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Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration)
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014

$16,110 - Full-fee paying place

Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education

Tel 03 9246 8100  or  03 5227 1359

Email artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Directors

Athena Vongalis-Macrow, +61 3 924 46625, athena.vongalis-macrow@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Deakin course code E746

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Education (MEd) is offered to professional educators. You can choose to do coursework only, or you can combine coursework with a research paper.

The Master of Education builds upon graduate certificates offered within the Faculty and, if undertaken with a research paper, may articulate to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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.

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.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course enhance their professional standing and opportunities for promotion to leadership positions within schools, TAFE and universities as well as increasing the possibility of employment within organisations committed to learning as a central feature of their activity such as health and welfare organisations, service industries and consultancy and development agencies.

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Course rules

To be awarded a Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration), students are required to successfully complete 8 credit points of study under one of the following configurations:

Coursework only for appellation

  • a minimum of 5 credit points from units listed for the Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration) (including selected generic units chosen in consultation with MEd course director) of which at least three are specific to the appellation; and
  • up to 3 credit points from any units at masters level offered by the School of Education.

Note: The coursework-only degree does not qualify for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy program. Future doctoral applicants with this degree will need to undertake research studies at the required standard equivalent to those in the research pathway (see below).

Coursework with research paper for appellation

  • a minimum of 3 credit points from units listed for the Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration) (including selected generic units chosen in consultation with course director) of which at least two are specific to the appellation;
  • EXR781 Education Research Methodology*; and
  • EXR791 Designing and Developing a Research Project; and
  • EXR796/797 Research Paper Part A and Part B ** undertaken in the chosen specialist area, and
  • up to 2 credit points from any unit at masters level offered by the School of Education chosen in consultation with the MEd course director.

*Where students have an equivalent research study and/or experience this unit may be replaced with another 1 credit point unit in consultation with the MEd course director.

 

** Research Paper Part A and Part B may be available to complete within the same trimester, but only after consultation with the course director.

Coursework with minor thesis for appellation

  • two credit points of units specific to the Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration);
  • EXR781 Education Research Methodology*; and
  • EXR791 Designing and Developing a Research Project; and
  • EXR798/799 Minor Thesis Part A and Part B ** undertaken in the chosen specialist area, and
  • up to 1 credit point from any unit at Masters level offered by the School of Education chosen in consultation with the MEd course director.

Note: Only available in special cases with approval from the MEd course director after completion of two units at distinction level or higher.

*Where students have an equivalent research study and/or experience this unit may be replaced with another 1 credit point unit in consultation with the MEd course director.

 

** Minor Thesis Part A and Part B may be available to complete within the same trimester, but only after consultation with the course director.

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Course structure


Students who wish to undertake a course with appellation will select appropriate specialist units in consultation with the relevant course director, taking into account any particular course requirements for that particular appellation.

Specialist units for appellation

Trimester 1 and trimester 3

ECM704 Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration  

 

 

Trimester 1

 

EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  


Trimester 2

ECM705 School Cultures and Contexts  

EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability  

Note: ECM704, ECM705, EXE737 are specific for this appellation

Generic units

Ten generic units have been developed for the Masters programs. They focus on contemporary educational issues which can be applied to any specialist study and are designed to be compatible with on-line technologies and to complement the specialist units. Each generic unit may be tailored toward the specialist interests of the student.
EXE731 Professional Learning and Development  

EXE732 Social Justice and Difference  

EXE733 Assessing Learning  

EXE734 New Technologies in Education and Training  

 

EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability  

EXE736 Knowledge, Learning and Learners  

EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  

EXE739 Internationalising the Curriculum  

EXE740 Independent Reading Study  

 

Note: EXE734 is a wholly Cloud (online) unit

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Teaching methods

Students receive instructional materials offered through CloudDeakin, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers and classmates is also provided through use of CloudDeakin, email and telephone links.

Articulation

Masters courses require a research component to lead to a Doctor of Philosophy.

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Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

The normal minimum educational requirement is:

  • four years of tertiary study  inclusive of or in addition to an approved teaching qualification or
  • four years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to at least three years teaching experience.

Candidates with:

  • three years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to an approved teaching qualification or
  • three years of tertiary study inclusive of or in addition to at least three years teaching experience

who have satisfactorily completed a Graduate Certificate of Education at credit level or higher may be eligible to enrol directly into the Master of Education.

Special entry
Special entry is also available and assessed at the time of application.

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Credit for prior learning - general

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.

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Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered as follows:

  • Applicants who have completed graduate certificate/graduate diploma/masters units at a fifth-year level (in addition to four-year minimum entry requirements) are eligible to apply for up to 4 credit points for credit transfer;
  • Applicants who have completed modules with assessment through the Victorian Professional Development Network (in addition to four-year minimum entry requirements) are eligible to apply for up to 2 credit points for credit transfer;

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Education (E500)
Graduate Certificate of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration) (E546)
 

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