Master of Education

University of Newcastle

If you are a practising education professional with a desire to develop an advanced understanding of your area of expertise and professional qualifications then the Master of Education is the program for you. This program will enhance your knowledge of education practice and theory, explore contemporary education issues, and connect you with the latest developments in the field. Upon graduation you will be positioned as an educational leader and open diverse career pathways that will see you excel within the classroom or take you out of the classroom. The Master of Education is designed to propel students towards success in the teaching industry. You will study a range of progressive subjects geared around the theoretical and practical application of teaching, learning and leadership. The program consists of a core course and fourteen (14) specialisations split into Professional Learning and Teacher Retraining specialisations. Retraining specialisations are structured according to the Subject Content Knowledge Requirements Policy of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Course Fee:

Australian: $17,685
International: $31,505

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor Honours Degree in education/teaching OR 4-year Bachelor Degree in education/teaching OR Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a relevant field OR 3-year Bachelor Degree in education/teaching or a related discipline, plus 2 years' experience working in a relevant field including: CV outlining relevant work experience in a relevant field; and Statement(s) of Service confirming two (2) years of experience in a relevant field OR Diploma or Advanced Diploma in education/teaching with significant teaching experience.


80 units of study (8 courses worth 10 units each) consisting of one core course and a combination of compulsory courses, directed courses and elective courses that varies according to the selected specialisation. This program must be completed in one specialisation only.

Subjects you can Study:

Professional Learning: Advanced Studies in Education, Comparative Education, Early Childhood, ICT and Digital Learning, Instructional Leadership,and STEM. Teacher Retraining: Aboriginal Studies, Business Studies, Engineering, Geography, L2 (second language acquisition), Mathematics, Society and Culture, and TESOL.

Study Pathways:

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Education is a pathway for admission to the Master of Education.

Further information:

Not all specialisations are suitable for non-teachers or international students. Some specialisations are offered entirely on-campus and some are only offered for online enrollment.


Some specialisations are recognised by the NSW Department of Education as teacher retraining programs in specific teaching areas (e.g. Mathematics, Engineering, TESOL). Graduates lliving in New South Wales seeking to use a retraining specialisation to add an additional teaching qualification to their portfolio must already hold an accredited teaching degree and have been registered as a teachers with NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA). For recognition in other states, territories and countries, graduates should contact the regulatory authority in the relevant jurisdiction to determine the specific requirements for recognition as a teacher in that area.

Who for:

Practising teachers and other educators seeking qualifications in a wide variety of educational contexts

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info Yes Part time 2 years
Callaghan No info Yes Full time 1 year
Callaghan No info Yes Online 1 year

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