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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMSchLdrshp
CRICOS code053992E
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 2888 or email

Course coordinator


  • The course with specialisation pathways may only be taken part-time.


This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers, assistant principals and principals who wish to prepare for successful and sustainable school leadership appointments.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will have:

  • demonstrated engagement in regular personal and professional reflective practice according to guidelines provided
  • gained knowledge and understanding of recent research and/or professional developments related to their program of study
  • completed assessment tasks which demonstrate the ability to engage at an advanced academic level with topics relating to the specific unit being studied
  • developed skills in presentation to adult audiences that will enhance their preparedness for school leadership
  • developed skills in research methodologies appropriate to their action research project.


This course comprises four 12 point units undertaken in general school leadership studies or a specialisation.


General pathway

Students complete:

  • EDF6901 Inner leadership: Understanding self and others
  • EDF6902 Leading learning communities
  • EDF6903 Understanding environments
  • EDF6904 Leading change: Professional action research project*

Specialisation pathways


Students complete:

  • EDF6330 Contemporary literacy issues
  • EDF6331 Language, literacy and learning
  • EDF6332 Leading literacy in schools
  • EDF6010 Professional project (A)* or EDF6020 Professional project (B)*


Students complete the following:

  • EDF6410 Leading numeracy teachers
  • EDF6411 Learning, curriculum, assessment and numeracy
  • EDF6412 Fostering and supporting learning about teaching numeracy and mathematics
  • EDF6010 Professional project (A)* or EDF6020 Professional project (B)*

* Refer to the information under 'Progression to further studies'.

Minimum grade for articulation

In order to demonstrate research experience suitable for consideration for Doctor of Philosophy candidacy, students must achieve:

+ an overall minimum course average of high distinction (HD) or a better than average distinction grade (D)

+ an average of high distinction (HD) or a better than average distinction grade (D) in the final unit.

Progression to further studies

Students may be permitted to transfer into a 72-point Master of Education (by coursework or by coursework and research) prior to either commencing or completing unit EDF6904, EDF6010 or EDF6020.


Master in School Leadership

Master in School Leadership specialising in Literacy

Master in School Leadership specialising in Numeracy

Where more than one award is listed the actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.