print version

Students who commenced study in 2016 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.

Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education.

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

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty



Student advisersStudent advisers (

Contact details

Monash Connect: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)

Faculty of EducationFaculty of Education (

Admission and fees

Find a CourseFind a Course (

Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years, and enrolment must be continuous.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Multi-modal (Singapore)


Master of Leadership
Master of Leadership in Community Learning
Master of Leadership in Curriculum and Pedagogy
Master of Leadership in Language Education
Master of Leadership in Organisational Learning
Master of Leadership in Principal Preparation

The actual award conferred depends on the specialisation completed.


This course is designed for aspiring leaders across a broad range of learning contexts, from schools, to organisations and other workplaces, and to communities more broadly. You will develop the professional knowledge and skills to lead in learning communities, whatever their form. You will enhance your own capacity to learn and adapt to changing circumstances and to innovate your way into the future. In turn, you will lead and inspire others to do the same and as a result contribute to building individuals and communities that are productive and resilient.


  • Community learning*
  • Curriculum and pedagogy
  • Language education*
  • Organisational learning**
  • Principal preparation

* Not available to students commencing in 2016.

** Only this specialisation is available to students at Singapore.

General leadership studies

This specialisation enables you to tailor your unit choices to suit your own interests or needs while maintaining a strong focus on leadership. You select two specialist units from across the other specialisations. You may for example, choose a blend of organisational learning and science curriculum and pedagogy, or combine community learning and organisational learning. Or you may prefer to combine units from two of the streams in curriculum and pedagogy.


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 this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. examine relationships between leaders and educators and between leadership and learning within organisations
  2. evaluate a variety of leadership concepts and various models of leading professional and community learning areas of specialist knowledge
  3. articulate theoretical and systematic understanding regarding the conditions that promote leadership in learning contexts, and strategies for leading learning and teaching in these contexts
  4. demonstrate advanced skills in specialist knowledge areas
  5. demonstrate comprehensive and critical appreciation of historical, contextual and political perspectives that influence the purposes and practices associated with specialist knowledge areas
  6. appreciate the breadth and complexity of leadership-related tasks associated with developing learning across local, national and international contexts
  7. apply innovative learning and teaching methods and evaluation in formal, informal and non-formal contexts
  8. synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level
  9. articulate a philosophy and orientation practice and identify professional learning needs as learning leaders
  10. lead, innovate and promote practices which engender change and social transformation around learning.


The course is structured in two parts, Part A. Leadership studies and Part B. Leading specialist practice. All students complete Part A and Part B, but Part B is differentiated by specialisation.

Part A. Leadership studies (24 points)

You will consider the leadership dimensions of your work in leading change among people and within organisations, whatever your context - schools, public or private sector workplaces or communities. Various models of leadership will be considered including emerging views of leadership to address complexity and sustainability. You will gain an appreciation of leadership development, identities, ethics and values, and emotions. The course will culminate in a project focusing on an issue or challenge encountered in the process of leadership.

Part B. Leading specialist practice (24 points)

In these studies you will focus on your chosen specialisation. Regardless of your particular choice, you will develop a sound knowledge base and acquire a thorough understanding of the nature of evidence to inform your leadership choices. You will also develop your understanding of the complex relationships and inter-relationships involved in leading productive and resilient learning communities, whatever their particular form or context.


The course comprises 48 points structured into two parts, Part A. Leadership studies (24 points) and Part B. Leading specialist practice (24 points).

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 12 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Leadership studies (24 points)

All students complete:

Part B. Leading specialist practice (24 points)

Students complete general studies by selecting any two units available under any specialisation from those listed below, or two units appropriate to a single specialisation.

Note: Community learning and Language and education are not available to students commencing in 2016. Students at Singapore can only complete the organisational learning specialisation

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 during their enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate of Education Studies after successful completion of 24 points of study.