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Master of Education

February, July
1.5 years full-time
Part-time available
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF Level 7 degree plus 2 years' professional work experience in education; AQF level 7 degree in education; AQF level 8 qualification with minimum 2 years as professional educator; AQF level 8 qualification in education
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A JCU Master of Education prepares students to work across many roles and industry sectors. Postgraduates possess expertise in leadership, education, change, and communication, and the capacity to be a knowledge leader in a range of contemporary contexts.

Depending on the selected major and area of specialisation, a JCU Master of Education can lead to a career in:

  • National and international schools
  • Higher education and training
  • Corporate learning and development
  • Global education
  • Humanitarian groups
  • Community leadership and engagement
  • National resource management
  • Environmental interpretation
  • Museums and heritage

JCU Education is a leader in transformative adult learning. Internationally recognised experts provide students with the skills and knowledge to advocate for change, drive innovation, and facilitate effective leadership in learning communities.

JCU students complete core subjects to build on undergraduate knowledge and prepare to specialise in their chosen areas. Students can complete the Master of Education either by coursework with a single or double major, or a combination of coursework with a single major and minor thesis.

This 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) innovative master’s degree explores an array of processes, theories and practices across the broad areas of globalisation, leadership, and sustainability. Students gain knowledge and skills to apply their expertise across a range of contexts.

Students learn from an advanced curriculum based on well-developed principles and practices, and work with JCU's internationally-recognised experts.

Note: This Master’s qualification does not lead to teacher registration.

View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects

A Master of Education at JCU offer three majors. Students have the opportunity to design, plan and execute a substantial research and/or inquiry-based project.

Global Contexts

Students develop advanced knowledge and deep understanding of globalisation and culturally responsive educational practice applicable in today's interconnected world. The Global Contexts major provides graduates the ability to critically analyse and evaluate transformative education at the local, national and international level.

Graduates develop advanced knowledge of research principles, processes and practices applicable to global educational practices, processes and global citizenship.

Leadership and Management

Develop the expertise and skills of transformative leadership with advanced capability in critical analysis and evaluation, change, education and communication.

The Leadership and Management major provides opportunities for current and aspiring leaders working in formal education settings, human resources, policy development, community organisations or corporate sectors. JCU graduates have a deep understanding of areas such as educational leadership, transformative digital learning, and leading for change.


Gain specialist knowledge from JCU’s internationally recognised experts in sustainability education. Explore the challenges of learning in the Anthropocene — the current geological age during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

Students build capacity and gain expertise in sustainability education, research and practice, advanced communication, problem solving, and solution focused skills.

View the handbook for detailed subject information.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

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Master of Education

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of:

  • An AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in a discipline other than education, with a minimum 2 years professional work experience in education; or

  • An AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in education, or

  • An AQF level 8 Graduate Certificate in education from one of the following JCU courses: Graduate Certificate of Education for Sustainability; Graduate Certificate in Research Methods [Education]; Graduate Certificate in Career Development; Graduate Certificate in Catholic Education; Graduate Certificate in Education (Academic Practice); or

  • An AQF level 8 Graduate Diploma in education, or

  • An AQF level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree in a discipline other than education, with a minimum 2 years experience working as a professional educator in a management, leadership or supervisory position; or

  • An AQF level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a discipline other than education, with a minimum 2 years experience working as a professional educator in a management, leadership or supervisory position;or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Special admission requirements

Note: this course does not lead to teacher registration.  In exceptional cases applicants may be admitted to the course if they submit other evidence of academic and professional attainments and their candidature is approved by the Division.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Students can complete the Master of Education by one of two options.

Option 1 – All coursework with a single or double major.

Option 2 – Coursework with single major and minor thesis.

Students wishing to select Option 2 must complete the core subjects and achieve a course GPA of at least 5.5.  Admission to Option 2 is subject to the approval of the College Dean on the recommendation of the Head of Academic Group following successful completion of the core subjects.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Education, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of recent developments, discourses and debates in the field, or a sub-field, of Education and/or area of professional practice

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research or inquiry principles applicable to the field, or a sub-field, of Education and/or area of professional practice

  • Investigate, analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts and theories, at an advanced level, and critically reflect on theory in relation to different bodies of knowledge or practice

  • Justify, interpret and present theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • Demonstrate advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, collaborating and advocacy skills for Educational leadership in a field or sub field of Education

  • Design, plan and ethically execute a substantial research and/or inquiry-based project with creativity and initiative and a high level of autonomy and accountability in the field or a sub-field of Education.

Course Structure


ED5880:03 Educational Leadership

ED5911:03 Education for Sustainability

ED5914:03 Individual Researched Action Project

ED5190:03 Introduction to Educational Research


Select one of the following options:

OPTION 1 (All Coursework)

Select a major from Table A


Select a second major from Table A or select 12 credit points of specified ED level 5 subjects from List 1


OPTION 2 (Coursework and Research Project)


ED5097:03 Research Design and Proposal

ED5098:03 Ethics and Methodology

ED5095:06 Research Dissertation


Select a major from Table A


Type of major

Mandatory, Single or Double

Credit points in major

12 credit points

Special requirements





Global Contexts


Leadership and Management


List 1

ED5853:03 Career and Leisure Guidance and Counselling

ED5855:03 Behaviour Management

ED5857:03 Assessment

ED5859:03 Atypical Development

ED5862:03 Foundations of Counselling Theory

ED5863:03 Foundations of Counselling Practice

ED5864:03 Advanced Counselling

ED5881:03 Leading for Change in Curriculum and Pedagogy

ED5882:03 Transformative Digital Learning

ED5883:03 Global Education

ED5912:03 Social Learning Perspectives for a Sustainable Future

ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change






Expected time to complete

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

The maximum credit that will be granted for previous Education studies at AQF Level 8 and recognised prior learning combined is 12 credit points.

Applicants who have accrued two years of full-time (or equivalent) professional experience may be granted credit up to 12 credit points for non-core subjects except for studies and/or professional experiences undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements for JCU awards.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Certificate of Education.

Course articulation

Students who are enrolled in Option 2 and successfully complete the Master of Education and who obtain at least an average of Distinction for the subjects within the major and a minimum GPA of 5.5 overall, may be eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy [Education] or the Doctor of Education [Research].

Annual Tuition Fee: $21,520 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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