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Master of Education
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.
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 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.
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.
You will need to supply the following with your application
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)
If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject.
Certified copies and original documents
Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA
If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.
An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.
Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.
- Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
- Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
- Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
- Submit your application.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Education
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
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
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:
ED5880:03 Educational Leadership
ED5911:03 Education for Sustainability
ED5914:03 Individual Researched Action Project
ED5190:03 Introduction to Educational Research
Choose one of the following options:
Option 1 – All Coursework
Option 2 – Coursework and Research Project
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
ED5097:03 Research Design and Proposal
ED5098:03 Ethics and Methodology
ED5095:06 Research Dissertation
Select a major from Table A
TABLE A (MAJORS)
Type of major
Single or Double
Credit points in major
12 credit points
ED5853:03 Career and Leisure Guidance and Counselling
ED5855:03 Behaviour Management
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
|Not all majors are available|
Not all majors are available
Expected time to complete
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
18 credit points
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
The maximum advanced standing 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 advanced standing 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.
MASTER OF EDUCATION
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.
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].
- 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
- 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be issued a JCU degree offer conditional upon achieving the required scores in an approved English test. You can undertake an English program at JCU to improve your skills prior to sitting your English test. If you are interested in doing this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$29,400 (Estimate only.)For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Postgraduate Guide (PDF, 8034 KB)
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
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.
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