and work contexts.

PART D. Professional inquiry

The focus of these studies is professional inquiry.  You will address the challenges and opportunities of using and evaluating research evidence in professional practice. This could include engagement in practice in a field of professional work relevant to your specialisation. This may include an independent research dimension requiring the knowledge and application of research principles.


Visit the Master of Education page on the Monash University website for more details!

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