UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Education (thesis and coursework)

This course is particularly suited to leaders and professionals in education, health, justice, government administration and management who wish to undertake postgraduate study. The course delivery arrangements are flexible and accommodate the needs of people in full-time careers in the professions or management. Students are encouraged to pursue coursework and research in their own areas of interest.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Education (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviationMEd
Course code31700
Course typemaster's degree by thesis and coursework
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Education
CRICOS code003029G
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required72
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeRTP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Simon Clarke

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (6 points):

NSEDUC5631Approaches to Research

Take unit(s) to the value of 54 points:

S1, S2EDUC5720Master's Thesis (full-time) (54 points)
S1, S2EDUC5721Master's Thesis (part-time) (54 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

NSEDUC5519Contemporary Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care
NSEDUC5523Education Law
S1EDUC5606Advance Course in Rasch Measurement Theory
NSEDUC5608Integrating Pedagogy and Technology
S1EDUC5610Human Resource Development in Education
NS, S2EDUC5612Leadership for Learning
S1EDUC5616International and Comparative Education
NSEDUC5631Approaches to Research
NSEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
S1, NSEDUC5634Qualitative Inquiry
NS, S1EDUC5636Assessment and Measurement
NS, S2EDUC5637Measurement and Evaluation
S2EDUC5638Introduction to Classical and Rasch Measurement Theories
NSEDUC5639Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
N/AEDUC5641History of Education
NS, S1EDUC5658Education Policy Trends: Global to Local
NS, S1, S2EDUC5660Education Studies
NS, S1, S2EDUC5661Education Studies
N/AEDUC5662Action Research and Curriculum Innovation
S2, NSEDUC5678Improving Learning and Teaching in the Curriculum

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5 and no band less than 6.5.

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 64.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—the requirements set out in (a), (b) or (c) which follow or the equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or the requirements set out in (d) or (e):

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree of this University; and

(ii) completed a postgraduate course in education requiring at least one year of full-time study; and

(iii) either two years' full-time relevant professional experience or adequate research preparation demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Faculty;

or

(b) (i) the Bachelor of Education of this University; and

(ii) either two years' full-time relevant professional experience or adequate research preparation demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Faculty;

or

(c) (i) a degree requiring at least four years of full-time study; and

(ii) two years' full-time professional experience in the field of education; and

(iii) adequate research preparation demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Faculty;

or

(d) a graduate diploma of this University that articulates with the Master of Education with an average of at least 65 per cent in three coursework units including a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC5631 Approaches to Research;

or

(e) (i) completed at least three units towards a graduate diploma that articulates with the Master of Education; and

(ii) completed units relevant to the requirements of the master's course and;

(iii) achieved an average mark of at least 65 per cent in three coursework diploma units including a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC5631 Approaches to Research.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 30240 Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (articulated) (24 points)
  • 31310 Graduate Diploma in Professional Education (24 points)
  • 31700 Master of Education (72 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Education course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students in the coursework component of the course who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty;

(2) Students in the coursework component of the course by thesis and coursework, who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students who are enrolled in the thesis component of the course who do not submit an annual report or whose annual report is not considered by the Dean to be satisfactory—

(a) are assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty;

(b) are required to report to the relevant course coordinator prior to re-enrolment;

and

(c) may have conditions applied to their enrolment by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules

Progression

13.(1) Students in the course by way of thesis and coursework are not permitted to proceed to EDUC5720 Master's Thesis (full-time)/EDUC5721 Master's Thesis (part-time) unless they have achieved an average mark of at least 65 per cent in three coursework units including a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC5631 Approaches to Research.

(2) The Faculty may permit a student in the course by way of thesis and coursework who does not achieve the required standard set out in (1) to complete the course by way of coursework.

(3) Except as set out in Rule 14, a student in the course by way of coursework may apply to transfer to the course by way of thesis and coursework if they achieve an average mark of at least 65 per cent in three coursework units including a mark of at least 65 per cent in EDUC5631 Approaches to Research.

Course for offshore students

14. Offshore students are only permitted to complete the course by way of coursework and must choose units from a published subset.

Credit

15.(1) Subject to (3), the Faculty may grant credit—

(a) in the course by way of thesis and coursework, for coursework units to a total value of 12 points;

(2) Within the overall credit limit, credit may be granted for work completed in courses provided by professional providers or private educational institutions to a maximum value of six points.

(3) Subject to University Policy students in the course by way of coursework who have completed a graduate diploma which articulates with the course are credited with all units completed in the diploma course.

[1 and 2 are approved exceptions to University Policy]