Master of Education

Course Code 2050
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: One year full-time (or part-time equivalent)*
Study mode: On-campus and distance education
*Units are offered in one-year teaching periods and full-time enrolment is normally not possible due to unit availability.

Location Lake Macquarie

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The Master of Education (MEd) is designed for teachers and school leaders wishing to pursue postgraduate study in Education. Particular focus is given to the role of the Christian teacher/administrator in enhancing moral and faith development within a context of Christian education. The Master of Education (MEd) is offered as either a coursework degree or a combination of coursework and project or minor thesis.  Studies are available in four areas: 

  • Educational Administration
  • Religious Education
  • Curriculum and Teaching Studies
  • Special Education



 


Career Opportunities


Master of Education graduates leave with the skills to gain employment in the following areas:

  • Principal
  • Head Secondary Teacher
  • Assistant Principal
  • Head of School
  • Education Consultant

 


Admission Criteria


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must typically have a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) followed by a Graduate Diploma of Education or equivalent.

At least two years of experience in a teaching role.

WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

Applicants with a four year Bachelor Degree in Education plus 2 years or more teaching experience with successful attainment of Proficient Status in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers will also be eligible based on the following:

a) verification of a teaching portfolio evidencing the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards,
b) positive outcomes of an interview or seminar process conducted by Avondale College of Higher Education, as well as,
c) successful completion of a 2 week equivalent intensive program, conducted online.

Verification of credentials is required at the time of application.

Applicants may receive advanced standing up to 50% of the MEd course provided the units which form the basis of the application were undertaken at an equivalent level and were of an equivalent weighting to the Avondale College MEd units and/or course.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=Mzg3

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants whose Bachelor degree was not undertaken in English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving an IELTS score of at least 6.5 for speaking and listening, with no individual band score less than 6.0. An official statement of IELTS results must accompany the application form.


Course Structure


Course duration: One year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus and distance education
Maximum time to complete: 4 years

The course is offered in three patterns. All patterns include a Christian Education unit and one unit in research methodology. The major independent research project option offers students research experience which can form the basis for progression to further studies. All 6 credit point units require a notional time commitment of 150 hours.

Pattern 1:  is a non-specialisation specifc, coursework only pattern involving 8 units (48 credit points) as follows:

  • One Christian Education unit
  • Introduction to Research
  • Four units (as approved by the Course Convenor)
  • Independent Research project
  • Extension of the Independent Research Project or one elective

Pattern 2: is a specialisation specific, coursework pattern of 8 units (48 credit points) as follows:

  • One Christian Education unit
  • Introduction to Research
  • Four specialisation units (all in the same specialisation)
  • Independent Research project
  • Extension of the Independent Research Project or one elective

Pattern 3: is a coursework and minor thesis pattern of 8 units (48 credit points) as follows:

  • One Christian Education unit
  • Introduction to Research
  • Research Methods
  • Two specialisation units (all in the same specialisation)
  • Major Independent Research Project (in chosen specialisation) 18 credit points

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Email: study@avondale.edu.au
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Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

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