Master of Education - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

D6002

Credit points

96

Abbreviated title

MEd

CRICOS code

078862J

Managing faculty

Education

Coordinator

Student advisersStudent advisers (http://www.monash.edu.au/education/current-students/contact/)

Contact details

Monash Connect: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)

Faculty of EducationFaculty of Education (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/contact/)

Admission and fees

Australia

Course progression map

D6002 (pdf)

Course type

Specialist
Master by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

This course normally takes 2 years full-time to complete but if you have relevant entry qualifications you may receive credit and be able to complete the course in 1.5 years or 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.

You have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)

Off-campus (Clayton)

Multi-modal (Singapore)

Award

Master of Education

Master of Education in Adult Learning

Master of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Master of Education in Digital Learning

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy

Master of Education in Expert Teaching Practice

Master of Education in Inclusive and Special Education

The actual award conferred depends on the specialisation completed.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Education Studies

Graduate Diploma of Education Studies

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.

Description

This course addresses learning in schools, workplaces and community. It connects research and practice in order to make you a stronger thinker, an engaged practitioner and an advanced specialist in a field of education.

The course addresses the professional learning needs of educators, educational administrators, managers, policy makers and others interested or involved in learning and education or educational work in the wider community, whether based locally or internationally. You will broaden your knowledge of key learning constructs, deepen your professional learning in specialist areas and advance your capacity as a professional inquirer.

A pathway to graduate research is available and if you are interested in this pathway you should consult the student adviser. The pathway is not available at the point of entry.

Note: This course does not provide a recognised initial teaching qualification. If you are seeking an initial teaching qualification you should refer to the information on the Faculty of Education's Master of TeachingMaster of Teaching (http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2018/teaching-d6001?id=429176) course.

Specialisations

You can complete general education studies or one of the following specialisations:

  • Adult learning
  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Digital learning
  • Early childhood education
  • Educational leadership and policy
  • Expert teaching practice
  • Inclusive and special education.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. develop knowledge and understanding of educational contexts and their issues, values and practices
  2. extend their understanding of key concepts relating to education
  3. examine areas of enhanced professional learning and develop a deeper understanding of professional practice
  4. develop critical analytical skills in discussing relevant research and academic concepts
  5. apply research processes to areas of professional interest and practice
  6. synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level
  7. demonstrate advanced capacity as knowledgeable, evidence-informed and reflective practitioners.

Professional recognition

If you complete the applied behaviour analysis specialisation and graduate from the course you will have met two of the three requirements to sit the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination administered by the Behavior Analyst Certification BoardBehavior Analyst Certification Board (http://bacb.com/). The third requirement is supervised professional practice which is not included in this course. You need to make your own arrangements for supervised practice.

Registered teachers who complete the inclusive and special education specialisation in this course will be qualified as Special Education Teacchers.

Structure

The course is structured in four parts: Part A. Orientation to education, Part B. Key constructs in education, Part C. Enhanced professional learning and Part D. Professional inquiry. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A and some units from other parts.

Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.

Part A. Orientation to education

These studies will introduce you to contemporary issues in the study of education. They are intended for students who come into the course without previous qualifications in education or work experience in education-related fields. You will engage with academic traditions and scholarly practices in the field of education at the postgraduate level, become acquainted with a broad range of debates across education contexts and develop an understanding of the complexities in the field.

Part B. Key constructs in education

These studies present key theoretical frames to understand ideas and research conducted across a broad theme of significance in the study of education. The themes offered include learners and learning, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, education and work, sustainability and inclusion, from which you will choose one or two. You will engage with research that responds to the themes you choose and, as a result, advance your capacity to apply scholarly concepts in education more broadly.

Part C. Enhanced professional learning

These studies will deepen your knowledge of particular ideas and practices around your specialisation, build your skills and address professional issues. Taken together, knowledge and skills gained will develop your expertise in the area of your specialisation to be applied across your learning and work contexts.

Part D. Professional inquiry

The focus of these studies is professional inquiry. You will address the challenges and opportunities of using and evaluating research evidence in professional practice. This could include engagement in practice in a field of professional work relevant to your specialisation. This may include an independent research dimension requiring the knowledge and application of research principles.

Requirements

The course comprises 96 points structured into four parts: Part A. Orientation to education (24 points), Part B. Key constructs in education (12 or 24 points), Part C. Enhanced professional learning (24 or 36 points) and Part D. Professional inquiry (12 or 24 points).

If you are admitted at:

  • entry level 1 you complete 96 points (8 units), comprising Part A (2 units), Part B (1 or 2 units), Part C (2 or 3 units) and Part D (1 or 2 units*).
  • entry level 2 you complete 72 points (6 units), comprising units from Part B (1 or 2 units), Part C (2 or 3 units) and Part D (1 or 2 units*).
  • entry level 3 you complete 48 points (4 units), comprising units from Part B (1 unit), Part C (2 units)and Part D (1 unit*).

* Two units are required in Part D. if you are taking the pathway to graduate research.

Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.

Units are 12 credit points unless otherwise stated.

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-d6002.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Part A. Orientation to education (24 points)

You must complete:

  • EDF4610 Interacting with research in education contexts
  • EDF4611 Investigating education issues in global contexts

Part B. Key constructs in education (12 or 24 points)

You must complete one or two units from the following:

  • EDF5620 Leading education and work
  • EDF5621 Challenging curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • EDF5622 Developing learners and learning
  • EDF5623 Deepening education and sustainability
  • EDF5632 Understanding inclusion in learning communities*
  • EDF5680 Behaviour analysis: Concepts and foundations**

* If you are in the inclusive and special education specialisation you must complete this unit in your Part B studies. If not you may select this unit in your Part C studies.

** If you are in the applied behaviour analysis specialisation you must complete this unit in your Part B studies. If not may select this unit in your Part C studies.

Part C. Enhanced professional learning (24 or 36 points)

You must complete two or three units, from those listed under your specialisation, or as detailed for general education studies:

General education studies

This general stream allows you to advance your professional interests across a broad range of unit choices. You can explore relationships between research and practice across contexts of choice, such as school, vocational, tertiary, workplace and community. You will select units of interest from across the specialisations and, in this way, construct a generalist course that addresses specific professional and personal interests.

You must complete two or three units from those listed under any of the above specialisations.

Part D. Professional inquiry (12 or 24 points)

If you are in the inclusive and special education specialisation you must complete the following 12 point unit with the option to complete the 0-point professional experience unit if you are eligible:

  • EDF5692 Professional practice in special and inclusive education
  • EDF5699 Extended teaching practice (0 points)*

* This unit is only available if you are registered to teach in Australia.

If you are in the other specialisations you complete one or two of the following research-related units:

  • EDF5691 Professional project
  • EDF5693 Using and evaluating research evidence
  • EDF5694 Taking a stand in education debates
  • EDF5695 Self-study as professional inquiry
  • EDF5814Not offered in 2019 Creative research approaches

Pathway to graduate research

A pathway to graduate research (e.g. master's by research, PhD) is available if you** achieve a weighted average mark of at least 75% in the units of this course. On-campus attendance is required for this pathway. This is not available at the point of entry, however if you are commencing at entry level 1 or 2 and interested in this possibility you must make space to pursue the two required units in Part D by restricting the number of units across Part B and Part C accordingly.

If you are commencing at entry level 3 (48 credit points) and interested in the pathway to graduate research you must achieve a 75% average in your first two units to be eligible. If you are initially enrolled in a specialisation you will be required to transfer to the general award, Master of Education, in order to complete the pathway to graduate research.

If you are invited into this pathway you take the following two units:

  • EDF5613 Research approaches in education
  • EDF5614 Research project in education

** Due to professional accreditation requirements, the research pathway is not available if you are undertaking the inclusive and special education specialisation.

Alternative exits

You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Education Studies after successful completion of 24 points of study.
  • Graduate Diploma of Education Studies after successful completion of 48 points of study.

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research if you are invited to complete EDF5613 (Research approaches in education) and EDF5614 (Research project in education) and meet the following requirements:

  • If you achieve a weighted average mark of at least 70% and a minimum mark of 70% in EDF5613 and EDF5614 you may apply for admission to 0079 Doctor of Philosophy.
  • If you achieve a weighted average mark of at least 65% and a minimum mark of 65% in EDF5613 and EDF5614 you may apply for admission to 3204 Master of Education. You may receive up to 24 points of credit towards the coursework requirement.