Master of Education - 2018

Course summary

Course summary - 2018

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 7 units to complete

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The Master of Education course is for educators in a broad range of fields related to education who hold a four-year teacher education degree or equivalent. The course curriculum builds on students' professional knowledge with an emphasis on critical and independent thinking. The course consists of coursework units, including a Negotiated Capstone Project. Successful completion of the course may enable students to undertake doctoral level study.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate and apply comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of educational research and theory
  2. formulate and investigate educational problems and solutions via critical engagement with relevant and contemporary empirical and theoretical literature
  3. identify, access, analyse and synthesise information from a wide range of sources using appropriate technologies
  4. communicate information and ideas effectively through a range of mediums and in ways that are appropriate for a range of audiences and education stakeholders
  5. engage critically and effectively with innovative and appropriate technologies for a range of purposes
  6. demonstrate a capacity for independent learning, critically evaluate personal performance and respond to feedback with a view to development as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner
  7. consider educational and professional issues from a variety of national and international perspectives with a view to informing and improving educational and professional knowledge and practice
  8. appreciate the value of individual and cultural differences, and the important implications these have for knowledge production, effective practice and professionalism in education settings
  9. work both independently and collaboratively in a way that demonstrates professionalism, a commitment to socially-just and ethical practices and the capacity for future leadership in the field of education.

The Master of Education provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their professional and personal development and better position them for career advancement and educational leadership. Graduates of this course may be eligible to continue their studies at a doctoral level.

An education/teaching degree assessed as being the equivalent of a four-year Australian degree (normally a Bachelor of Education or a four-year combined/double education degree e.g. BSc/BEd) or a three-year degree in a non-education discipline (e.g. Arts, Science, Commerce) plus a minimum one-year teaching qualification such as a Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching or equivalent.

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an IELTS (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 overall with a score of no less than 6.0 in any test component.

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

Ideally students will commence the course in either SP4 or SP2 however enrolment can be accepted in any study period. Please note that course commencement in SP1 or SP3 may result in a longer course duration as not all units are available in each study period.

Students must be in the final study period of the course before they can undertake EDMC502 Negotiated Research Project.

To qualify for the award of Master of Education, students must complete 7 units (6 single units and 1 double unit).

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials. 


This course consists of 3 core units and a selection of 4 units from the optional units list. EDMC502 Negotiated Research Project is a core double unit and can only be taken in the final study period of the course.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Foundations of Educational Research
EDMC500 CUR - SP2 - SP4
International Trends in Education
EDMC501 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Negotiated Research Project
EDMC5021 CUR SP1 - SP3 -

1 EDMC502 is a double unit and can only be taken in the final study period of the course.

Complete 4 units from the following 11 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
EDMS500 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Learning Environments
EDMS501 CUR - SP2 - -
Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Instructional Design and Evaluation
EDMS502 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Educational Applications of Digital Technologies
EDMP501 CUR - - - SP4
Sustainable Education
EDMP502 CUR - SP2 - -
Advanced Pedagogies Design and Assessment
EDMP503 CUR - SP2 - -
Philosophy of Pedagogy
EDMP504 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Language Acquisition
EDML500 CUR - - - SP4
Language Teaching Methodologies
EDML501 CUR - SP2 - -
Language in Society
EDML502 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Language Teaching Course Design and Assessment
EDML503 CUR - SP2 - -

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
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  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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