Master of Education

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Our Master of Education is a professional development course for qualified teachers and education administrators.

  • Add value to your career and improve your employment opportunities.
  • Structure studies around your existing teaching schedule.
  • Specialise in your area of interest.
  • Extend your teaching and leadership skills.
  • Develop new skills while you work.

Career opportunities

Specialise in your area of interest and extend your teaching and leadership capabilities. This course equips you with skills in a range of specialist areas of your choice, including:

  • administration
  • leadership and management
  • health education
  • nurse education
  • language and literacy
  • applied linguistics
  • classroom management and discipline
  • counselling
  • organisational change
  • student advocacy and well-being.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • lead teachers and education administrators
  • excel in your chosen area of specialistion.


The complete course is 240 credit points.

Students from Australia and New Zealand

AUD$20,000 annual fee based on 120 credit points. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

International students

AUD$27,500 annual fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Course structure

Apart from a single core subject (Research Methods in Education), this flexible course is made up entirely of electives. You'll have the option to study your area of interest, and you can choose to complete your degree by coursework, research or a combination of the two.

This course is also a pathway to further study. Upon completion of a minor thesis, you'll be eligible to study a Doctor of Education or a Doctor of Philosophy. If you choose to complete the program by coursework you're eligible to apply for Doctor of Education if you receive a B grade average or higher.

Core subjects

'Research Methods in Education' is the only core subject.

Elective subjects

Curriculum and Educational Studies

  • Pedagogical Principles and Practice
  • Science and Technology in Contemporary Society
  • Curriculum Design and Implementation
  • Curriculum Development and Design
  • Teaching and Learning in a Virtual Environment
  • Creating Positive Learning Environments
  • Using Multimedia for Learning
  • Critical Perspectives in Curriculum Leadership.

Language and Literacy Education

  • Discourse Analysis: Spoken and Written Language in Use
  • Intercultural Communication and Education
  • Sociolinguistics in Language Teaching
  • Bilingualism and Language Education
  • Second Language Acquisition.

Leadership/Management in Education

  • International Education Policy and Management
  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Building Strategic Organisational Partnerships.

Student Welfare and Guidance

  • Intercultural Communication and Education
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Person-centred Approach to Teaching, Counselling and Nursing
  • 'At Risk' Students: Critical Considerations.


  • Minor Thesis
  • Advanced Research Methods in Education.

For full details, see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Industry connections

Connect with like-minded peers as you study alongside professional teachers and educational administrators. Your lecturers come from a wide range of teaching disciplines and specialist areas, and are leaders in the field of research and innovation.

Featured staff

Dr Patricia McCann

Dr McCann coordinates and teaches a range of undergraduate and post-graduate subjects and coordinates the Bachelor of Teaching (Outreach and Community Education). Her teaching and research focuses on student wellbeing, welfare and how we make meaning of our experience particularly through the lens of the person-centred approach. Dr McCann is Chair of the World Association for Person-centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling, and was awarded the 2009 Stewart Frazer Exemplary Thesis Award for her PhD study, ' A Theatre of the Observed: a study of adolescent meaning making'. See Dr McCann's full staff profile here.

Dr Donna Starks

Dr Starks' teaching and research focuses on all issues dealing with language and identity. She is course coordinator for a number of subjects in the Master of Education Language and Literacy Education stream. Her recent research has focussed on the accented Englishes and how they are used as expressions of identity. She has completed a number of school-based projects on students' attitudes towards languages and language policy in New Zealand and is currently working on a project on Australian nicknames. Recent publications include Language Education and Applied Linguistics: Bridging the Two Fields (Routledge, 2014), Is the cultural cringe alive and kicking? Adolescent mythscapes of Australian English in Queensland and Victoria and Nicknames in Australian secondary schools. See Dr Starks' full staff profile here.

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