Start date


2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 33,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Designed to upskill educators or for those interested in a career in education.
  • Build your educational leadership capacity to advance your career or specialise your practice.
  • Classes are held outside of traditional working hours and during holiday periods to allow busy professionals to accelerate their studies.
  • Attend optional on-campus workshops to connect with other professionals.
  • Tailor your studies and have the option to select from Educational Leadership, Inclusive Education, Digital Learning, and Assessment, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
  • Apply your learnings direct to your workplace.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including doctoral studies.
  • Study with the lead institution in Australia for research in Educational Technology1.
  • Extend your professional learning and advance your knowledge in an area of interest or passion.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to excel in leadership roles in educational settings. 
  • Apply your learnings directly to your workplace, and access the latest research in the field so you can help your workplace meet the challenges of 21st century education. 

1The Australian Research Magazine 2023



This Master degree is designed to upskill educators or for those interested in a career in education.

In this postgraduate degree you’ll explore and apply the latest contemporary education theories and concepts as they relate to your work. 
With a focus on developing advanced research and leadership skills you will have the opportunity to interact with others who are studying and researching in similar settings.  
You can tailor your studies to your interests by selecting two streams from:  

  • Digital Learning and Assessment  
  • Educational Leadership 
  • Inclusive Education,  
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 

Classes are held outside of traditional working hours and during holiday periods to allow you to continue to work while you study.

Please note this qualification does not meet the requirements for teacher registration in South Australia.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In this master’s degree you will explore the latest contemporary education theories and concepts with national and international perspectives. This includes analysing trends, issues, and challenges in education systems and identifying and exploring the structural, social and cultural aspects of educational settings and their impact on learning.

You’ll study core education courses, and tailor your studies by having the option of selecting from:

  • Digital Learning and Assessment, 
  • Educational Leadership, 
  • Inclusive Education,  
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  

With a focus on reflective practice to improve the education of learners, you’ll engage in research to understand the range of educational practices and policies that shape your workplace.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Theorists and Theories of Learning and Development EDUC 5220 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2,3,5
Learning Communities and Cultures EDUC 5219 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2,3,5
Elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 2,3
Elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 2,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
International Comparative Studies in Education EDUC 5218 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2,3,5
Evidence-Informed Practice in Education EDUC 5217 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2,3,5
Elective 3 4.5 Rule(s): 2,3
Elective 4 4.5 Rule(s): 2,3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methods and Issues in Education EDUC 5033 9
Elective 5 4.5
Elective 6 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Project in Education EDUC 5030 9
Elective 7 4.5
Elective 8 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning. You can expect assessments to include: 

  • literature reviews
  • discussion papers
  • reports
  • proposals
  • research project

There may also be essays or assignments. 

Why Master of Education

Why this Degree

As South Australia's largest tertiary provider of education degrees and World top 100 in Education1, we are well placed to help you realise your career goals in Education. 
The curriculum for this master’s degree is informed by our above world-class research2 ensuring you stay up to date with the future needs of education and the latest innovations in the field.  

Our courses are practical and real-world focused so you can apply your new knowledge and skills to your education setting immediately. You can also tailor your studies and complete specialist courses that focus on your key areas of interest. 

Leverage access to UniSA research and industry experts to propel your career and transform your educational site into an industry leader that’s ready to meet the challenges of 21st century education.

12023 THE Subject Rankings 
2Results for Specialist Studies in Education - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
*additional entry requirements apply 

Real-world connections

We have a strong reputation as a dynamic, vibrant and connected research organisation, and we have extensive national and international research links. These industry relationships are of great benefit to students and will form part of your important industry network. 

Our teaching staff and many of our academics are also highly regarded researchers, and you will have the opportunity to work alongside these practising professionals throughout your study. 

Informed by the latest research from the Centre for Research in Educational and Social Inclusion and the Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning, this postgraduate degree gives you access to some of the leading minds in the field. Leverage this access to UniSA research and industry experts to build your leadership capacity and propel your career.

UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

Career outcomes

Your career

This postgraduate degree extends your learning and skills in the areas of education leadership, management, and research. Careers to consider include:

  • curriculum developer: research relevant and current topics that are beneficial to student learning, and assist teachers by informing them of the most recent techniques and educational approaches
  • educational leader: review current learning and develop strategies to enhance teaching outcomes
  • school principal (with further study and experience) : responsible for managing and overseeing the daily operations of a school and fostering a safe and supportive school environment
  • education policy adviser: provides expert guidance and advice to government bodies, educational institutions, and organisations about the development, implementation, and evaluation of education policies and reforms
  • Corporate trainer and training and development consultant: develop, plan or conduct training activities in corporate and other professional settings
  • English language educator: teach English to speakers of other languages.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am the Program Director for the Master of Education and the Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning). I am also a Lecturer in English Language and Literacy. I completed my Bachelor of Teaching, Bachelor of Arts(Hons) and Master of Arts in linguistics at Deakin University (Melbourne), and my PhD in linguistics at the University of Sydney.

Dr David Caldwell

Program Director

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Dr David Caldwell

Program Director


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