Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Education
Campus(es)Berwick, Clayton, Peninsula


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


The Master of Education is a generalist degree designed for those who want to advance their professional interests across a broad range of unit choices. Taking units in this course will allow students to explore relationships between research and practice across contexts of choice, such as school, vocational, tertiary, workplace and/or community. It allows options to select units of interest from across the master's program and, in this way, to construct a course that addresses specific professional and personal interests.

Structure of the master's program

There are four tiers that make up the Master of Education program. Student learning is sequenced from broad to deep across the four tiers:

(1.) Orientation to education tier orients those who come into the program without previous qualifications in education or work experience in education-related work.

(2.) Key constructs in education tier introduces students to some key theoretical frames and ideas within them, across a broad theme. It shows their expression and engagement in research conducted on this theme.

(3.) Enhanced professional learning tier deepens students' knowledge of particular ideas, specialist areas and contexts.

(4.) Professional inquiry tier supports students to extend their scholarly work through their contribution to public intellectual debate or by developing new knowledge in an area of their interest.


Alternatively by completing specified units within the enhanced professional learning requirement, students can obtain a specialisation in one of the areas under 'Related areas of study'.


Students choose any two or three units from the full suite of enhanced professional learning units below:

  • EDF5635 Leading capable organisations
  • EDF5636 Leading and managing change
  • EDF5637 Inner leadership: Understanding self and others
  • EDF5645 Educating the gifted
  • EDF5646 Talent development and diversity
  • EDF5647 Education and technology
  • EDF5648 Instructional design: Harnessing digital technologies for learning
  • EDF5649 Language and literacies across educational contexts
  • EDF5650 Literacy leadership in schools, workplaces and communities
  • EDF5651 Developing expertise in mathematics education
  • EDF5652 Understanding research in science education
  • EDF5653 Research perspectives in music education
  • EDF5654 Teaching music: Theory and practice
  • EDF5655 Expert teaching
  • EDF5657 Indigenous perspectives in professional practice
  • EDF5658 Young people: Culture, communities and education
  • EDF5659 Building partnerships with families and communities
  • EDF5660 Fostering learning in practice
  • EDF5661 Designing learning for adults
  • EDF5662 Leading rural and regional learning and participation
  • EDF5663 Education and globalisation in the Asian century
  • EDF5664 Learning through participation
  • EDF5665 Environmental education, design and learning for sustainability
  • EDF5666 Education, development and ecological sustainability
  • EDF5810 Applied learning
  • EDF5811 Creative approaches to teaching and learning

Relevant courses

4211 Master of Education