Master of Education

Course Code2050
Course duration /
Study mode

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

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

FEE-HELP*

*for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au

About


The Master of Education (MEd) course 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 MEd is offered as either a coursework degree or a combination of coursework and project or minor thesis.  Studies are available in four specialisations: 

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



 


Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the Master of Education, graduates will be able to:
  • systematically explore educational theory and practice through a review of educational literature and shared praxis;
  • investigate and critically analyse both the theory and practice of education with respect to a particular topic or issue;
  • create a holistic personal professional body of knowledge that will be appraised from a Christian world-view;
  • solve problems through investigation, critical analysis and reflective thought;
  • explain aspects of educational practice on the basis of knowledge and research findings;
  • give evidence of an ability to fill organisational roles which require highly developed interpersonal skills;
  • display appropriate decision making skills within the context of Christian ethics;
  • identify types of research methodologies and their applicability to specified research questions;
  • conduct a minor creative research study involving systematic investigation, critical and reflective thought as well as documentation.

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


GENERAL ADMISSION CRITERIA

To qualify for admission, you must have completed:

  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 four-year bachelor's degree in education, bachelor's degree followed by a diploma of education, bachelor of teaching, or equivalent from an accredited university or higher education provider; or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 8 graduate certificate in educational studies or equivalent from an accredited university or higher education provider; or
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 9 master of teaching or equivalent from an accredited university or higher education provider; or
  • An overseas education qualification comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 or higher

SPECIFIC ADMISSION CRITERIA

The following are the specific criteria for admission:

  • A resume/CV to demonstrate at least two years of teaching experience, including a written summary of your relevant work experience

ADVANCED STANDING

Applicants with an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 9 qualification (or higher) in a cognate area may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants must meet the Australian Government's visa requirements to visit Australia while undertaking Winter school at Avondale University.

For more information, visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/study

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicant's who completed their bachelor's degree (or overseas equivalent) in a language other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-band below 6.0.

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 four 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 - 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 - 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 - a specialisation specific, coursework pattern of 8 units (48 credit points) as follows:

  • One Christian Education unit
  • Introduction to Research
  • Three specialisation units and an independent project (all in the same specialisation)
  • Extension of the Independent Research Project and one elective, or two electives

Pattern 4 - a coursework and major research project 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

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Where to get further information


Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

Fees

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au


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Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Avondale students. View all scholarship information. http://www.avondale.edu.au/future-students/finance/scholarships/ 

Testimonials

"Seeing kids reach their potential...and being able to affirm them so that they pursue it...that's what I love about teaching."
- Master of Teaching (Secondary) graduate