Master of Education (Higher Education) (Basic level entry)
Take higher learning to a greater level.
Explore design practices with the goal of improving learning outcomes in higher education. Engage with research principles and methods and understand their professional application. Construct quality learning experiences for diverse student groups.
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Graduates from this specialisation will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of:
- contemporary issues, priorities and policies in higher education;
- political, social and economic complexities of educational contexts;
- principles and practices of effective relational pedagogy in higher education;
- systemic practices that enhance student learning, achievement and well-being;
- qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering evidence in support of the development of personal and collegial pedagogical practices.
Graduates from this specialisation will develop the cognitive, creative and technical skills to:
- identify the implications of contemporary socio-political issues for their local context;
- critique the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, with particular reference to assessment and quality assurance;
- articulate and defend a personal philosophy for professional practice;
Graduates from this specialisation will be able to apply their specialised knowledge and skills to:
- design and evaluate quality learning experiences for diverse students in higher education;
- construct and conduct a practitioner research project to focus on a key aspect of personal or institutional significance.
Graduates will not be eligible for teacher registration.
Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification and must normally be employed in a teaching position in a higher education institution.
English Proficiency Requirements
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- first language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language)
- completed secondary schooling in Australia
- completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program
- performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University's admissions requirements
- registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant's proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master 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 www.flinders.edu.au/credit
The postgraduate program in higher education is aimed at academics working in the tertiary sector or who aspire to teach at tertiary level, and those whose personal, professional or research interests include a focus on higher education. There are several strands within the specialisation which provide pathways for participants interested in a specific focus, such as teaching and learning, leadership, or research in higher education.
The program provides you with opportunities to critically examine recent literature, engage in debate and reflection, and develop and apply in-depth knowledge. It will enable you to transform your practice knowledge into an education for practice.
It will also introduce you to research methods and publications and will provide a pathway to further study at higher degree by research level. Your potential for academic promotion in the higher education field will also be enhanced. These courses do not lead to teacher registration in South Australia.
It is 2 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students complete eight core (compulsory) topics and ten option topics chosen from a range of option topics available including research preparation topics.
Students must also complete a Coursework Project.
As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four subjects per semester and part-time students undertake two subjects per semester.
To complete the requirements of the Master of Education (Higher Education) (Basic level entry), students must successfully complete six core (compulsory) subjects and ten elective subjects chosen from an extensive range of electives.
Students must also complete a Coursework Project.