Education - 8910

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48


Master of Education (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The one-year Master of Education degree is designed for qualified teachers and other educational professionals who wish to study education at an advanced level. Commonwealth Supported Places (previously HECS) are available for local candidates.

The program is suitable for teachers, trainers in industry and commerce, adult educators and other professionals, but does not provide a qualification in pre-service education.

The program offers nine areas of specialisation: Educational Studies, Assessment and Evaluation, Educational Psychology, Gifted Education, Higher Education, Teacher Leadership, Special Education, TESOL and Visual Arts Education.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the field of education as it relates to their specialist area of study, and the ability to synthesize and apply disciplinary principles and practices to new or complex environments.
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of research-based learning and the ability to plan, analyse, present implement and evaluate complex activities that contribute to advanced professional practice and/or intellectual scholarship in education
  3. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills
  4. Communicate effectively to a range of audiences, and be capable of independent and collaborative enquiry and team-based leadership
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of international perspectives relevant to the educational field
  6. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to recognise and negotiate the complex and often contested values and ethical practices that underlie education

Program Structure

The program 8910 consists of courses to the value of 48 units of credit (normally eight courses).

This program offers nine areas of specialisation:

For Assessment and Evaluation specialisation structure: click here.

For Educational Psychology specialisation structure: click here.

For Educational Studies specialisation structure: click here.

For Gifted Education specialisation structure: click here.

For Higher Education specialisation structure: click here.

For Special Education specialisation structure: click here.

For Teacher Leadership specialisation structure: click here.

For TESOL specialisation structure: click here.

For Visual Arts Education specialisation structure: click here.

Elective Courses in Education

ARTS5503 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC)
ARTS5505 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC)

These courses, ARTS5503 and ARTS5505, can be taken as additional courses but will not count towards your program.

Entry Requirements

A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching)


A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

Credit Transfer

If you are seeking credit transfer you must submit documentary evidence of courses completed at the time of initial enrolment. Faculty will then determine the number of units of credit to be granted. Credit transfer will not be granted for courses completed more than ten years previously. The maximum credit transfer for a Masters is 24 UOC (equivalent to four courses), and a Graduate Certificate is 12 UOC (equivalent to two courses).

Award with Excellence

You are eligible for the award of a degree "with Excellence" if you achieve a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 80 in all courses and complete at least 50% of the requirements of your award at UNSW.

Academic Rules

To qualify for the award of the degree, a student must:
  1. Enrol in the Master of Education
  2. Complete the 48 UOC of advanced disciplinary courses


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Area(s) of Specialisation