Degree details

Graduates will be able to: 

  1. engage in informed, constructive debate and in professional reflective practice;
  2. design, conduct, report and evaluate research studies, such as case-studies and adhere to ethical research standards and practices;
  3. lead the informed construction of educational policy, whether local, national or global;
  4. develop advanced capabilities for self-regulated learning;
  5. develop their own personal educational pathways.

Professional recognition

This degree does not lead to teacher registration in Australia.

Career objectives

Graduates are suitable for careers in a variety of positions ranging from work as teachers in school classrooms, school coordinators and principals, curriculum and policy advisers in departments of education, and as advisers to government and other policy makers. 

Higher education

Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in Education, Teaching or in a closely related discipline; or hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline and hold the Graduate Certificate in Education (Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice) from Flinders University or equivalent qualification.

Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.

Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment. More information is available at

This degree is intended for classroom teachers, special education teachers, lecturers or tutors in further or higher education, private tutors or trainers and those wanting to understand their own learning processes.

It is designed to meet the increasing demand for professional education about teaching-learning issues such as motivation, cognition and metacognition.

It is 1.5 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students are required to undertake study in six compulsory topics and the remaining topics to complete the basic entry level for the course are chosen from an extensive range in option topics.

As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four topics per semester and part-time students undertake two topics per semester. 

Award Requirements

To complete the requirements of the Master of Education (Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice) (Progressive level entry), students must successfully complete six core (compulsory) topics and six option topics chosen from an extensive range of option topics. 

Applications are submitted directly to Flinders University through its online application system.