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Master of Professional Education and Training

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Professional Education and Training
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 2013

$16,170 - Full-fee paying place

Faculty contacts

Faculty of Arts and Education
Tel 03 5227 3379 or 03 5227 2477 Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Tel 03 9244 3723 Burwood (Melbourne)

Email artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Acting Course Director

Dr Jennifer Angwin, +61 3 522 71495, jennifer.angwin@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 E792
Note: Formerly course code E719

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Professional Education and Training is a coursework program offered via Cloud (online) mode to professional educators and trainers working or intending to work in learning and development, education and training, and human resource development roles. Typically people are engaged in business, government, the training sector, flexible delivery, distance education, higher education, VET in Schools, TAFE teaching or in an area that combines these.


Professional education and training is a highly sophisticated business and becoming more so. As well as serving a very diverse clientele of learners, professional education and training also serves organisational needs for the development of increasingly complex skills and competencies. The MPET has been developed to meet the professional development and career aspirations of educators and trainers working in this context.

For the award of the MPET degree, students are required to satisfactorily complete 8 credit points of study. The course is available through part-time Cloud (online) mode and is normally completed in two or more years. The MPET may be undertaken entirely by coursework, or as a combination of coursework and research.

It is expected that students will have computer and internet access. The MPET is delivered flexibly through a distance education process that brings the Faculty to the student, using high quality learning materials and resources, wherever the students may be. Students study in their place and at times that suit them. Associated with this course flexibility is the negotiation of focus within units through well established and quality affirming processes that enable all students to customise their study to address their own professional interests and workplace issues.

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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 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

Graduates of this course advance their professional standing within their educational and training employment contexts in human resource development roles within the corporate or government sectors, in consultancy roles, in higher education, in vocational education and training and in the adult and community sector.

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Course rules

To be awarded a Master of Professional Education and Training, students are required to successfully complete 8 credit points of study under one of the following configurations:

General coursework only

  • a minimum of 5 credit points selected from any Master of Professional Education and Training units. Participants are encouraged to develop a marketable focus through considered selection of units.
  • Up to 3 credit points from any masters level units either offered by the School of Education or elsewhere chosen in consultation with the MPET course director.

General coursework with research paper

  • a minimum of 3 credit points selected from any Master of Professional Education and Training units, and
  • EXR781 Education Research Methodology*; and
  • EXR791 Designing and Developing a Research Project; and
  • EXR796/797 Research Paper Part A and Part B ** and *** and
  • Up to 2 credit points from any masters level units either offered by the School of Education or elsewhere chosen in consultation with the MPET 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 MPET 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.


*** EXR796 and EXR797 are also offered in trimester 3 subject to availability of appropriate supervisors and in consultation with the course director.

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Course structure

The course is highly flexible, allowing participants to choose units across the range on offer to build the skills and knowledge individual students feel they need.


ECN704 Applied Learning  

ECV704 Expanding Ideas of Competency  

ECV705 Learning and Development in Organisations  

ECV711 Training for Diverse Learners and Contexts  

ECV712 Situated Learning At Work  

ECV722 Assessing Training in the Workplace  

ECX703 Teaching and Learning in An Online World  

ECX712 Strategic Applications of Flexible, Online and Distance Education  

EEN706 Lifelong Learning  

EEN707 Student and Client Centred Learning  

EEN708 Youth Learners in Adult Environments  



(i) Units are subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.


EXE731 Professional Learning and Development  

EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability  

EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

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Teaching methods

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


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

Applicants to this course are expected to have completed at least four years of tertiary study (or equivalent) at a recognised tertiary institution. There is no requirement for specific fields or areas of prior tertiary study. Applicants who hold a Training and Assessment qualification at Certificate IV level or above, or who have significant experience in the field will be highly regarded.

Special entry
Offers will be made to applicants with alternative backgrounds through credit transfer and recognition which respects, and rewards students' prior learning, formal institutional learning and/or workplace learning, that are relevant to the students' proposed study in the course.

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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

Credit transfer and recognition is considered on an individual basis in accordance with University and Faculty policy.
Credit transfer of up to 4 credit points may be granted to applicants who have:

  • completed graduate certificate/graduate diploma/masters units in Education and Training at a fifth year level of tertiary study in addition to minimum entry requirements;
  • completed masters level units at Deakin University or another university;
  • completed the Graduate Certificate of Professional Education and Training at Deakin University; or
  • completed units of the Graduate Certificate of Professional Education and Training at Deakin University at a high level of academic achievement, normally distinction or higher.

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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 Professional Education and Training (E592)

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