Master of Education

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Education
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$21,250* AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code084246E
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Deakin course code E770
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry


(i) New course commencing 2015.

(ii) This is not an initial teacher education qualification. Students wishing to enter the profession of teaching should instead consider E760 Master of Teaching or E730 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Education is offered to professional educators and other professionals. Students undertake a mixture of coursework units and a research paper/thesis.

The Master of Education builds upon the Graduate Certificate offered within the Faculty and may articulate to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
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.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

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.

* 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 2014, 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 2014 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

This course offers relevant professional learning to qualified teachers who seek to move into, or who already occupy, leadership, coordination, specialist or professional development positions in school systems, or who seek to move from school education to other education and training sectors.

Course rules

To be awarded a Master of Education, students are required to successfully complete 16 credit points in one of the following configurations:

Option 1. Students must successfully complete:

• 4 credit points of foundational units

• 2 credit points of core units

• 4 credit points of research units (EXR781, EXR791, EXR796, EXR797)

• 4 credit points of electives from a single specialist strand

• 2 credit points of electives from another specialist strand

Option 2. Students must successfully complete:

• 4 credit points of foundational units

• 2 credit points of core units

• 6 credit points of research units (EXR781, EXR791, EXR798 (2cp), EXR799(2cp))

• 4 credit points of electives from a single specialist strand

Note: Professional Education and Training and International Education specialisations only available in Cloud (online) mode.

Course structure

Foundational units

EXE721Assessment and Learning

EXE722Curriculum and Pedagogy

EXE735Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability

EXE736Knowledge, Learning and Learners

Core units

EXE723Curriculum and Assessment Design

EXE734New Technologies in Education and Training

Research units

EXR781Education Research Methodology

EXR791Designing and Developing a Research Project

EXR796Research Paper Part A

EXR797Research Paper Part B

EXR798Minor Thesis Part A (2 credit point unit)

EXR799Minor Thesis Part B (2 credit point unit)

Specialist strands

Professional Education and Training

ECN704Applied Learning: Theories and Practice

EXE731Professional Learning and Development

ECN722Assessment in the Workplace

ECN725Teaching Strategies for Vocational Pathways

Inclusive Education

EIE701Personalising Learning: Curriculum and Assessment

EIE702Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom

EIE703Designing Engagement for Learning

EIE704Supporting Communication in Inclusive Classrooms

International Education (full strand not available in 2015)

EEG701Contemporary Issues in International Education

EEG702Professional Learning in International Contexts

EEG703Governance and Capacity Building in International Education

EEG704Curriculum and Assessment in International Schools

Note: Professional Education and Training and International Education specialisations only available in Cloud (online) mode.

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or major sequence in the field of Education, whether or not it is an initial teacher qualification or approved international equivalent.

Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

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. (more details)

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

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact