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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 specialisations in Educational Leadership, Educational Wellbeing and Educational Inclusion and Diversity.

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.

Course Learning Outcome

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 four core units and three specialisation options: Educational Leadership, Educational Wellbeing and Educational Inclusion and Diversity.

A further option is to complete the four core units and then select four more units from the course offerings, 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

To be eligible to receive the Master of Education students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:

  • 4 core units (48 credit points), and
  • 4 units (48 credit points) in a specialisation, or
  • any 4 units (48 credit points) from the specialisations.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Education after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising 4 core units.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Core Units

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


Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes
Complete the following three (3) units:
ACC81210 Accounting for Managers (Online) Introductory
EDU93113 Evaluation for Improved Teaching and Learning Advanced
MNG93215 Human Resource Management (Online) Advanced
Choose one (1) of the following units:
MNG91211 The Positive Leader (Online) Introductory
MNG82210 Organisational Behaviour (Online) Introductory

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
EDU92105 Valuing Diversity Intermediate
WEL92106 Supporting Students in Difficult Times Intermediate
TCHR6003 Inclusive Education, Theory, Policy and Practice Advanced
TCHR6002 Technology and Collaboration to Support Learning and Participation Intermediate