Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

At the completion of this degree, 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 degree may be eligible to continue their studies at a doctoral level.

Higher education

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.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all degrees are taught in English. If your education degrees 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 http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning.

*** Please Note: If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide a colour scan of the non-English documents, including a colour scan of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes. ***

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is assessed on individual merit and is awarded for different types of learning, for example, studies you have previously completed or for relevant work experience.

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

To apply for CRL, please visit the Curtin University website: https://study.curtin.edu.au/credit/

It is important to note accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For further information see the scanned documents and certification requirements and guidelines.

More information about the policies and procedures related to CRL assessment and appealing a CRL assessment outcome can be found in the Credit for Recognised Learning manual (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au

The Master of Education degree is for educators in a broad range of fields related to education who hold a four-year teacher education degree or equivalent. The degree curriculum builds on students' professional knowledge with an emphasis on critical and independent thinking. The degree consists of coursework subjects that enable specialisation in one of three highly-valued areas of expertise: STEM Education, Advanced Pedagogies, and Language and Linguistics. To provide maximum flexibility, students can also study subjects from any of these pathways. The degree comprises a Negotiated Research Project where students investigate an area of individual or professional interest.. Successful completion of the degree may enable students to undertake doctoral level study.

Recommended Study Pattern

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

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

Award Requirements

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

Choose your subjects


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