Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
Face to Face, Online
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.
$31,505 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
1 year full-time.
Face to Face, Online
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.
The Master of Education is designed to propel students towards success in the teaching industry. You will study a range of progressive subjects geared around the theoretical and practical application of teaching, learning and leadership.
The program consists of a core course and fourteen (14) specialisations split into Professional Learning and Teacher Retraining. The core course is intended to enhance student capacity to understand and interpret educational research methodologies and findings, critically interrogate research questions, conceptual frameworks, analytical techniques, and conclusions.
The specific courses students study are determined by the specialisation area chosen and the mode of study chosen, whether on-campus or online. Listed below are the various program structures students can take:
Our retraining specialisation is structured according to the Subject Content Knowledge Requirements Policy of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).
Some courses within these specialisations may count as professional development to maintain Proficient Teacher status for Standards 1, 2, and 3. Please talk with the program convenor for specific details of the courses that count as professional development with NESA.
Upon completion of the above courses you will have developed high-level leadership skills in teaching and learning within the education sector. Applicants living in New South Wales seeking to use a retraining specialisation to add an additional teaching qualification to their portfolio must already hold an accredited teaching degree and have been registered as a teachers 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.
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
The University of Newcastle’s Master of Education prepares you with the skills and knowledge to build on your current teaching experience and pursue a career in educational leadership. 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: