Master of Education

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
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$16,600* - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries


Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359  

CRICOS course code084246E
Deakin course code E770


(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

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.

Fee help information for post graduate students information is available on the Deakin web site fee help information

* 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

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 - 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 Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Education applicants require a bachelor degree (min. 3 years) or equivalent from an approved tertiary institution.

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.

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. 

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Education (E500)