Master of Education (generic and with specialisations)

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If you're an education professional seeking to advance your knowledge and skills, and become a leader in education, the Master of Education (generic and with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University is for you. Offered fully online, this degree supports and develops your career working across educational sectors and a range of contexts (including schools, adult education and early childhood settings).

You ca choose from a range of specialisations in adult and vocational education, curriculum and professional practice, digital technology, early childhood leadership, educational leadership, contemporary literacies and educational research. Alternatively, the generic course allows you to choose subjects across these specialisations.

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This course is part of an articulated program of study. Articulated programs allow you to build on your study to achieve the right level of qualification for you.

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Duration

CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of ATAR-related and other adjustment factors commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

Session availability

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Fees and course offerings section for more information.

International students

Course highlights

The Master of Education (generic and with specialisations) provides opportunities to expand your professional knowledge and skills, and develop your leadership capabilities. The course has a strong emphasis on research embedded in professional practice.

Flexible online study

Online delivery gives you the freedom to study at a time and place that suit you. If you're working, you'll be able to apply what you learn directly to a professional setting. You can also speed up or slow down your study to meet your personal situation.

Personalised learning

This course offers a general qualification, which allows you to select from a diverse range of subjects to meet your needs and interests, or you can choose a specialisation in one of the following areas: adult and vocational education, contemporary literacies, curriculum and professional practice, digital technologies, early childhood leadership, educational leadership and educational research.

Contemporary program

To ensure the course content meets the needs of contemporary education professionals, this degree is regularly reviewed under the guidance of many advisory committees comprising school sector leaders, principals and teachers.

A dynamic community

Charles Sturt University has a strong international reputation and research profile. You'll learn from leading educators who have made substantial contributions to research and curriculum development over many years.

Pathway options

The Graduate Certificate in Education (generic and with specialisations) provides an exit point, should you wish to graduate earlier. You can also study the graduate certificate as a standalone course or as an entry point into the Master of Education (generic and with specialisations). If you subsequently enrol in the master's, you'll receive credit for the subjects you completed in your graduate certificate.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online subjects include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

You can choose to study the generic degree or graduate with one of the following specialisations:

Adult and Vocational Education

This specialisation provides an integrated understanding of adult and vocational education to enhance teaching in your technical or vocational area.

Contemporary Literacies

This specialisation develops your skills in the critical evaluation of literature, as well as teaching reading and understanding the multimodal writing process.

Digital Technologies

This specialisation offers a wide range of study options to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to apply, lead and design digital technologies within educational settings, as well as advancing your skills in social networking and game-based learning.

Educational Leadership

Educational Research

This specialisation develops the skills needed to read, understand and evaluate educational research and provides a foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Curriculum and Professional Practice

This specialisation develops your skills in professional learning and practice, curricular collaboration, as well as advancing knowledge across a range of key curricular areas.

Early Childhood Leadership

This specialisation develops your skills in critical evaluation across the field of early childhood leadership, as well as advanced strategies to lead change and learning practices in early childhood contexts.

You can choose to study the generic degree or graduate with one of the following specialisations:

Adult and Vocational Education

This specialisation provides an integrated understanding of adult and vocational education to enhance teaching in your technical or vocational area.

Contemporary Literacies

This specialisation develops your skills in the critical evaluation of literature, as well as teaching reading and understanding the multimodal writing process.

Digital Technologies

This specialisation offers a wide range of study options to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to apply, lead and design digital technologies within educational settings, as well as advancing your skills in social networking and game-based learning.

Educational Leadership

Educational Research

This specialisation develops the skills needed to read, understand and evaluate educational research and provides a foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Curriculum and Professional Practice

This specialisation develops your skills in professional learning and practice, curricular collaboration, as well as advancing knowledge across a range of key curricular areas.

Early Childhood Leadership

This specialisation develops your skills in critical evaluation across the field of early childhood leadership, as well as advanced strategies to lead change and learning practices in early childhood contexts.

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

Career opportunities

Charles Sturt University’s Master of Education (generic and with specialisations) provides a career-enhancing qualification that may lead to employment opportunities in Australia or overseas. You could pursue leadership positions or explore roles in other areas of education, such as a specialised teaching professional, policy maker, education administrator or educational researcher. If you choose to study the educational research specialisation and have a strong academic record, you may be eligible to undertake a Higher Degree by Research.

Charles Sturt University’s Master of Education (generic and with specialisations) provides a career-enhancing qualification that may lead to employment opportunities in Australia or overseas. You could pursue leadership positions or explore roles in other areas of education, such as a specialised teaching professional, policy maker, education administrator or educational researcher. If you choose to study the educational research specialisation and have a strong academic record, you may be eligible to undertake a Higher Degree by Research.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR. We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Offer – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Location (Regional) Adjustment, and the Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Location (Regional) Adjustment, and the Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Calculate my fee

The section below is designed to allow you to select the option specific to your circumstances to discover the course fee and course offering information appropriate for you.

Course Fees

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

More about Calculating Fees

It is important to note that the student contribution you pay will depend on the subjects you choose to study, as each subject has its own costs. The government assigns different price bands to a subject, depending on the discipline that subject belongs to.

Check out the subject fee calculator below to get a more accurate cost for your first year. The calculator will open in a new window, once open go to the Subjects section to review the subjects available for this course and enter them into the calculator.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Course Fees

CSU gives a discount on tuition fees to citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

CSU gives a discount on tuition fees to citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Contact Us to see if you are eligible.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

Contact Us to see if you are eligible.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

More about Calculating Fees

It is important to note that the student contribution you pay will depend on the subjects you choose to study, as each subject has its own costs. The government assigns different price bands to a subject, depending on the discipline that subject belongs to.

Check out the subject fee calculator below to get a more accurate cost for your first year. The calculator will open in a new window, once open go to the Subjects section to review the subjects available for this course and enter them into the calculator.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

Most postgraduate students in Australia will pay the full cost of their tuition, however if you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

Most postgraduate students in Australia will pay the full cost of their tuition, however if you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Course Fees

If you’re a successful applicant for an Australian Government supported Research Training Program (AGRTP) open_in_new scholarship, you won't pay any tuition fees.

The AGRTP scheme is administered by individual universities on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

Applications for AGRTP Scholarships need to be made directly to CSU.

Course Fees

Candidates who exceed their Research Training Program (RTP) entitlement are required to pay the appropriate domestic student tuition fee for their course. Eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-Help open_in_new.

If you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

If you are a CSU Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Course Fees

1 year part-time ( points)

A standard full-time study load at CSU is 64 points over two sessions. The points above indicate the number of points for the first year of this course based on overall full time course duration.

Actual fees will vary according to:

  • your choice of subjects and their point value
  • whether the course (and mode) allows you to study full or part-time
  • whether you want to study full or part-time

8 Points

Note: the 8 point value is a subject indicative value only. Not all CSU subjects are 8 points – refer to the CSU handbook (links in the Subject section) for actual point value for the subjects required for your course.

Please contact us to find out more.

Session availability

My Student Type

International Student:

International or overseas students are those without Australian or New Zealand citizenship and who do not have permanent residency status in Australia.

Canadian or UK Student:

When I want to start

How I want to study

Online

Complete your course online to allow you the flexibility to manage your study with your professional and personal commitments and to study from anywhere.

Where I want to study

Full Fee Paying

If you are not eligible for government support you will be required to pay the full course fee.

Available course fee types

Full Fee Paying

If you are not eligible for government support you will be required to pay the full course fee.

Master of Education (generic and with specialisations) specific fee details

Standard CSU fee details

Any fees and offerings are correct at the date of publishing. Fees are relevant for the year selected only and are subject to change in future years.

If you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent visa open_in_new find out more about Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) and Fee Paying places.

Depending on citizenship and residency requirements, you may also be eligible to defer CSP and Fee Paying fees through the HELP open_in_new government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider:

  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls)

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

Whether you are studying online or on campus, CSU has a dedicated program to help you fill knowledge gaps, enhance skills and build your confidence. Study Link offers a great range of short, self-paced, online subjects that will help improve your essay writing; critical thinking; and English, maths and science skills. Subjects take between 16-40 hours to complete and you will be supported by a subject coordinator who will guide you through your study.

Study Link is ideal if you feel you need to top up your knowledge bank or you haven’t studied for a while. What’s more, Study Link courses are FREE for most Australian residents (and very inexpensive otherwise).

You can enrol for an online subject or an intensive weekend workshop on our Study Link website.

We recommend the following Study Link subject for this course:

  • SSS064 - Critical Thinking
  • SSS067 - Essay Writing - Style and Structure

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access theIndigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

*The CSU Study Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney are operated by Study Group Australia Pty Ltd ABN 88 070 919 327 under a services agreement with Charles Sturt University ABN 83 878 708 551. All students studying at the CSU Study Centres are enrolled at Charles Sturt University. All staff of the CSU Study Centres are employees of Study Group Australia Pty Ltd.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

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