Master of Educational Studies

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Overview

Are you interested or involved in learning and education with a desire to continue your professional development? Or are you looking to specialise your teaching skills in a key area such as personalised learning or information and communications technology (ICT) and digital learning?

The Master of Educational Studies from the University of Newcastle is focused on combining both theory and practice to help you apply your knowledge in modern educational environments. Within this advanced program you will develop an advanced understanding of the broader issues which affect the learning environment. Specialisations within the program include:

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

Whichever path you choose, this comprehensive program offers you the opportunity to broaden your career opportunities in the education profession.

Choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your needs as well as at one of our many locations including our Callaghan campus or study 100% online.

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Is It For You?

If you are a professional educator, interested in developing your skills and career opportunities in the field, the Master of Educational Studies could be the program for you. Supported by flexible learning and the ability to tailor the program to suit you individual requirements, the Master of Educational Studies at the University of Newcastle offered a convenient and highly regarded education, providing you with an optimal educational experience.

Career Opportunities

Developed for educators, educational administrators, managers, policy makers and others interested or involved in learning and education, the Master of Educational Studies has been designed to provide a platform to enhance and specialise your career opportunities and professional needs. The University of Newcastle’s reputable postgraduate program will prepare you for senior roles in public or private schools, or even take you out of the classroom and into consultancy or advisory positions.

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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. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Educational Studies program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

Applicants will be considered if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • Bachelor Degree in education/teaching plus 2 years experience
  • Bachelor Honours Degree in education/teaching
  • Graduate Certificate in education/teaching
  • Diploma in education/teaching with a minimum of 10 years teaching experience

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Educational Studies? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Educational Studies and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, please visit the program page.

If you would like your work experience to be considered, please provide a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

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

MATHEMATICS SPECIALISATION

Applicants wishing to complete the Master of Educational Studies Mathematics retraining program must provide evidence of their mathematical aptitude.

Applicants must either provide a copy of their HSC 2 unit Mathematics (or equivalent) results. If you are not able to provide evidence of your HSC results, please provide evidence of any Mathematics studies completed at the undergraduate level and/or any experience teaching mathematics.

All applicants must also pass an online Mathematics Diagnostics Quiz. After submitting an online application for admission to the Master of Educational Studies (Mathematics) program, you will be sent an invitation to complete the online test. This quiz is designed to be comparable with HSC General Mathematics (Band Four).

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 40012
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 000627J
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Face to Face
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Description

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

Admission Requirements

Bachelor Degree in education/teaching plus 2 years experience

OR

Bachelor Honours Degree in education/teaching

OR

Graduate Certificate in education/teaching

OR

Diploma in education/teaching with a minimum of 10 years teaching experience

 

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language 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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Educational Studies is an AQF Level 9 Masters Coursework qualification.  To qualify for the Master of Educational Studies students must successfully complete 80 units of study consisting of a combination of compulsory, directed, and elective courses that varies according to the selected specialisation.  Students will typically complete 40 units in one specialisation (including the compulsory courses for that specialisation), plus an additional 40 units of electives.  They may also use their elective units to complete a second 40 unit specialisation.

Please note that the Mathematics Education specialisation consists exclusively of 80 units of compulsory courses.  This specilisation is only for qualified teachers seeking mathematics as an additional teaching area.  It is not an initial teacher education qualification.

Also note that candidates who wish to complete a Minor Thesis as demonstration of capacity for later Research Higher Degree candidature (ie. Entry to a doctoral program), must enrol in EDUC6026, EDUC6027 and EDUC6048 and either EDUC6049 or EDUC6050.

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.

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

 

Course Information

Educational Research

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6026 Minor Thesis A Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6027 Minor Thesis B Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6048 Research Methodology Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 10 units from the following directed courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6049 Educational Research Methodology 2: Qualitative Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6050 Educational Research Methodology 1: Quantitative Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

Engineering

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6504 Engineering Studies 1 Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6505 Engineering Studies 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6506 Engineering Studies 3 Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6507 Engineering Studies 4 Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

ICT and Digital Learning

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6018 Contemporary Issues in ICT and Education Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6038 ICT in Education Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6042 Digitally Supported Learning Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6101 Web 2.0 and Beyond Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6240 Teaching the Digital Generation Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6241 Screen Education Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

International Comparative and Curriculum Std

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6260 Education and International Development: Global Perspectives Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
ECON6430 Issues in Developing Economies Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6021 Advanced Educational Studies 1 Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6261 Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemmas Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6262 Educating for Peace Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

Mathematics

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation..

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6102 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 1 Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6103 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 2 Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6104 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 3 Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6105 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 4 Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6106 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 5 Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6107 Mathematics Curriculum Studies 6 Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6108 Current Issues in Secondary Schools Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6109 Integrated Fieldwork Studies Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Pedagogy

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6200 Productive Classroom Practice Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6201 Productive Assessment Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
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 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6202 Productive Curriculum Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
EDUC6203 Productive Teacher Learning Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

TESOL/L2

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following Compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6023 Cultural Variations in Language Learning Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6124 English for Special Purposes Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6251 Information Technology and ESL/EFL Teaching Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6252 Socio-cultural Context for ESL/EFL Teaching Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 40 units from the following directed courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6024 Practicum in Tesol Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6025 Tesol Curriculum and Methodology Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
EDUC6888 Second Language Teaching and Learning in Australian Schools Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6889 Second Language (L2) Curriculum and Methodology Not currently offered 10 units
LING6311 Language and Mind Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
LING6930 Language and Meaning Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.

Professional Accreditation

Additional Requirements

The NSW Department of Education will recognise graduates of the Master of Educational Studies TESOL/L2 specialisation as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, where they have also completed an accredited teaching degree and have been registered as teachers with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). For recognition in other states and territories, graduates should contact the Department of Education in the relevant jurisdiction to determine the specific requirements for recognition as an ESL teacher.

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/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability 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 reasonable 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.

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.

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