Overview

Master of Leadership and Management in Education

The Master of Leadership and Management in Education offers the unique experience to build upon your leadership capacity as an aspiring or ambitious leader. You will advance your knowledge in leadership and management including the management of people, implementing policy and strategic management.

Learning from experienced practitioners and active researchers in educational management, you will develop and master relevant skills in areas such as educational change, influencing society and strategic management whilst applying your knowledge and skills your own work, whether that be in higher education leadership, school leadership or TAFE-delivered vocational education and training (TVET) Leadership.

You will take away skills and knowledge at an advanced level to expand your career opportunities as a leader and manager in education.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Leadership and Management in Education at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Leadership and Management in Education is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you an educational manager, leader or teacher looking to take your career to new horizons as a leader or manager in an educational setting? The Master of Leadership and Management in Education at the University of Newcastle has been the postgraduate program of choice. The flexible nature of the program, being offered online, enables people to study anywhere, anytime, encouraging its international popularity and success.

Developed and is taught by experienced practitioners and active researchers in the field of educational management, the Master of Leadership and Management in Education from the University of Newcastle will teach you about the theory and practices of the leadership, management and administration in educational institutions. The program provides specific expertise in research-based and data driven decision making, an international perspective, and a commitment to providing leadership that meets the global imperative to understand and provide educational equity.

As a graduate you will be empowered to improve the practices within your own educational setting.

This acquired knowledge will prepare you to successfully take on leadership roles upon graduation or if you desire, gain admission to doctoral study.

Career Pathways

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Leadership and Management in Education prepares graduates with advanced skills, knowledge and practical experience to best prepare you to successfully advance your careers in the educational field.

Depending on your experience and career goals, you may find opportunities in the education system such as:

  • head or leading teacher
  • assistant or deputy principal
  • school principal
  • educational administrators
  • curriculum leaders.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Admission to the Master of Leadership and Management in Education program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and work experience.

The University of Newcastle may award advance standing towards this program in recognition of prior learning. The table below outlines the typical number of units that students will be required to complete, depending on their previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience Units  to complete Masters
Bachelor (Hons) in a non-related field of study Two 120
Graduate Certificate in a related field study Two 120
Bachelor (Hons) in a related field of study (with at least 80 units of Education courses). Two 80

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

All students must provide evidence of a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. This experience must entail what The Australian Institute of Standards for Teaching and School Leadership designates as meeting ‘Highly Accomplished’ professional standards.

Applicants who cannot provide evidence of 2 years as a head teacher or a manager in a School, should outline how their experience aligns with the "Highly Accomplished" standards.

Applicants must provide a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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