Master of Education



Graduates of this course will possess an understanding of contemporary education issues and discourses; have high-level critical and evaluative skills; will be able to translate into practice their experiences and understandings of the program; and will have demonstrated their ability to undertake educational research projects.


Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Cloud Campus

Note: This is not an initial teacher education qualification. Students wishing to enter the profession of teaching should instead consider one of the Master of Teaching courses or E730 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching

Key information

Award granted

Master of Education


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin code





Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree in the same discipline area (ie. any major sequence in the field of Education, whether or not it is an initial teacher qualification)


  • Bachelor degree in any discipline area plus a Graduate Certificate in the Education discipline area. 

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

Please note: No credit will be granted for Graduate Certificate studies, as this will have already been recognised in granting admission into the course. 

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. 

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

Research Information

Students are introduced to research training through a one credit point introductory unit in research design & method; and this training is deepened in either a qualitative or quantitative method research unit of one credit point.  This research training is then demonstrated through completion of research via a Research Paper (two credit points) or Minor Thesis (four credit points).

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy, evidence-based assessment and program evaluation; apply this knowledge to research and in a range of professional learning and educational contexts. 


Employ a range of oral and written communication skills and standards required of professional educators and learning professionals to be able to transmit complex knowledge in professional and scholarly contexts 

Digital literacy

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of and proficiency in a range of digital technologies to research, analyse, report, evaluate and communicate within education contexts and for further learning.

Critical thinking

Demonstrate high level skills in the critical analysis and synthesis of complex ideas in research and professional practice in the discipline of education. 

Problem solving

 Demonstrate expert and specialist knowledge of relevant learning theories to identify, analyse and evaluate authentic problems of practice, and generate informed and innovative solutions.


Apply the knowledge and skills required of professional educators and learning professionals to demonstrate autonomy, leadership and expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in education contexts, research and for further learning. 


Work effectively and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team to create solutions to authentic problems of practice. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate high level understanding of, and the capacity to engage ethically and productively in professional contexts with diverse communities and in a global context.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014


Course Structure

Students must complete 12 credit points in one of the following configurations:

Option 1: Dual Specialist Strand

  • 2 credit points of core units
  • 4 credit points of research units (EDX701,EDX702 or AIX708, EDX703, EDX704)#
  • 4 credit points of electives from a single specialist strand
  • 2 credit points of electives from another specialist strand

Option 2: Research Intensive Strand

  • 2 credit points of core units
  • 6 credit points of research units (EDX701, EDX702 or AIX708, EDX705 (2cp), EDX706 (2cp))#
  • 4 credit points of electives from a single specialist strand

# EDX coded units formerly EXR coded units.

Core units

Core units

  • Curriculum and Assessment Design EXE723
  • New Technologies in Education and Training EXE734
  • Option 1 or 2

    Option 1: Dual Specialist Strands

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701 (Formerly EXR781/EXR782)
  • Research Paper A EDX703 (Formerly EXR796)
  • Research Paper B EDX704 (Formerly EXR797)
  • Plus either

  • Qualitative Research in Education EDX702 (Formerly EXR791)
  • Or

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Plus 4 electives from a single specialist strand 

    Plus 2 electives from another specialist strand 

    Option 2: Research Intensive Strand

  • Research Design Development and Method EDX701 (Formerly EXR781/EXR782)
  • Minor Thesis A EDX705 (2 credit points)  (Formerly EXR798)
  • Minor Thesis B EDX706 (2 credit points)  (FormerlyEXR799)
  • Plus either

  • Qualitative Research in Education EDX702 (Formerly EXR791)
  • Or

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Plus 4 electives from a single specialist strand 

    Specialist strands

    Professional Education and Training

    Available Cloud (online) only

  • Applied Learning in the Postcompulsory Education and Training Sector ECJ723
  • Applied Learning: Theories and Practice ECN704
  • Assessment Frameworks and Equity in the Workplace ECN722
  • Professional Learning and Development EXE731
  • Inclusive Education 

  • Personalising Learning EIE701
  • Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom EIE702
  • Designing Engagement for Learning EIE703
  • Supporting Communication in Inclusive Classrooms EIE704
  • International Education

    Available Cloud (online) only

  • Contemporary Issues in International Education EEG701
  • Professional Learning Theory and Practice in International Education EEG702
  • Governance and Capacity Building in International Education EEG703
  • Curriculum and Assessment in International Schools EEG704
  • How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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