Master of Education

Choose Education at La Trobe

If you're looking to boost your existing teaching or education career, then a Master of Education at La Trobe is for you. Add value to your career by specialising in your area of interest and extending your teaching and leadership capabilities.

Improve your employment opportunities and explore new specialist areas through a wide range of elective subjects in leadership, literacy, classroom management, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and more. This course is also a direct pathway to Doctoral studies (EdD and PhD).

This course is designed to fit around your existing teaching schedule. Through a mix of online and face-to-face classes, full or part-time delivery, and the potential to gain advanced standing, you'll develop new skills while you work.

Please note: this a professional development course for qualified teachers and education administrators. It is not a professional-entry teaching program.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Career outcomes

This course is designed to take your existing career to the next level. It equips you with skills in a range of specialist areas 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.

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.

Course information


Melbourne (Campus location)


  • Two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) for applicants with a three-year teaching qualification.
  • One year full-time (or part-time equivalent) for applicants with a four-year teaching qualification, Honours degree or relevant Graduate Diploma. 


Classes are designed to fit around your existing teaching schedule through a mix of online and face-to-face classes at the Melbourne Campus. 


The complete course is 240 credit points.

Australian students

$16,340 annual fee based on 120 credit points (2015 indicative course fee). You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees. 

International students

$22,460 annual fee based on 120 credit points (2015 indicative course fee). Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Entry Requirements

Course content

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.

Core subjects

  • Research Methods in Education

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.


Scholarships and financial support

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.

Australian students:

International students:

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.

Not quite what you're looking for?

You may also be interested in our Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years).