Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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

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Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate engagement in regular personal and professional reflective practice according to guidelines provided
  • display knowledge and understanding of recent research and/or professional developments related to their program of study
  • complete assignment tasks which demonstrate the ability to engage at an advanced academic level with topics relating to the specific unit being studied
  • acquire skills in the research methodologies appropriate to their field of interest.


This course consists of four 12-point units undertaken in general school leadership studies or a specialisation. Students taking a specialisation pathway can only study part-time.


General pathway

Students must 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 must complete:

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


Students must complete:

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

Minimum grade for articulation

In order for students in the general pathway to demonstrate research experience suitable for consideration for Doctor of Philosophy candidacy, they must achieve:

  • a minimum Distinction (70 per cent) grade for the research project
  • a minimum Distinction (70 per cent) average for all other units.

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.