Master of Education (Leadership and Management)



The management of learning is becoming a feature of many complex organisations that see themselves as 'learning organisations'. This course explores what might constitute the responsibilities of those involved in managing such organisations and the learning processes within them. While schools are a focus of much of the work in this program the basic ideas are equally applicable to other learning organizations and those who work within them.

As a graduate of this course you will possess an understanding of contemporary education issues and discourses; have high-level critical and evaluative skills; translate into practice your experiences and understandings of the program; and select appropriate research methods and techniques for educational research projects.


Key facts


This course is 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent duration. 


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

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

Key information

Award granted

Master of Education (Leadership and Management)


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$23,920 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

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

Completion of a bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in the same discipline area or major sequence within the field of Education, whether or not it is an initial teacher qualification, or approved international equivalent; OR

Completion of a bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area plus a Graduate Certificate in the Education discipline area. 

Note: when the alternate admission is used, no credit will be granted for the Graduate Certificate studies, which have already been recognised in granting admission. Where necessary students will be granted a preclusion, and will undertake other postgraduate units offered by the School to replace the precluded units.

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 must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

Research Information

Students are able to undertake one of two options for research training and research in the course. Each option has a common foundation that is based on an introductory unit of one credit point in research design & method. This research study is then further supported by one of the three research options:

Option 1: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Research Paper (2 credit points);

Option 2: advanced research training of one credit point of either quantitative or qualitative research methods; and Minor Thesis (4 credit points).

Career outcomes

Graduates of this course enhance their professional standing and opportunities for promotion to leadership positions within the school teaching sector and allied areas. 

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Use advanced and integrated understanding of the development of contemporary educational management and leadership in evidence based research in the field of educational management and leadership and apply theoretical knowledge to practice 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 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. 

  • 4 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

Option 2.

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

# EDX coded units formerly EXR coded units. 

Core units

  • Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration ECM704
  • Education, Governance, Quality and Accountability ECM706
  • Leading and Managing Learning Organisations EXE737
  • Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts EXE738
  • Options 1 & 2

    Option 1

  • 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 

    Option 2

  • 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)  (Formerly EXR799)
  • plus either 

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

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • plus 2 electives from a single specialist strand

    Specialist strands

    Professional Education and Training

  • Applied Learning in the Postcompulsory Education and Training Sector ECJ723 (not offered 2017)
  • Applied Learning: Theories and Practice ECN704
  • Assessment Frameworks and Equity in the Workplace ECN722
  • Professional Learning and Development EXE731
  • International Education 

  • 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
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    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Cloud (online)

    Tel 03 5227 1359

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, 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.

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    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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