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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.
If you have five or more years of full-time professional experience within education, you may be eligible to apply for credit. Successful applications may result in up to 12 credit points (equivalent to four subjects). Discover more about your credit options here
Develop your expertise in educational research, policy, leadership, curriculum and pedagogy. Critically reflect on current issues facing the profession, understand how to become an effective leader and develop capacity in others. Hone your curriculum design and implementation skills to lead pedagogical change with confidence.
JCU’s Master of Education gives you the flexibility to pursue your interests and personal career goals. Choose a major in Educational Leadership or Career Development, which feature coursework only, or a major in Educational Research, which includes the completion of a small-scale research project. Have your experience recognised with up to12 credit points of credit for elective studies. This is for five or more years of full-time equivalent professional experience.
Gain the advanced knowledge, experience and skills to be a leader in Education, making a difference at a personal, organisational and policy level. Learn how to lead for effective change, enhancement and improvement. JCU Master of Education graduates are highly valued for their strong transferrable skills and understanding of diverse communities’ educational needs.
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
|Information valid for students commencing in 2024.|
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Professional accreditation status
This course is not accredited and does not lead to teacher registration.
The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) has endorsed the Master of Education (Career Development) delivered by James Cook University as meeting the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners for a period of 3 years from October 2023 to October 2026
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
ED5581:03 Theories and Assessment in Career Development
ED5582:03 Professional Practice of Career Development
ED5583:03 Labour Market Information and the Future of Work
ED5584:03 Career Development Theories and Counselling Approaches in Practice
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.
24 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 granted will be 24 credit points. Of that 24 credit points, the maximum credit that will be granted for professional experience is 12 credit points.
No credit may be granted for studies and/or professional experiences undertaken to fulfil the entry requirements for JCU awards.
Credit for the MEd Career Development major subjects will only be considered if previous study was from a Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) endorsed course.
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 or Graduate Certificate of Career Development.
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: $AUD32,040.00
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.
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.
Associate Professor Louisa Tomas Engel
Master of Education
The Master of Education is ideal for teachers and others working in the education sector who are seeking a new challenge or who wish to upskill for career advancement. Students engage with contemporary research in education and can study online while they work, at a pace that suits them.
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.