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Master of Education (Sustainability)


Course Description

The course explores local, regional, national and international issues of sustainability and stewardship of national resources.

Make a difference

If you undertake our Education for Sustainability course you will:
*Be exposed to issues associated with local ecosystems, including the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas
*explore local, regional, national and international issues for sustainability and stewardship of national resources
*discover the roles local communities can have in contributing to stewardship
*gain an appreciation of our outstanding natural assets within a global context.

Who is this course for?

This course is relevant to teachers, trainers, school leaders, administrators; education and communication officer and to any individual seeking to upgrade their sustainability expertise.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Education, graduates will be able to:
*Demonstrate advanced knowledge of recent developments, discourses and debates in the field, or a sub-field, of Education and/or area of professional practice
*Demonstrate knowledge of research or inquiry principles applicable to the field, or a sub-field, of Education and/or area of professional practice
*Investigate, analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts and theories, at an advanced level, and critically reflect on theory in relation to different bodies of knowledge or practice
*Justify, interpret and present theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
*Demonstrate advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, collaborating and advocacy skills for Educational leadership in a field or sub field of Education
*Design, plan and ethically execute a substantial research and/or inquiry-based project with creativity and initiative and a high level of autonomy and accountability in the field or a sub-field of Education.

Award title

MASTER OF EDUCATION (MEd)

Course pre-requisites

Completion of:
*An AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in a discipline other than education, with a minimum 2 years professional work experience in education; or
*An AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in education, or
*An AQF level 8 Graduate Certificate in education from one of the following JCU courses: Graduate Certificate of Education for Sustainability; Graduate Certificate in Research Methods [Education]; Graduate Certificate in Career Development; Graduate Certificate in Catholic Education; Graduate Certificate in Education (Academic Practice); or
*An AQF level 8 Graduate Diploma in education, or
*An AQF level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree in a discipline other than education, with a minimum 2 years experience working as a professional educator in a management, leadership or supervisory position; or
*An AQF level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a discipline other than education, with a minimum 2 years experience working as a professional educator in a management, leadership or supervisory position;or
Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 2 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0), OR
*TOEFL – 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 90 (minimum writing score of 21), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 64

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2– Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

JCU is now a signatory to the Talloires Declaration – an international commitment to sustainability in higher education making us one of 350 universities across 40 countries to commit to a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach.
James Cook University offers courses to develop knowledge and skills for education for sustainability based on principles and practice implemented through the United Nation’s Decade of Sustainable Development 2005-2014.
Education subjects cover the challenges of learning in the Anthropocene, the current Australian curriculum and national and international framing documents and ideas as well as communication skills, pedagogies and the latest developments in education for sustainability research and practice.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Master of Education (Sustainability) page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience. (see ''Course pre-requisites'' for further details)

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