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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
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Study Postgraduate Education

If you are a practising education professional with a desire to develop an advanced understanding of your area of expertise and professional qualifications then the Master of Education is the program for you. This program will enhance your knowledge of education practice and theory, explore contemporary education issues, and connect you with the latest developments in the field. Upon graduation you will be positioned as an educational leader and open diverse career pathways that will see you excel within the classroom or take you out of the classroom.

Graduates will join a community of highly accomplished and lead teachers using world-class research to improve the lives and learning of all children.

Why study with us?

  • What you learn is relevant: apply your course learning and assignments directly to your own organisation as soon as you enrol – not just when you graduate.
  • Be recognised internationally - the University of Newcastle's School of Education is ranked in the world's top 150 for education (QS World University Rankings by subject 2020).
  • Fast-track your career - this degree will increase your professional capacity making you highly employable. With enhanced teaching and leadership capabilities you will stand out at the forefront of the professional education industry.
  • Study anywhere, anytime - the Master of Education is offered as combined face-to-face and online learning providing you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study.
  • Work anywhere in the world - our Master of Education is recognised nationally and internationally, allowing you to pursue career opportunities anywhere in the world.
  • Our graduates get jobs - 96.2% of our postgraduate teacher graduates found employment within four months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-2021).

Kirrily's Story: Creating opportunity for career advancement

World top 150 ? for Education
89.4% ? of our postgraduate teaching students expressed overall satisfaction with their course
Professional placement and work integrated learning opportunities
96.2% employed ? within four months of graduating

What you will study

The Master of Education is designed to drive students towards success in the teaching industry. You will study a range of subjects geared around theoretical and practical applications of teaching, learning and leadership.


The Master of Education is intended for Teachers who wish to retrain in an additional teaching area or gain further professional learning.

Professional Learning is available in:

  • Advanced Studies in Education

Teacher Retraining is provided in the areas of:

  • Mathematics;

International onshore students can only enrol in the following specialisations:

  • Advanced Studies in Education
  • Domestic and International on-campus student
    • Advanced Studies in Education
  • Domestic and International online student
    • Advanced Studies in Education
  • International on-campus student
    • ​TESOL
  • International online student
    • TESOL
    • Mathematics Teaching
  • Domestic on-campus student - *some courses below may be available online
    • TESOL
  • Domestic online student - *some courses below may be available on-campus
    • TESOL
    • Mathematics Teaching

Our retraining specialisations are structured according to the Subject Content Knowledge Requirements Policy of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Applicants living in New South Wales seeking to use the retraining specialisation to add an additional teaching qualification (in Mathematics or TESOL) to their portfolio must already hold an accredited teaching degree and must be registered as a teacher with NESA. For recognition in other states, territories and countries, graduates should contact the regulatory authority in the relevant jurisdiction to determine the specific requirements for recognition as a teacher in that area.


Career opportunities

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Education prepares you with the skills and knowledge to build on your current teaching experience and further your career in education. You will graduate with an advanced understanding of the values and ethical principles that underlie the broad field of education and the conduct of various research traditions in complex settings in an ethical, collaborative, professional and accountable manner. You will enter the professional workforce with the ability to articulate an educational perspective in regards to the broader community issues of ethical conduct, equity and social justice. Graduates can embark on some of the following career pathways:

  • Higher Education Teacher within TAFEs and university sectors
  • Education Consultant or Advisor within TAFEs, universities or schools
  • Specialist Teacher in areas such as TESOL and secondary maths
  • Leadership, Coordination, Specialist or Professional Development positions in school systems

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

The Master of Education is an 80-unit postgraduate qualification for:

  • qualified teachers who wish to gain an additional teaching area in Mathematics or TESOL; or
  • qualified teachers who wish to undertake professional development.

Admission is available for applicants who have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

Teacher Retraining

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Education/Teaching; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree in Education/Teaching; or
  • Bachelor Degree in Education/Teaching.

Professional Development

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Education/Teaching; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree in Education/Teaching; or
  • Bachelor Degree in Education/Teaching.

Relevant fields include education, teaching, training, tutoring, or equivalent.



All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.