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Program Code40013

Program handbook


The Master of Leadership and Management in Education program is focused on exposing students to innovative research and practice in the leadership, management and administration of educational institutions. Taught by experienced practitioners and active researchers in the field, this program explicitly integrates theory and practice to enable graduates to apply the latest research to refine and improve practice in their own contexts. Many alumni of the program have been successful in gaining promotion and/or admission to doctoral study.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • The ability to critically analyse complex educational issues and/or apply research findings to inform and lead professional practice in a variety of settings
  • The ability to engage through advanced effective written communication in professional discourse and debate on education
  • The ability to develop advanced constructive strategies, plans or solutions for diverse educational communities and stakeholders
  • The ability to critically reflect and act upon the implication of research and knowledge production to improve education


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Program code40013
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code023082C

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Admission information

Admission requirements

The Master of Leadership and Management in Education is an 80-unit postgraduate qualification, with admission available for applicants who have at least two years’ work experience and one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or
  • Bachelor Degree; or
  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' demonstrable relevant work experience.

Relevant fields and applicable work experience includes education, teaching, training, education manager, or equivalent.

Work experience can be demonstrated through: certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

The Master of Leadership and Management in Education is an AQF Level 9 Masters Coursework qualification.  To qualify for the Master of Leadership and Management in Education students must successfully complete 80 units of study consisting of a combination of 40 units of core courses, and 40 units of selected courses from the directed list.

Students must only complete courses that form part of the program and must not complete more than 80 units.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Transition arrangements

The program underwent a major revision, for implementation in 2017. 

EDUC6016 has been replaced by EDUC6116, EDUC6017 has been replaced by EDUC6117, EDUC6019 has been replaced by EDUC6119 and EDUC6020 has been replaced by EDUC6120. Students who have successfully completed the previous version of the core course must not enroll in the equivalent version of that course.

Students who commenced the program prior to 2017 and have successfully completed core courses available at that time, will count them towards the required 40 units of core courses.

Continuing students are advised to contact their Program Adviser or Program Convenor to discuss individual transition arrangements. Any student who has failed or has not yet completed the original courses must choose courses from the current approved list.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Choose 40 units from the following core courses to complete the requirements of the program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6116Sustaining Strategic Leadership
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6117Building High-Quality Learning Environments
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6119Leading for Learning
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6120Research and School Transformation
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 40 units of Directed Courses from the following list of courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6000Understanding Aspirations for Greater Equity
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6026Minor Thesis A
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6027Minor Thesis B
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6036Educational Leadership and ICT
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6048Research Methodology
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6049Educational Research Methodology 2: Qualitative
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6050Educational Research Methodology 1: Quantitative
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6051Industry/Work Based ProjectNot currently offered10 units
EDUC6132Supervision and Mentoring of Teachers
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6268International Education Policy: Trends and DebatesNot currently offered10 units
EDUC6350School Leadership Research
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6351Data Mining for School Leaders
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6352Australian School Leadership
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6353Leading and Managing Educational Change
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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