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Master of Education

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

This program will help you to respond to changing educational environments and develop, implement and evaluate innovative, evidence-based solutions. The core studies cover educational research, the nature of educational organisations, the process of learning and teaching, and information and communication technologies (ICT) in education, and you will then be able to develop an in-depth understanding of at least one specialist area: Advanced Practices in Learning and Teaching, ICT in Education, and Higher Education.

You will have the opportunity develop your skills in three key abilities: to access the most up to date sources of research and scholarship in Education, to analyse and synthesise this sometimes highly technical literature, and to effectively communicate the results to both academic and non-academic audiences. Subjects are designed to refine and enhance your knowledge and skills by applying them to authentic problems, tasks, and scenarios. 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.

Knowledge management, critical thinking, and communicative capabilities acquired through this degree will serve not only to enhance the educational institution in which you work and the capacities of your professional community, it will also to lay the foundation for your own lifelong learning.

Please note that this is not a teaching qualification.

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

Key benefits
- 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 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
Whilst many of our students are teachers in schools, and our programs aligned with the AITSL standards for teachers, the Master of Education is structured in such a way as to be equally beneficial to anyone involved in learning and teaching, educational development and design, or administration and support in TAFE, higher education, government, non-government organisations, or industry.

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.

Recognition of prior learning
Course Duration
- 1.5 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline;
Bachelor degree in any discipline and work experience (minimum 2 years full-time) relevant to the chosen specialisation in relevant area.

- 1 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline and work experience (minimum 3 years full-time) in a relevant area;
Bachelor degree in any discipline and work experience (minimum 5 years full-time) in a relevant area;
Honours, Graduate Diploma, Masters (coursework), or Higher Degree Research in a relevant discipline.

- Relevant disciplines

- Relevant areas
Experience relating to governance, policy, management, development or implementation of curriculum, learning and teaching, assessment or evaluation, in early childhood and school settings, vocational and higher education providers, or the advocacy, professional and regulatory bodies associated with them, and the education and training operations of government, non-government and industry organisations.

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

- Career Opportunities
This degree is designed to assist career advancement of teachers and those working in education and policy development in the public or private sector.

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

Entry Requirements

Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in education; or Australian level 7 qualification or recognised equivalent with 2 years full-time equivalent work experience relevant to the chosen specialisation

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