Available to off-shore students only
- Online: February, July
+estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load
Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible
1.5 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
AQF level 7 degree plus 2 years' professional work experience in education; or AQF level 7 degree in education; or AQF level 8 qualification with minimum 2 years as professional educator; or AQF level 8 qualification in education
English language requirements
If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.
Ready to take the next step in your career and become a leader in the field of Education? JCU’s Master of Education is designed for professionals currently working in Education or who hold formal education qualifications and wish to take on leadership, management, academic or coordinating roles.
This Master of Education degree has a strong focus on leadership across a range of learning communities and contexts. You will consider how globalisation influences the discipline of Education and its delivery. In subjects such as Educational Leadership and Education for Sustainability, you will explore the ethical practice of educational leadership, the contemporary theories of effective leadership, the elements and methods of leadership development, and strategies for leading change in organisational processes and performance.
You will also learn about how educating for sustainability and educating sustainably is one of the key issues of our time. You will understand the importance of being a leader who emphasises addressing this issue. Gain an awareness of the contemporary approaches to education for sustainability in a range of teaching and learning contexts. Your expert grasp of education policy, curriculum, pedagogy, communication theory and research in education for sustainability will equip you to become a teacher, educator and leader who drives positive, sustainable change.
JCU’s Master of Education is structured to allow you to pursue your interests and personal career goals. You can choose to complete the Master of Education through one of two options: all coursework with a major in Educational Leadership; or coursework with a major in Educational Research, which includes the completion of a research project.
Gain the advanced knowledge, experience and skills to be a teacher, educator and leader in education, making a difference at a personal, organisational and policy level. Learn how to lead for effective change, enhancement or improvement. JCU Master of Education graduates are highly valued for their strong transferrable skills and understanding of the needs and challenges faced by communities in the Tropics.
View the handbook for more information.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Master of Education. Additional information
A Master of Education at JCU offers two majors. Students have the opportunity to specialise in Educational Leadership, or Educational Research, where they will design, plan and execute a substantial research and/or inquiry-based project.
Develop advanced knowledge and understanding of ethical practices within educational leadership. Critically reflect on current issues facing the profession and understand the key aspects of both becoming a leader and developing this capacity in others. Embrace the future of education by examining how best to combine teaching philosophies with the changing landscape of digital literacy. Become equipped to face local and global challenges to education and technology. Hone your curriculum design and implementation skills to lead pedagogical changes with confidence.
Investigate a topic or issue of your choice within the field of education. You will undertake a small-scale research project, producing a 10,000 – 12,000-word dissertation under the guidance of supportive research advisors committed to your success. Understand the principles of research design and become skilled in analysing research data and justifying your chosen methodology. Finish your project by drawing conclusions and highlighting the implications of your findings. You will become experienced in communicating your research and ideas to a variety of audiences. Successful completion of this option can lead to a higher degree by research study.
JCU Master of Education graduates lead rewarding careers across a variety of roles.
Graduates work in leadership, education, communication, and sustainability in both public and private organisations.
You could find employment as a teacher, lecturer, corporate educator, community leader, policy officer, and other leadership roles in education.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Professional accreditation status
This course is not accredited and does not lead to teacher registration
Arts, Society and Education
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.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Education, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Master of Education.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
ED5190:03 Introduction to Educational Research
ED5883:03 Global Education
ED5097:03 Research Design and Proposal
Select a major from Table A
Select 15 credit points of specified Level 5 subjects from List 1
ED5880:03 Educational Leadership
ED5881:03 Leading for Change in Curriculum and Pedagogy
ED5882:03 Transformative Digital Learning
ED5911:03 Education for Sustainability
ED5912:03 Social Learning Perspectives for a Sustainable Future
LB5205:03 People in Organisations
LB5234:03 Leading and Managing Organisational Change
LB5240:03 Cross-Cultural Leadership
LB5241:03 Leadership Futures
TABLE A (MAJORS)
Credit points in major
12 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Internal or mixed-mode attendance
Part-time study available only
Expected time to complete
1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
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.
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 five years of full-time (or equivalent) professional experience may be granted credit up to 12 credit points for non-core subjects
No credit may be granted 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 complete the Master of Education with Educational Research Major and 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].
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD30,960.00
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
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, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
Gather the documents you need to apply and submit an application via JCU's online application portal.
Katie Vander Donk
Master of Education
The university staff are compassionate, understanding, professional and supportive of the holistic needs of their students. Engaging in these postgraduate studies will allow me to leverage my professional knowledge and understandings to greater build community awareness and action around sustainability.
Master of Education
The structure of the course and the subject options enabled me to enhance my capacity in my interest areas while also developing new educational perspectives. I would recommend the JCU Master of Education to all types of educators looking to take their understanding of education to the next level.
Course Coordinator, Master of Education
The Master of Education is ideal for teachers and others working in the education sector wishing to upskill for career advancement. Students can study while working, at a pace that suits them due to the online delivery and the overall course structure. They can major in Educational Leadership or Educational Research.
Director, Human Resources Business Partnering, Education Queensland
The Department of Education finds JCU students to be equipped with the knowledge, skill set and willingness to make a difference in Queensland State Schools. Graduates leave JCU with a well-rounded ability to succeed in the classroom, while also stepping outside their comfort zone to begin their professional careers.
Executive Director, Townsville Catholic Education
JCU graduates come to us ready to take on the role of guiding and teaching our wonderful students. We recognise their enthusiasm, energy and their willingness to continue in professional development that further enhances their skills. JCU graduates enhance our organisation and add value to our students’ lives.