Master of Education

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations


120 cp: 1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

160 cp: 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Fees (first year)*

$3605 CSP
$12255 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


The Master of Education is for educators and sector professionals who wish to pursue further studies and develop advanced knowledge and expertise in educational practice.

Be part of a vibrant academic, research-led community and deepen your understanding of the latest and most effective pedagogical practices. Learn the latest evidence-based approaches to learning and augment your craft in professional application, rigorous innovation, focused leadership, and research in this area.

Enhance your area of specialisation by choosing from one of eight streams, including: Inclusive Practice; Literacy: Primary and Secondary; Literacy: Teaching Foundational Reading Skills; Literacy: Teaching Fluency, Comprehension and Writing; Research Methods; School Psychology; STEM and Wellbeing.

By embracing life-long learning, teachers and aspiring school leaders will be equipped with advanced practitioner knowledge, skills, and abilities along with a discrete pathway to doctoral research. Students wanting to progress to doctoral study on completion of this course must complete the sequence of Advanced Research methods within their studies.

This advanced education course asks you to reimagine the purposes of education and improve the educational setting you work in. If you are passionate about continual learning and want to advance your career, but do not hold a teaching qualification, you can complete an additional sequence of units to meet this degree's requirements.

  • Top 50 Globally in education and fourth in Australia.


Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • policy advisors
  • school leaders
  • curriculum advisors
  • consultants

Course details

Course structure

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Admission Requirement A - One Stream and Elective units

  • One StreamSpecialisation Unit 110 cp
  • One StreamSpecialisation Unit 210 cp
  • Foundation unitsFoundation Unit 110 cp
  • Foundation unitsFoundation Unit 210 cp
  • One StreamSpecialisation Unit 310 cp
  • One StreamSpecialisation Unit 410 cp
  • Elective unitsElective Unit 110 cp
  • Elective unitsElective Unit 210 cp

    Please consult the unit list in the Course Enrolment Guide to see offerings for a particular year.

    Admission Requirement A -Two streams

    Please consult the unit list in the Course Enrolment Guide to see offerings for a particular year.

    Admission Requirement B - Online

    Please consult the unit list in the Course Enrolment Guide to see offerings for a particular year.

    Admission Requirement B - International Intake (Melbourne)

    Please consult the unit list in the Course Enrolment Guide to see offerings for a particular year.

    AQF framework

    Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

    Exit Points

    A student who has completed 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings of the Graduate Certificate in Education may exit with that award.

    A student who has completed 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings of the Graduate Diploma in Education may exit with that award.

    Additional course information

    Participants with a teaching qualification complete the 120 credit point course. Participants without a teaching qualification complete the 160 credit point course from the Schedule of Unit Offerings outlined in the course handbook on the ACU website.

    Entry requirements

    An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

    International applicants must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

    To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

    a. Bachelor degree in Education; or a Bachelor degree and a recognised teaching qualification OR

    b. Bachelor degree in an area other than Education

    Students admitted under Admission Requirement A must complete 120 cp and students admitted under Admission Requirement B must complete 160 cp.

    Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

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    English language requirements

    IELTS  overall score of 7.0. Individual score of 6.0 in all tests.

    Inherent requirement

    There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

    Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


    Further study

    Graduates of this course may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs and/or research higher degree, doctoral programs.


    Course costs

    Average first year fee*

    $3605 CSP
    $12255 Fee-paying

    All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

    A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

    • the number of units studied per semester;
    • the choice of major or specialisation; and
    • elective units.

    The University reviews fees annually.

    Payment options

    You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

    Explore your options 


    You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

    Search our scholarships 

    How to apply

    Domestic applicants

    Direct application

    Apply now


    Deferment is available for one year. Some specialisations may not run every year. Find out more about deferment.

    Staff Profile

    Professor Amanda Telford

    Course Coordinator, National School of Education

    Professor Amanda Telford is a teacher and researcher in health, wellbeing and educational leadership within the National School of Education. She is currently the National Course Coordinator of the Master of Education and has over two decades experience in senior learning and teaching leadership roles as a former secondary teacher and academic across four universities including: Associate Dean (Education) Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching), Interim Associate Dean (Partnerships) and Director/course coordinator across three universities. These senior academic leadership positions have enabled her to develop a deep understanding of policy, processes and regulatory requirements of universities and governing bodies. Prof. Telford is a multi- award-winning teacher, researcher and author, she has co-authored over 100 learning and teaching publications including over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 45 textbooks and book chapters used nationally and internationally at secondary and tertiary level. She has collaborated on more than 40 research projects with a learning and teaching, physical activity, physical education and/or wellbeing focus. The CLASS instrument she developed as part of her PhD to assess children's physical activity and sedentary behaviour is used in over 40 countries. Prof. Telford was a Chief Investigator on the ARC funded 'Girls Get Going' study and more recently the NHMRC funded 'TransformUs' project designed to revolutionize the classroom through movement which has already reached over 500 schools.

    Dr Paul Kidson

    Head of Discipline Postgraduate Education, National School of Education

    Dr Paul Kidson is Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership and the Head of Postgraduate Studies in the National School of Education. He has extensive school leadership and governance experience, including 11 years as a school principal, which informs the highly practical orientation of his academic research. In addition to his academic research and leadership, he is a member of Australian Council for Educational Leaders (NSW) Executive Committee, a Fellow of the Institute for Managers and Leaders, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors. His research adopts holistic and interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on a range of academic disciplines and insights. Through this, he explores how school leaders work effectively within, and critically transform, their complex professional lives. This encompasses broader systems and policies which govern the work of educational leaders, as well as how school leaders develop and sustain their personal experience of leadership. He is part of a large-scale research projects on school leadership, and one of the lead researchers on Australia’s largest and longest running principal well-being research project, the Australian Principal Occupational Health and Well-being Survey. 

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