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Master of Educational Leadership

About This Masters Degree

Course Description


Macquarie’s educational leadership program is designed to develop those who aspire to lead, or who have leadership roles. You are able to specialise in either primary or secondary schools, or early childhood settings.

We begin by closely examining the nature of educational systems and organisations and the factors which shape the learning and teaching that occurs within them. Upon this foundation you will develop specialist skills and knowledge, based on the most up-to-date international research, theory, principles and practices of educational leadership. A capstone unit gives you the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills gained across all your subjects, and a research unit teaches you how apply this in a rigorous and scholarly way to solve a substantive educational issue of your choice.

The knowledge management, critical thinking, and communicative capabilities you acquire through this degree will enhance not only your own learning but also the capacities of the educational institutions in which you work through your focus on developing evidence-based, theoretically-sound insights into professional practice.

Please note that this is not a teaching qualification.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-educational-leadership

Key benefits

- Build your career in school or early childhood education leadership
Specifically targeted to the needs of those who aspire to lead, or who have leadership roles, in primary or secondary schools, or early childhood settings.

- We recognise your knowledge and skills
Under Macquarie’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy you can apply for up to four units of credit based on previous postgraduate studies, professional development and training, and work experience. This could mean a reduction of up to one third in the cost of, and time taken to complete, your degree.

- Our program is flexible and can easily be tailored to meet your needs
You can complete your degree on-line or on-campus, study at your own rate, and structure your program to meet your personal goals. Your decisions are not set in stone, should your needs change there is scope for you to change modes of study, programs, and even degrees.

- Top staff, cutting edge knowledge
Our academic staff are active researchers in their respective fields and they will guide you to the most up-to-date international research, theories, principles, and practices in education.

- Not just an academic exercise
We provide you with opportunities to work collegially with like-minded peers to explore innovative solutions to challenges that impact on learning in your workplace.

- A step up
Students who begin their specialist studies with us in one of the Graduate Certificates can step up to the Master of Education with full credit for the units they’ve completed.

Suitable for

The Master of Educational Leadership caters to those who aspire to lead, or who have leadership roles, in primary or secondary schools, or early childhood settings.

Please note that this is NOT A TEACHING QUALIFICATION.
If you don't have an Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in education you will need to complete a supplemental application form and find two workplace referees willing to comment on your employment history and on the knowledge and skills you have developed there.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 overall (with minimum 6.0 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening, 6.0 in Speaking) or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-educational-leadership

Visit the Master of Educational Leadership page on the Macquarie University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jann Robinson

“I studied the Masters of Educational Leadership at Macquarie University. At the time I was unsure about where I wanted to go with my career. However, during the course I was challenged to think more broadly about education and about the nature of leadership. The course was pivotal in helping me to identify what really mattered to me in educating young people and in refining my own thinking about leadership. I found the course was invaluable as I took up the role of Principal and, in particular, in thinking about how systems work, what it means to lead in an educational setting and to see the importance of research to drive improvement rather than just hunches. One highlight was hearing from current heads and being able to do some individual research as part of my studies. It is a course I have encouraged a number of colleagues to undertake as they think about leading in schools.” Jann Robinson, Princial, St Luke's Grammar School


Entry Requirements

Admission requirements vary depending on the specialisation chosen. Please refer to the relevant specialisation for details.

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