Courses & Details

Program Code 12351
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 084171G
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to face on campus and on-line

Description

The Master of Educational Studies (Program Code 12351) is a Level 9 AQF compliant postgraduate Coursework program and is available for students who commence their studies from 2015.

The Master of Educational Studies degree is intended for practising teachers and other educators who wish to gain postgraduate professional qualifications in a wide variety of educational contexts and to acquire or update their expertise. The approach used in the program blends theory and practice, with an emphasis on applying research findings to best educational practices. The program is undertaken by coursework, with the option of undertaking an Educational Research specialisation consisting of a minor thesis with research methodology courses.

NOTE: this is NOT an initial teaching qualification, it is assumed that applicants are qualified teachers. The Master of Educational Studies is available in the following specialisations:

  • Educational Research
  • Engineering Education
  • ICT and Digital Learning
  • International Comparative and Curriculum Studies
  • Mathematics Education
  • Pedagogy
  • TESOL/L2

Alternatively, students may choose to undertake a general Master of Educational Studies where they do not want the degree awarded with a specialisation. To complete the general Master of Educational Studies students must complete the core courses (if completing the 120 unit program) and then two compulsory course from any one specialisation, the remaining units may be chosen from any other courses listed within the program.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Educational Studies may be completed in 120 units or 80 units dependent on previous qualifications or combination of qualifications and relevant work experience.

The cognate discipline areas for the Master of Educational Studies include: degree level teaching and education qualifications. Relevant work experience is as a teacher or related to education.

The program has been structured to allow registered Australian teachers with 2 years of relevant work experience to complete the Master of Educational Studies in only 80 units. Full admission requirements are detailed below.

The following requirements must be met for admission to the program:

  • AQF Level 7 in a cognate area plus two (2) years relevant work experience must complete 80 units (1 year full-time or equivalent part-time).

  • AQF Level 8 in a non-cognate area plus two (2) years relevant work experience must complete 120 units (1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time).

  • 40 unit AQF Level 8 in a cognate plus two (2) years relevant work experience area must complete 120 units (1.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time).

  • 40 unit AQF Level 8 in a cognate area must complete 120 units (1.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time).

  • AQF Level 8 in a cognate area with at least 80 units of education courses must complete 120 units (1.5 year full-time or equivalent part time).

  • AQF Level 8 in a cognate area with at least 80 units of education courses plus two (2) years relevant work experience must complete 80 units (1 year full-time or equivalent part-time).

Students not eligible for admission may seek entry to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies.

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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/non-school-leavers/applying-and-credit

Professional Accreditation

Some accreditation is possible within some areas. The degree, however, is not an initial teaching qualification. Please contact Program Convenor.

International Students

The Educational Research specialisation is only available to international students studying onshore at the Callaghan (Newcastle) campus, this specialisations cannot be completed fully online.

The International Comparative & Curriculum Studies, Pedagogy and TESOL/L2 specialisations are available to international students who wish to study onshore at the Callaghan (Newcastle) campus or those students studying online from their home country.

The Engineering Education, Mathematics, and ICT and Digital Learning specialisations are available ONLY via Weblearn (i.e. via distance education) and are available to international students studying online from their home country. These specialisations are not available to international students studying onshore.

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Additional Information

The program may be undertaken on-campus or through WebLearn. Please refer to the course listings below for individual course availability and location of offer as not all courses are offered in both modes. All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. 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.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Educational Studies is a 120 unit, AQF Level 9 Masters Coursework qualification. Program requirements and the volume of learning are dependent on the student’s prior academic qualifications and relevant work experience. To qualify for the Master of Educational Studies students must successfully complete:

Volume of learning - 120 units - 1.5 years full-time:

* Core Courses - 40 units
* Compulsory and Directed courses for one specialisation - 40 units
* 40 units of program directed or the Compulsory and Directed Courses for a second specialisation

The Engineering specialisation requires the completion of 50 units of compulsory courses, students completing this specialisation will not be able to complete a second specialisation.

Please note the following for those who wish to complete a Minor Thesis as demonstration of capacity for later RHD candidature: Students must enrol in EDUC6026, EDUC6027 and EDUC6048 and either EDUC6049, EDUC6050 or EDUC6296.

Students who undertake the 120 unit pathway will complete the 40 unit core courses (EDUC4940, EDUC6740, EDUC6741, or EDUC6751) in addition to the requirements of the 80 unit pathway (described below).

Students who qualify for the 80 unit pathway will typically complete 40 units in one specialisation (including the compulsory courses for that specialisation), plus an additional 40 units. They may complete two 40 unit specialisations.  Students may also choose to complete the program without a specialisation, in which case they will complete 20 compulsory units from any one specialisation plus 60 units of any courses listed within the program

Students undertaking the 80 unit pathway will generally NOT required to complete the core courses (EDUC4940, EDUC6740, EDUC6741, or EDUC6751).

Not all courses are offered each semester. The Faculty reserves the right not to offer courses if there is insufficient demand.

Transition Arrangements

Any student who commenced the non-AQF compliant Master of Educational Studies (10418) prior to Semester 1, 2015, and can meet the program requirements and learning outcomes of the AQF compliant version of the program without requiring the completion of additional units than the program they enrolled in, will be eligible to apply to be transitioned to the AQF compliant program.

Students who do not meet the requirements above may complete the program they commenced in. These students can also choose to apply for admission to the AQF compliant Master of Educational Studies (12351), and will be advised on application on credit and advanced standing available to them, dependent on prior study, other degree studies and/or RPL.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EDUC4940 Research Design and Critique
Only students completing the 120 unit pathway will be required to complete the core courses.
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
EDUC6740 Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts
Only students completing the 120 unit pathway will be required to complete the core courses.
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6741 Literacies, Language and Learning
Only students completing the 120 unit pathway will be required to complete the core courses.
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6751 Knowledge and Communication Technologies
Only students completing the 120 unit pathway will be required to complete the core courses.
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Educational Research

Compulsory Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6026 Minor Thesis A
RHD candidature requirement
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6027 Minor Thesis B
RHD candidature requirement
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6048 Research Methodology
RHD candidature requirement
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 10 units from Specialisation Directed Courses
EDUC6049 Educational Research Methodology 2: Qualitative
RHD candidature requirement
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6050 Educational Research Methodology 1: Quantitative
RHD candidature requirement
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Engineering Education

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6504 Engineering Studies 1 Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6505 Engineering Studies 2 Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6506 Engineering Studies 3 Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6507 Engineering Studies 4 Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

ICT and Digital Learning

Compulsory Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6018 Contemporary Issues in ICT and Education Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6038 ICT in Education Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Specialisation Directed Courses
EDUC6042 Digitally Supported Learning Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6101 Web 2.0 and Beyond Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6240 Teaching the Digital Generation Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6241 Screen Education Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

International Comparative and Curriculum Studies

Compulsory Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6260 Education and International Development: Global perspectives Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Specialisation Directed Courses
ECON6430 Issues in Developing Economies Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6021 Advanced Educational Studies 1 Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6261 Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemmas Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6262 Educating for Peace Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units

Mathematics Education

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6102 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 1 Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6103 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 2 Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6104 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 3 Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6105 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 4 Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6106 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 5 Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6107 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 6 Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6108 Current Issues in Secondary Schooling Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6109 Integrated Fieldwork Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

Pedagogy

Compulsory Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6200 Productive Classroom Practice Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6201 Productive Assessment Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 20 units from Specialisation Directed Courses
EDUC6028 Advanced Educational Studies 2 Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6030 Power and Pedagogy Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6132 Supervision and Mentoring of Teachers Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6202 Productive Curriculum Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6203 Productive Teacher Learning Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units

TESOL/L2

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.
EDUC6023 Cultural Variations in Language Learning Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6124 English for Special Purposes Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6251 Information Technology and ESL/EFL Teaching Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6252 Socio-cultural Context for ESL/EFL Teaching Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
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