Master of Education (Leadership and Learning)

Postgraduate coursework

Build the knowledge and networks to become an inspiring leader. Advance your career in education and make a real difference in your organisation.

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Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent*

*Dependant upon chosen research pathway, PhD pathway is delivered via 2 years part-time study.


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

The Master of Education (Leadership and Learning) is a postgraduate degree for qualified teachers and educators looking to develop and enhance leadership capabilities.

Are you ready to lead and inspire change in education?

Leaders in education are challenged to inspire new ways of thinking and learning in our communities. They foster growth and development of educational organisations in ways that are responsive to global and local issues. Studying a Master of Education (Leadership and Learning) is an opportunity ­­­­­to make a real difference in your organisation.

Your interest and passion for educational leadership will be explored through practical learning experiences, supported by teaching staff with extensive research and education expertise.

You will study eight units in total which can be completed in as little as 12-months if studied full-time, or 2 years if studied part-time, depending on your individual course plan.

The four core units for this course have been designed to build your knowledge and skills in relation to (i) educational context, policy and leadership in challenging times, (ii) evidence, analysis and evaluation for educational improvement, (iii) leadership for staff development and well-being, and (iv) leading and managing innovation, change and improvement.

You will be able to complete the full complement of eight units by selecting unit sequences chosen from additional combinations of research preparation units and a range of specialist elective studies. The course provides a pathway to PhD if you are interested in furthering your research.

Help build the knowledge, skills and networks necessary for inspiring and innovative leaders in education.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Education (Leadership and Learning)

2024 course information

Deakin code
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Education (Leadership and Learning) students must complete 8 credit points comprising:

Four (4) credit points of core units

And one of the following combinations* of research units:

Option 1: PhD Pathway

  • 4 credit points of research units (EDX701, EDX712, EDX703, EDX704)


Option 2: Non-PhD Pathway

  • 2 credit points of research units (EDX701, EDX707), plus
  • 2 credit points of course electives from the recommended elective sequence units

*Please note students who complete four (4) credit point research unit pathway will be eligible for a PhD pathway. Students who complete the two (2) credit point research unit pathway will not be eligible for a PhD pathway.


Core units


Research pathway/Elective unit


Total units

Core units

  • Educational Context, Policy and Leadership in Challenging Times
  • Evidence, Analysis and Evaluation for Educational Improvement
  • Leading for Staff Development and Well-Being
  • Leading and Managing Innovation, Change and Improvement
  • Option 1 or 2

    Option 1: PhD Pathway

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Theory and Methodology in Education Research
  • Research Paper A
  • Research Paper B
  • Option 2: Non-PhD Pathway

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Independent Research Project for Professional Practice
  • Plus 2 credit points of course electives from a recommended elective sequence

    Course Electives - Recommended Elective Sequences

    Adult, Vocational Education and Training:

  • Designing, Teaching and Assessment in Adult, Vocational Education and Training
  • Contextualising Learning and Teaching in Adult, Vocational Education and Training
  • Applied Learning ^:

  • Applied Learning: Theories and Practice
  • Teaching Strategies for Vocational Pathways *
  • ^Not available for international students

    *Includes a 15-day vocational education professional experience

    Early Childhood:

  • Diverse Environments and Pedagogies
  • Teacher as Leader
  • Education Business Leadership

  • Education Business Planning and Capacity Building
  • Understanding Funding and Finance for Educational Outcomes
  • Higher Education:

  • Designing and Teaching Student-Centred Learning Programs in Higher Education
  • Designing and Implementing Assessment for Learning in Higher Education
  • Inclusive Education:

  • Teaching and Learning in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Social Justice and Difference
  • International Baccalaureate:

  • Inquiry Learning Through the International Baccalaureate (PYP)
  • Assessing and Documenting Learning in the Global Early Years Context

  • Internationalising the Curriculum
  • Pedagogic Grammar
  • Trauma-Responsive Education:

  • Refugee Trauma and Education
  • Trauma and Learning
  • Please note students who complete four (4) credit point research unit pathway will be eligible for a PhD pathway. Students who complete the two (2) credit point research unit pathway will not be eligible for a PhD pathway.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    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 E737 Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

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    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor honours degree or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline and at least two years' of relevant work experience

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of prior learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $4,445 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

    Learn more about fees.

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are available for this course.

    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 Recognition of prior learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    What is FEE-HELP?

    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $51,550.

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    Please note that the fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and actual fees may vary. Users are advised to confirm the actual course fee with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.

    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
    • assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
    • assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
    • assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Indigenous students

    Courses at Deakin are flexible and culturally inclusive. Explore the various ways you can apply to study this course - including through the NIKERI Institute and via the Indigenous Access Scheme.

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    Research Information

    Students are introduced to research training through a one credit point introductory unit in research design & method; and this training is deepened through an additional research unit and/or completion of research via a Research Paper (two credit points).

    Entry pathways

    Applicants who have successfully completed a Deakin-provided Graduate Certificate course in an education-related study will be offered a guaranteed entry. 

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Career outcomes

    • Looking for career progression in the education sector?
    • Are you an emerging or experienced educational leader ready to be challenged?

    With employment in Education and Training projected to grow by 149,600 by November 2026* there has never been a greater need for leaders in education.

    Working across a broad range of educational contexts, including schools, early childhood education, higher education, vocational and professional education Deakin understands the career opportunities are significant and welcome the opportunity to help you achieve your goals.

    Develop specialist skills to advance the careers of emerging and established educational leaders in various roles. You may be working in or aspiring to work in one of the following roles:

    • School Principal
    • School Assistant Principal
    • Lead School Teacher
    • Year Group Coordinator
    • Higher Education Manager
    • Early Childhood Director
    • Early Childhood Assistant Director
    • School or Faculty/Department Manager
    • Educational Administrator
    • Curriculum Leader
    • Program Leader
    • HR Manager
    • Organisational Development Manager
    • Director – Corporate Services
    • Corporate Education Lead

    *Employment outlook Industry and occupation trends over the five years to November 2026, National Skills Commission, Australian Government.

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge of key principles, theories and evidence-informed practice supporting ethical and sustainable leadership in education contexts.


    Interpret and justify contemporary and innovative leadership practices that are responsive to current global and local challenges faced by education leaders and utilise effective communication to inform and motivate change.

    Digital literacy

    Use digital technologies to conduct effective research into matters related to educational leadership in local and global contexts and apply digital literacy skills to support effective communication with wider audiences

    Critical thinking

    Critically review current literature and research informing educational leadership contexts, policy and practices, and apply analytic and strategic thinking to implement informed judgements and effective change.

    Problem solving

    Apply research skills to design and conduct an evidence-informed investigation of a local educational leadership problem and communicate findings to the wider audience.


    Demonstrate advanced levels of personal leadership and professional independence to plan and implement effective investigations and change proposals.


    Work effectively with colleagues and relevant team members to develop, refine and conduct investigations and change proposals.

    Global citizenship

    Engage ethically and productively in matters relating to leadership practice and research, and demonstrate respect and integrity in relation to First Nation’s peoples and diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

    Approved by Faculty Board June 2022

    Preparing educational leaders for leadership in challenging times

    Discover how you can become a more effective and impactful educational leader through Deakin's Master of Education (Leadership and Learning). Presented by The Educator and Deakin University.

    * U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023
    # Time Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021