Educational leadership and management

Why study educational leadership and management?

Our career development Master’s degrees are designed to accelerate your education career.

Whether you’re looking to hone your skills in a specialist area, or expand your leadership, administration, and management capabilities, our unique suite of Master’s degrees will help you become a leader in your field.

With study options in areas such as educational leadership, special education, TESOL, applied linguistics, administration, classroom management and organisational change, you can choose your preferred professional development focus.

Some courses can be delivered part-time, so you can study while you work. If you’re a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

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Career opportunities

You’ll be prepared for roles including leadership and management, education officer, education administrator or manager in a range of education institutions including schools.

If you upgrade your teaching degree with one of our professional development degrees for special education, TESOL or applied linguistics you will also be qualified for a variety of specialist teaching and curriculum development roles.

Depending on the course and your chosen area of specialisation, you may go on to work as a:

  • TESOL teacher
  • LOTE teacher
  • specialist teacher
  • curriculum manager
  • education administrator
  • school principal
  • leading teacher
  • special education teacher.


Doctor of Education (Professional Doctorate)

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent4 years

Doctor of Philosophy (Education)

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 4 years4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Master of Education

Location: Melbourne

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 2 years2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Master of Education (Research)

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 2 years

1-2 years full-time or 2.5-4 years part-time

Master of Special Education

Location: Bendigo

Start dates: Winter Semester (July) and Summer Semester 2 (January)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 1 year1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

Related study options

Your study experience

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.