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.

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
  • Assessment in Education: Policies, Pedagogy and Equity
  • Inquiry-Based Practice
  • Advanced Seminar
Specialised units
  • Leading Under Challenging Circumstances
  • Leading for Improvement
  • Leading Staff
  • Leading Community Engagement

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 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.