Master of Education (coursework and dissertation)

This course engages students in the analysis of leading research, theories, debates and evidence-based practices in education. Students learn about historical and contemporary trends and issues in Australian education as well as globally through a suite of complementary subjects taught by active researchers and educational leaders. The course enables students to connect their learning with their own experiences, broadening their knowledge and enhancing their professional skills and dispositions. Students choose an area of specialisation to suit their interests and aspirations. This course provides a potential pathway to doctoral studies.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Education (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MEd
Course code
30580
Course type
master's degree by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2021
Administered by
Graduate School of Education
CRICOS code
003029G

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth), Singapore
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Grace Oakley
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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

Specialisations

SP-EDLDP 3. Educational Leadership
SP-LNTCH 2. Learning and Teaching
SP-MHWB 1. Mental Health and Wellbeing

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; N/A = not available in 2021; 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 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NS, S1EDUC5620Master's Dissertation (12 points)
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a master's degree in Education
Co-requisites:
EDUC5631 Approaches to Research
Incompatibility:
Nil.
independent self-directed learning, plus regular seminars
NSEDUC5631Approaches to Research
Prerequisites:
nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
25 hours compressed mode over 4 full days; offshore as required

Take unit to the value of 6 points OR select an option unit from the other specialisations below.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AEDUC5519Contemporary Reforms in Education
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
24 hours, a total of 150 hours total time commitment
S1EDUC5616International and Comparative Education
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
N/AEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
25 hours
N/AEDUC5634Qualitative Inquiry
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
25 hours
N/AEDUC5637Measurement and Evaluation
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks)
NSEDUC5639Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks
NS, S1EDUC5660Education Studies
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Professional Education 31310, Master of Education 30580, Master of Education (thesis and coursework) 31700, Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (articulated) 30240, Master of Educational Leadership (coursework and dissertation) 30520 and the Master of Educational Leadership (thesis and coursework) 31650
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
reading and conference sessions: 25 hours

1. Mental Health and Wellbeing specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5010Assessing and Interpreting Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing
Prerequisites:
EDUC5639 Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
Intensive teaching
NSEDUC5011Promoting Child and Adolescent Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
Prerequisites:
EDUC5639 Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology and EDUC5010 Assessing and Interpreting Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
NSEDUC5012Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing: Translating Theory into Practice
Prerequisites:
EDUC5010 Assessing and Interpreting Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing, EDUC5639 Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology and EDUC5011 Promoting Child and Adolescent Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
NSEDUC5639Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks

2. Learning and Teaching specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSEDUC5608Integrating Pedagogy and Technology
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks—face-to-face (50 per cent) and online (50 per cent)
NSEDUC5636Assessment and Measurement
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks)
NSEDUC5658Globalising Education Policy
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
12 x 2 hour online workshops
NSEDUC5678Improving Learning and Teaching in the Curriculum
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks); offshore as required

3. Educational Leadership specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EDUC5610Human Resource Development in Education
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
NSEDUC5612Leadership for Learning
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
seminars: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks; offshore as required
NSEDUC5636Assessment and Measurement
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks)
NSEDUC5658Globalising Education Policy
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
12 x 2 hour online workshops

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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—

(a) (i) a three year Bachelor's degree and a Graduate Diploma, or equivalent qualifications as recognised by UWA, or

(ii) a four year Bachelor of Education or Graduate Diploma in Education or Master of Teaching, or an equivalent qualification as recognised by UWA, or

(iii) a Bachelor's degree requiring at least four years of full-time study

and

(b) at least two years of professional experience in a relevant occupation.

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:

  • 30380 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education (24 points)
  • 30580 Master of Education (48 points)
  • 31310 Graduate Diploma in Professional Education (24 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.

(3) Units completed in the Graduate Diploma will only be credited towards a 48 point Masters course if the Graduate Diploma is not conferred.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-EDLDP 3. Educational Leadership
  • SP-LNTCH 2. Learning and Teaching
  • SP-MHWB 1. Mental Health and Wellbeing

(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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 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 who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 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
External study

13. The Faculty may, in appropriate circumstances, permit a student to complete the course at an institution approved by the Academic Board for all or part of the prescribed period of study.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Progression

14.(1) Except as set out in Rule 15, 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.

(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 15, 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

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

Credit

16. Units completed in one of the articulating Graduate Diplomas will only be credited towards a 48 point Masters course if the Graduate Diploma is not conferred.