The Master of Education is a comprehensive degree that provides an opportunity for existing teachers and other education practitioners to upskill and enhance their research ability and expertise in particular areas of education theory and practice.
You will have a great deal of flexibility when choosing your units, allowing you to chart your individual pathway through the Master of Education, acquiring dynamic skills in specialised areas of education such as career counselling, inclusive practices in the classroom and embedding indigenous themes into the curriculum.
There are several ways to attain your Master of Education, depending on your background. Each pathway allows you to combine five core Master Units, along with a combination of units or Graduate Certificates in the following specialisation areas:
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What you will learn
Handle your ongoing professional development independently to ensure your skill set remains relevant to the evolving needs of the education sector.
Plan lessons that employ digital technology in dynamic and engaging ways that prepare students for future work in digital workplaces.
Perform nuanced research projects within a range of contexts, covering your specialist areas of interest, and thereby contributing to the broad and evolving field of education research, which ultimately informs best practice in the classroom.
Ethical and legal awareness
Develop awareness of the unique ethical and legal responsibilities educators must exemplify and uphold in all aspects of teaching and learning.
If you are already a qualified teacher, you will be able to complete a shortened program that includes the Final Stage Master Units below, plus a Graduate Certificate teaching specialisation of your choice. This will take one year of full-time study.
If you come from a non-teaching background, you have three pathways available, each taking 1.5 years of full-time study to complete.
1. Complete the Master Units below, plus two Graduate Certificate specialisations of your choice.
2. Complete the Master Units below, plus one Graduate Certificate specialisation of your choice, plus 48 credit points' worth of units from the five available education specialisations, which you are free to mix and match.
3. Complete the Master Units below, plus 96 credit points' worth of units that you can freely select from the five available specialisations.
Education research is varied, and combines a number of methods to gather data, and develop insights that inform curriculum design and education best practice in the classroom.
This introduces the foundations of education research, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed research approaches. You will develop a foundational understanding of empirical research concepts and design, common methods, the trustworthiness and validity of research findings, as well as ethical considerations. By doing so you will strengthen your understanding education research so you will be able to better assess the quality of research in terms of design, methodology, rigour and ethics.
EUQ662 Ethics and Integrity in Educational Research
Unit code: EUQ662
About this unit
This unit helps students develop an understanding of the ethical considerations that underpin education design, development and review of contemporary educational research.
You will explore the core principles and behaviours that govern responsible research conduct, and learn why research ethics and integrity are so important, and how these issues relate to different research methodologies and special populations.
EUQ663 Program Logic Models for Evaluation Research
Unit code: EUQ663
About this unit
Program logic models depict the activities or actions taken in a program, and the expected short, medium and long term outcomes expected to be achieved. For example, in an education context, when a school introduces a new transition-to-school program, what activities does it actually involve (classroom visits, parent information sessions); and what outcomes and aims are desirable in the short term (child comfort in the setting) as well as the longer term (parental engagement with the school).
The process of developing program logic models helps individuals and teams in many fields better articulate exactly what it is they are trying to achieve in their work, and acts to bring everyone onto "the same page".
In this unit you will learn about the theory and practice of program logic modelling within education contexts, and its uses for program development and evaluation as a type of research.
EUQ664 Practitioner Inquiry – Researching your own Practice
Unit code: EUQ664
About this unit
In this unit you will explore practitioner-led approaches to research, a form of research that values and promotes the knowledge of practitioners such as teachers.
You will learn about a range of approaches within this family of research. For example, design-based research; action research; and participatory action research. By doing so you will cover the specifics regarding the roles of practitioners and researchers, as well as research problems, design methods, and issues of rigour.
The unit will culminate in the preparation of a practitioner inquiry proposal.
The design and use of surveys is an important aspect of Education research, and vital in the way it informs curriculum decisions and evidence-based teaching methods.
In this unit you will gain knowledge about conceptualising, designing, conducting and evaluating survey research, thereby helping you build "survey literacy". You will learn how to develop research questions/hypotheses, basic statistical modelling for hypothesis testing, and how to design a survey questionnaire that can produce essential data.
Ultimately you will be encouraged to consider using survey research to problematise, inform, or improve contemporary educational practice.
You will have the option select a unit from an education specialisation of your choice. You will be free to mix and match these units according to your interests and the expertise you wish to gain from the course. However, some units do have prerequisites, and you will only be able to select these units if you meet the requirements.
The specialisations include:
Career Development and Counselling
Innovative Learning Design
Autism and Inclusive Practices.
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Play a varied leadership role as lead teacher, facilitating team teaching lessons, modelling effective and pedagogically-sound teaching practice for newer teachers, and providing mentorship and supervision.
Design and develop online course content for primary, secondary, tertiary and professional education providers, collaborating with stakeholders as part of a learning design team.
Digital Learning Lead
Use your sophisticated understanding of digital technology, oversee digital engagement programs within primary, secondary, tertiary and professional education contexts. This ensures students acquire the skills they need to succeed in the increasingly digital world.
Seamlessly structure and integrate digital technology into contemporary curriculum frameworks, ensuring classroom teachers have the guidance and support they need to best equip students with future-ready digital skills.
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