Master of Education

The Master of Education continues the College’s service to education from its delivery of the Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary). Over eighty per cent of our Education graduates have either found employment in Christian, independent, or government schools in Australia and internationally; or, pursued further studies. Both graduates and employers hold in high regard the College’s particular focus on teacher education from a Christian perspective in a supportive academic environment. In the current changing educational environment employers highly value teachers with advanced knowledge and skills and the particular Christian school environment greatly values professional development from a Christian perspective.

The Master of Education will develop graduates who will contribute to schools and other educational settings as expert teachers and leaders. They will have an expanded understanding of Christian perspectives on education. They will find employment in schools as well as other environments such as churches, para-church organisations, and government and private enterprises. Graduates may also continue to appropriate post-graduate studies in education and related fields.

The Master of Education is designed for new student cohorts to begin in February (Semester 1) and July (Semester 2). The course offers a range of avenues for professional focus including leadership, curriculum development, inclusive teaching and professional self care. It explores the significant positive contribution that a Christian perspective can provide education.

The research units are focussed on action-research and becoming a reflexive practitioner. A feature of the College’s approach is the undertaking of a significant research project which will allow students to develop expertise in a particular area of educative interest that will benefit both their professional life and the educational settings in which they work.

Most subjects are delivered in a blended format that integrates face-to-face and online learning experiences.

Description

The Master of Education is a course for teachers and school leaders who wish to gain deeper and integrated knowledge of educational theory and to advance their skills in professional practice particularly but not exclusively from a Christian perspective.

The Master of Education consists of 6 units, three core and three elective, studied part-time over three years.

Course Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of educational theory, professional practice and a Christian worldview, including recent developments in these fields.
  • Demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills to critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories related to education.
  • Research and apply established theories of education to inform policy and practice demonstrating expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills.
  • Interpret and communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences in educational settings, demonstrating expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills.
  • Apply research principles and methods to plan, conduct, interpret and communicate a research based project.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an educational practitioner, including a Christian world view that incorporates faith, reason and justice.

Delivery locations

  • Wantirna (Full)

Admission Criteria

  • Academic Requirements
    • An Australian undergraduate degree (AQF 7) and a fourth-year level education qualification (AQF 8), or equivalent, OR
    • An Australian four-year education degree (AQF 7), or equivalent AND
  • Professional Experience Requirements
    • 2 years professional experience in an educational setting (or part-time equivalent) within the last 10 years
This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in the above courses will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 575+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 85+ Writing 21, Speaking 20, Reading 20, Listening 20
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 64 No communicative score below 58
    Cambridge English Advanced 62 No less than Borderline in writing

Course Structure

The Masters of Education consists six 12 credit point units (72 credit points):

  • Core (36 credit points) :

    • ED960.512 Worldviews and Education (12 credit points),
    • ED990.512 Research Methods in Educational Contexts (12 credit points),
    • RP994.512 Research Project (Capstone Unit) (12 credit points),
  • Electives (36 credit points) - student choose 3 from the following:

    • ED961.512 Understanding and Responding to Drivers of Educational Change (12 credit points),
    • ED962.512 Leading Curriculum Development (12 credit points),
    • ED963.512 Practices for Inclusive Learning (12 credit points),
    • ED970.512 Frameworks for Effective Leadership (12 credit points),
    • ED971.512 Organisational Culture: Systems and Change (12 credit points),
    • ED972.512 Life Balance for Professional Life and Ministry Endurance (12 credit points)

Pathways

It is expected that this award will gain entry into a Doctor of Education award offered at universities in Australia though no specific agreements have been entered into by Eastern College Australia.

Other Protocols

Students who have previously completed accredited studies in a Christian philosophy of Education will be exempted from ED960 Worldviews and Education but will be required to complete another unit to make up for it.

Students must complete four 12 credit point units of coursework including ED990.512 Research Methods in Educational Contexts prior to enrolling in RP994.512 Research Project.

Research proposals for RP994.512 Research Project require ethical clearance from the Eastern College Australia HREC. As part of gaining approval for their research proposal candidates must negotiate access to the appropriate organisational or community contexts prior to the commencement of research.

Specialisations

Research Stream Stream
Master of Education Electives Elective(s)
Worldview Core Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
ED960.512 Worldviews and Education
ED961.512 Understanding and Responding to Drivers of Educational Change
ED962.512 Leading Curriculum Development
ED963.512 Practices for Inclusive Learning
ED970.512 Frameworks for Effective Leadership
ED971.512 Organisational Culture: Systems and Change
ED972.512 Life Balance for Professional Life and Ministry Endurance
ED990.512 Research Methods in Educational Contexts
RP994.512 Research Project