Why study the Master of Educational Studies

This program provides advanced professionally oriented studies for practising educators, focusing on the professional development needs and in-service requirements of teachers and administrators. Some pathways offer specific qualifications while others offer significant professional advantage to educators interested in career advancement or broadening career options.

NOTE that students wishing to undertake a second field with the Guidance and Counselling field must discuss their plans with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or the School of Education.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for Australian citizens, permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens for Guidance and Counselling as well as Career Development fields of study.

Summary

  • Program code
    5265
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    External, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Approved bachelor honours degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 4; or

Approved degree with a GPA of 4 and an AQF Level 8 GDipEd (or equivalent) with a GPA of 4.


Same discipline is defined as a degree in education.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Master of Educational Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Educational Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Educational Studies at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Practicals, placements and internships

  • Students studying Guidance and Counselling will be required to complete practicum courses that involve approximately 200 contact hours.
  • Students studying Supporting Diverse Learners will be required to complete practicum course that involve approximately 20 contact hours, if they choose to enrol in the practicum course.
  • Students may incur costs associated with the practicum (e.g. travel, parking, stationery). Practicum placements may be located throughout Australia or overseas. Students are required to have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) or Exemption Card before commencing a placement in any school or organisations that provide child-related services in Queensland. Students can apply for a Blue Card through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence.

Accreditation body

The Master of Educational Studies is accredited by:

  • Queensland Guidance And Counselling Association

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Educational Studies.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Behaviour Management

This field is designed to give teachers the knowledge and skills needed to identify, describe, and manage students' challenging behaviours in schools.

This field of study develops students' knowledge and skills in:

  • Contemporary, evidence-based practices in behaviour support
  • Assessment and understanding of the functions of challenging behaviours
  • Developing and implementing strategies for behaviour interventions across a range of environments
  • Monitoring and evaluating behaviour support strategies

Career Development

Career development is the process of managing learning and work across the lifespan. This field prepares students to work as career development practitioners in a range of education, work and organisational settings to provide individuals with support in their career decision making, learning and work transitions. It is suggested that students enrol in EDUC7011/7012 if they are seeking to work as a career counsellor.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for Australian citizens, permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens.

Curriculum

The Curriculum field of study offers students the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment issues that is responsive to the introduction of the Australian Curriculum. It explores contemporary issues associated with curriculum in schooling and education. The field considers priority areas in the Australian curriculum and also offers students the opportunity to study in a core learning area.

Guidance and Counselling

This field provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for today's professional guidance counsellors. This specially designed program of study allows students to develop competencies as professional guidance counsellors for employment in schools, TAFE colleges, agencies, or as private practitioners. The program focuses on:

  • developing counselling competencies
  • understanding career development and education across the life-span
  • linking assessment practices to instructional interventions
  • understanding ethical behaviour and practices
  • developing comprehensive guidance programs
  • participating in a guidance and counselling practicum placement.


Commonwealth Supported Places are available for Australian citizens, permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens.

Leadership

In a 21st century knowledge society, leadership has emerged as a critical contributor to positive outcomes, overall success and sustainability to organisations and institutions in education and education-related fields. In such an increasingly complex and uncertain future, transformative leadership competencies encompassing distributive and collaborative domains have become essential. The Master of Educational Studies (Leadership) is designed for individuals committed to undertaking transformative leadership roles in order to improve their respective workplaces and to make an impact through their professional practice informed by research. This field of study provides learners with leading-edge knowledge and understandings about leadership and management that inform their practice within educational institutions (including schools, colleges, TAFE institutions), government departments and other organisations. The field of study focuses on the skills, knowledge and attitudes required by leaders in our discontinuously changing world, and challenges students to develop as critically reflective, flexible and ethically collaborative change leaders of learners and thinkers.

Supporting Diverse Learners

The Supporting Diverse Learners field of study takes a developmental perspective situating young people with special needs and learning difficulties in context in order to better understand their learning and behaviour. It develops the skills, knowledge and values to teach students with a range of diverse abilities and needs, from students with developmental disabilities to those who may have difficulties in learning, as well as those at risk of school failure or disengagement. The field focuses on understanding individual, contextual, and systematic factors that affect learning and behaviour for individuals with learning or special needs including issues associated with assessment, curriculum, pedagogy and whole-life learning.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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