Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) (Basic level entry)
Champion wellbeing in schools and communities
Take a positive step towards mental health policy and promotion in education. Research issues, evaluate theories, and build your own critical perspective. Prepare to make a real difference in the emotional wellbeing of the educational community.
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It is expected that graduates from this specialisation will be able to:
- critically discuss and evaluate current theory and research in wellbeing and positive mental health educational policies and practices
- examine recent writing in wellbeing and positive mental health education from an informed critical perspective
- understand the traditions that inform contemporary research design
- translate knowledge gained from reading, discussion and writing into research practice
- generate research proposals for the investigation of current educational issues, demonstrating the application of research principles and methods
- contribute to the informed construction of educational policy, whether local, national or global
- examine research principles and methods and apply those principles and methods in the evaluation and design, and conduct of research into current educational issues.
The courses are designed to meet the increasing demand for professional development of current teachers and other professionals. They are not designed to be an initial preparation for teaching and do not lead to teacher registration.
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.
Graduates will not be eligible for teacher registration.
Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification.
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 wellbeing and positive mental health program is the first course in South Australia to offer postgraduate training in this emerging field. The courses are designed to provide a mechanism for policy initiatives in wellbeing and positive mental health promotion to be implemented in schools and communities across the state and nationally.
The courses aim to:
- equip teachers, educators and leaders in schools, the community, workplaces, universities and training institutions to specialise and take leadership in promoting wellbeing and positive mental health.
- enhance cognitive skills, reflective awareness and creativity to facilitate the application of evidence-based knowledge, skills and capacities to the promotion of wellbeing and positive mental health in educational contexts. 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 at least five core (compulsory) topics, three specialisation option topics and eight option topics chosen from an extensive range of option topics available. These topics aim to provide students with a wide range of opportunities to promote wellbeing and positive mental health in schools and early childhood services and undertake a research 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 (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) (Basic level entry), students must successfully complete five core (compulsory) subjects and eleven subjects chosen from an extensive range of elective subjects available.