Master of Education, majoring in Sustainability

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Education, majoring in Sustainability

The Sustainability major in the Master of Education develops your skills and knowledge to a high level so that you can communicate and innovate sustainability education programs in formal and informal education.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus

Career opportunities

The Master of Education offers flexible learning options. All students enrolled in the Master of Education study four core (common) subjects and then choose one or two majors.

The Master of Education is a post graduate qualification designed to boost your career prospects and specialise in particular areas of interest. It does not lead to teacher registration.

Studying the Sustainability major enhances your expertise in local, regional, national and international issues of sustainability and stewardship of national resources. You will:

  • Be exposed to issues associated with local ecosystems, including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and World Heritage Areas including the Wet and Dry Tropics
  • Understand the international, national, and relevant state frameworks, statements, policies, curriculum initiatives and resources regarding education for sustainability
  • Discover the roles of local communities in contributing to stewardship
  • Gain an appreciation of our outstanding natural assets within a global context.

Applicants may receive advanced standing (credit for relevant previous study and/or professional experience) of up to 12 credit points towards this course.

Other majors include: Leadership & Management and Global Contexts.

Course highlights

JCU is a signatory to the Talloires Declaration – an international commitment to sustainability in higher education, making us one of 350  universities across 40 countries to commit to a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach.

We offer courses and subjects that develop knowledge and skills for education for sustainability, based on principles and practice implemented through the United Nation’s Decade of Sustainable Development 2005-2014.

Education subjects cover the challenges of learning in the Anthropocene, the current Australian curriculum and national and international framing documents and ideas as well as communication skills, pedagogies and the latest developments in education for sustainability research and practice.

Course overview

This course is relevant to teachers, trainers, school leaders, administrators, and others seeking to upgrade their sustainability knowledge and expertise.

The sustainability major is a flexible offering, with face-to-face study on campus in Townsville or Cairns, and with one subject available externally (online). This major is not offered in Singapore.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


Subjects

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

ED5912:03 Social Learning Perspectives for a Sustainable Future

ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

EV5002:03 Environmental Impact Assessment

EV5009:03 Foundations of Natural Resource Management

EV5013:03 Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions

EV5015:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise

Pathway into course

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

Handbook

MEd – Sustainability Major

Major code

MED-SUT

Credit points

12 credit points

Major Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

ED5912:03 Social Learning Perspectives for a Sustainable Future

ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specified level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

EV5002:03 Environmental Impact Assessment

EV5009:03 Foundations of Natural Resource Management

EV5013:03 Climate Change: The Science, Impacts and Solutions

EV5015:03 Sustainability in Practice

EV5252:03 Indigenous Environmental Management

EV5601:03 Social Impact Assessment: Environmental Management

LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.