Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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 titleMEdSust
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)4 years PT
Admission, fee and application details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to holders of an Australian international student visa.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 6 years, and enrolment must be continuous.


This course meets the needs of teachers located across early childhood, primary and secondary schools, educators and leaders within vocational, tertiary and community learning sites, and private and public sector professionals and policy makers whose work is oriented towards education for sustainable development. The course develops participants' theoretical knowledge, conceptual understanding, practical skills and professional practice in relation to education for sustainability. The overall goal of the course is to develop graduates' broad, advanced knowledge and experience of the principles and practices of education for sustainable development so that they can better lead, design, practise, innovate, evaluate and research education for sustainability in their contexts.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  • understand theories explaining the conditions for, and emergence of strategies based on interdisciplinary learning and teaching for sustainable development
  • critically engage with historical, contextual and political perspectives shaping the philosophies and practices of sustainability
  • appreciate the range of education-related tasks associated with education for sustainability and evaluate models and methodologies of education across local, national and international scales
  • apply innovative learning and teaching methods and evaluation in formal, informal and non-formal contexts
  • lead, innovate and promote practices which engender social transformation towards sustainability through education
  • synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level
  • create, develop and interpret knowledge in education for sustainability applying established techniques of research and inquiry
  • communicate a philosophy of practice and identify professional learning needs to guide work as educators/leaders of sustainable development.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have completed prior studies may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies ( Students with two or more years of full-time relevant informal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learningrecognition of prior learning (

Research component

This course includes an independent research dimension requiring the knowledge and application of research principles and practices applicable to a field of professional work or learning, or a capstone experience comprising professional experience and scholarship in a specific area of professional practice.


This course consists of four core units, eight enhanced professional learning units and four professional inquiry units.


All units are worth 6 points.

Students must complete:

(a.) four core units (24 points)

  • EDF4606 Interacting with research in education 1
  • EDF4607 Interacting with research in education 2
  • EDF4608 Investigating education issues 1
  • EDF4609 Investigating education issues 2

(b.) eight enhanced professional learning units (48 points)

  • EDF5580 Sustainability: Concepts, challenges and responses
  • EDF5581 Learning for and about sustainability
  • EDF5582 Education, globalisation and sustainability
  • EDF5583 Developing learners and learning
  • EDF5584 Designing learning for sustainability
  • EDF5585 Learning to lead and change
  • EDF5586 Leading change for sustainability
  • EDF5587 Sustainability: Communicating a case for change

(c.) four professional inquiry units (24 points)

  • EDF5590 Designing research in education for sustainability
  • EDF5591 Project 1
  • EDF5592 Undertaking research in education for sustainability
  • EDF5593 Project 2

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Diploma in Education Studies after successful completion of 48 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma in Education for Sustainability after successful completion of 48 points of study at level 5.


Master in Education for Sustainability