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Behind every successful learner, is a great educator. Behind every great educator, is an exceptional leader.

A leader who supports and empowers teachers to do their best work.

A leader who is committed to improving learning experiences for all children, no matter who or where they are.

A leader who looks to the wider world to improve pedagogy and practice but turns to their community to make decisions, together.

Whether shaping policy or guiding strategy, lead learning and create positive outcomes for students, families and communities with the ECU accelerated online Master of Education.


Learning outcomes

  • Research and practice

    Understand, critique and apply the latest research and strategies in educational leadership to improve your practice and ensure positive outcomes for students and the organisation.
  • Global perspective

    Develop a global perspective of education and its impact on curriculum, educational systems and leadership across Australia and in local contexts.
  • Lead students, staff and organisations

    Become an advocate of education through effective leadership. Apply strategies across pedagogical practices, policies and organisational performance to instigate change which benefits students and your organisation.
  • Engage communities

    Learn to lead in complex environments and develop strategies for the improvement of students, staff and the community.

Career outcomes

Upon successfully completing the Master of Education (Leading Education), you will have the leadership skills to excel in a number of roles including:

  • Head of Department
  • Deputy Principal
  • School Principal

According to JobOutlook¹, the future growth for School Principals is very strong.

¹ Job Outlook 2022 –


What you will study

The Master of Education (Leading Education), comprises four core units of study and four specialisation units of study.

Through this advanced coursework, you will deepen your understanding of the latest research in educational leadership and critically reflect on your own leadership practice. You will be able to drive continuous improvement across pedagogical practices, assessment strategies, educational leadership, learning outcomes, community engagement and performance in your educational organisation.


Core units
  • Leading Education in a Global Context

    This unit examines the issue of globalisation and its impact on education, systems and leaders.

  • Assessment in Education: Policies, Pedagogy and Equity

    This unit explores contemporary issues associated with assessment relevant to all phases of education and learning areas.

  • Inquiry-Based Practice

    This unit examines a variety of academic inquiry practices.

  • Advanced Seminar

    This unit explores educational research and how education theory relates to educational practice.

Specialised units
  • Leading Under Challenging Circumstances

    This unit focuses on understanding how educational leadership is enacted under challenging circumstances.

  • Leading for Improvement

    This unit focuses on how educational leaders contribute to and manage the process of continuous improvement in a climate of political, economic and pedagogical change.

  • Leading Staff

    This unit considers the importance of building staff capacity through professional learning and ethical decision making.

  • Leading Community Engagement

    This unit examines the role educational leaders play in building coalitions with parent and community groups, the promotion of diversity and social inclusion in community engagement and reputation management.

Entry criteria

Course admission requirements

To gain entry into the Master of Education (Leading Education) you will have a Bachelor of Education or a Bachelor level degree in any other field plus a Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching. You are required to have 2 years experience in educational setting or organisation, with equivalents considered. You will also be required to meet English Language Requirements (Band 4).

Special entry

Special entry may be considered for students with a Bachelor level degree in another area or a three-year trained teacher, both supported by extensive professional experience.

Accelerated and 100% online

Delivered 100% online and with six study periods a year, you could complete the Master of Education in as little as 16 months while continuing to work full-time. Designed to be intuitive and user-friendly, you’ll experience the same quality of education and learning outcomes, as well as the connection with your fellow students and academics, that you would if studying on-campus. You will also receive dedicated one-on-one support from a Student Success Advisor who can assist with all non-academic questions and motivate you to reach your study goals.


Grow your network

ECU has a large professional teacher and education network, putting you in good company to connect, collaborate and network with experienced and passionate peers globally. 


Quality learning experience

Your learning experience will be of the highest quality, as you’ll learn from experienced, passionate academics who are experts in their field. From our beginnings in 1902 as Claremont Teachers College, we have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years.

Frequently asked questions
What are the career outcomes for the Master of Education (Leading Education)?

The Master of Education (Leading Education), is for current and future school leaders. This postgraduate degree can help students become great candidates for leadership roles in schools. These could include positions like Lead Teacher, Faculty/Department Coordinator, Assistant Principal or Principal. The skills gained in this degree can also be applied in fields like curriculum design, human resource management and tutoring.

For more information on the Career Opportunities in Education, visit our blog.

Will a Master of Education (Leading Education) allow me to gain a pay rise?

Gaining a Master of Education (Leading Education) will not automatically grant you a pay rise. However, postgraduate study can help make you a good candidate for promotions, which can result in a pay rise.

Are there placements involved?

No. Our Master of Education (Leading Education) is for qualified educators who can apply what they learn to their current role, so placements are not required.

Will the Master of Education (Leading Education) help me to move into a school principal role?

Yes, the role of school principal is one of the potential learning outcomes for this course. This specialisation is focused on learning how to drive improvement and improve effectiveness, which is beneficial for school principals.

Will a Master of Education (Leading Education) qualify me to become a teacher?

No. Our Master of Education (Leading Education) is for qualified educators who want to improve their skills. If you would like to become a qualified teacher, you can study a Master of Teaching (Primary) or Master of Teaching (Secondary).