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Advocate for better education. Shape the minds of tomorrow. Be a leading force in your industry. With a Master of Education from Southern Cross University, you’ll be prepared for all the challenges that come with a fulfilling career in education.

Our Master of Education online course is designed to enhance the ability of professional educators. We understand that the education sector is constantly evolving, which is why our online Master of Education is structured to help you perform successfully as an educational leader in contemporary contexts.

This course offers three specialisations: Educational Leadership, Educational Wellbeing and Educational Research.

With a curriculum tailored to your interests and career ambitions, you can choose to grow in the direction you’re most passionate about and build a rewarding future.

Learn more about the online course offering.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Critically analyse, synthesize and evaluate educational contexts, concepts and theories to arrive at a conclusion, and justify that decision. Apply knowledge of evaluation and research principles and methods to analyse issues and solve problems in educational contexts.


Demonstrate initiative by identifying innovative and creative responses to emerging educational challenges. Conceive preferable educational futures, and propose inventive ways to achieve them.

Ethical practice

Critically evaluate the implications of challenging ethical issues in education at the interpersonal, organisational, and governance levels. Demonstrate a commitment to social justice, human rights, ethics and sustainability in professional practice, scholarship, and research.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate advanced and integrated theoretical and practical understanding of a specialised area of education with a global perspective. Locate, evaluate, and implement theory to generate reliable data, making defensible evidence-based professional and organisational decisions about complex educational problems.

Lifelong learning

Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional learning. Critically reflect on demonstrating professional discernment, autonomy, resilience, responsibility and accountability when responding to change.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills in both academic and professional settings. Demonstrate responsive leadership and the capacity to facilitate collaboration between a diverse range of individuals and teams.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate a commitment to education founded on respect for the rights or all persons. Critically reflect on how a global perspective of educational practice can encourage inclusivity and cultural competence.

The Master of Education consists of compulsory units and a specialisation of your choice. Select one of three specialisations: Educational Leadership, Educational Wellbeing or Educational Research with a curriculum tailored to your interest. 

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online Study Period 1 , Study Period 2 , Study Period 3 , Study Period 4 , Study Period 5 , Study Period 6 N/A N/A


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Master of Education a candidate must successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points), comprising:
    1. All units listed in Part A; and
    2. one (1) four (4) unit specialisation from Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  2. a candidate who, while enrolled in the Master of Education, has successfully completed not less than four (4) units (48 credit points) being all units in Part A of the Schedule attached to these Rules, may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Education, following withdrawal from candidature for the Masters’ degree.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A - Core Units

EDU83101 Contemporary Educational Leadership Advanced
EDU83102 Contemporary Educational Contexts Advanced
EDU92103 Leading Professional Learning Intermediate
EDU93104 Educational Investigation Advanced

Part B - Specialisations

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
ACC81210 Accounting for Managers (Online) Introductory
MNG93215 Human Resource Management (Online) Advanced
MNG91211 The Positive Leader (Online) Introductory
EDU93113 Evaluation for Improved Teaching and Learning Advanced

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
EDU92105 Valuing Diversity Intermediate
WEL92106 Supporting Students in Difficult Times Intermediate
EDU93107 Educational Leadership and Wellbeing Advanced
WEL93108 Enhancing Student Wellbeing Advanced

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
EDU93109 Evaluative Literature Review Advanced
EDU93110 Educational Research Methods Advanced
EDU93111 Research Project Part 1 Advanced
EDU93112 Research Project Part 2 Advanced