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Master in School Leadership

Course code: 3721 ~ Course abbreviation: MSchLdrshp ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Education

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers from all sectors who aspire to school principal appointments.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the Master in School Leadership are to provide students with the skills necessary to be able to: demonstrate engagement in regular personal and professional reflective practice according to guidelines provided; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of recent research and/or professional developments related to their program of study; engage and interact with students and practitioners from diverse personal and professional backgrounds; access and use effectively, relevant library information services; complete assessment tasks which demonstrate the ability to engage at an advanced academic level with topics relating to the specific unit being studied; develop skills in presentation to adult audiences that will enhance their preparedness for school leadership; develop skills in research methodologies appropriate to their action research project design and apply these in preparation of project proposal and its implementation with a demonstrated familiarity with relevant research on interventions and evaluations of such projects in their field of interest.

Course structure

To qualify for the masters degree, students must complete 48 points, made up of the following four 12 point units:

  • EDF6901 Inner leadership: understanding self and others
  • EDF6902 Leading learning communities
  • EDF6903 Understanding environments - local and global perspectives
  • EDF6904 Leading change: professional action research project*

    * Refer to the information under 'Alternative pathway' below.

Alternative pathways

PhD Pathway

This course provides opportunities to achieve sufficient evidence of research experience for use in application for PhD study through Monash Higher Degrees by Research. An overall average in the course of HD or a high D, and an average in the final unit of study of HD or a high D are expected for demonstrating research experience suitable for consideration for PhD candidacy.

Master of Education pathway

Students enrolled in this course should note that there is a pathway that enables them to transfer into a 72-point Masters of Education degree (by coursework or by coursework and research).

Students must consult their course adviser to discuss the possibility of transfer option prior to either commencing or completing unit EDF6904 Leading change: professional action research project.

Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 2819 or visit

Course adviser

Dr Brenda Beatty