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Master of Education 8 Units MED1

Program focus


This program gives educators/trainers the opportunity to enhance
their professional competence through advanced coursework and research-based
projects. The program is set in the context of societies becoming
increasingly reliant on the efforts of ˜knowledge workers™.
Educators at all levels have important roles to play in developing
the capacity of citizens to work effectively with knowledge. New approaches
to education, emphasising knowledge building rather than transmission
can contribute to preparing citizens to participate more fully in
the ˜knowledge economy™ and ˜information society™.
The Master of Education program aims to develop in its graduates the
capabilities and dispositions to work as engaged professional educators
in knowledge building communities.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

1 year full-time, up to 4 years part-time

Professional accreditation

This program does not qualify its graduates for teacher registration
with relevant teaching authorities. If the student is interested in
a program that enables him/her to qualify for teacher registration,
please refer to the Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching.

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Program aims

The Master of Education program aims to develop in its graduates
the capabilities and dispositions to work as engaged professional
educators in knowledge-building communities.

Traditional approaches to education have sometimes resulted
in educators having limited opportunities for professional interaction
with colleagues. In such circumstances, where educators work alone
with a group of learners, they may develop a form of privatised
practice? which isolates them from the wider professional community.
There is mounting evidence that educators can be more effective when
they view their work as a collaborative effort in which they interact
with other educators within and beyond their workplace and adopt stances
that may be described as engaged professionalism?.

New Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) offer
enhanced opportunities for professional engagement and will be an
important tool for educators in the twenty-first century. The Master
of Education program will model the use of ICTs to support professional
interaction and learning.

The Master of Education program thus aims to develop in its
graduates the capabilities and dispositions to work as engaged professional
educators in contemporary knowledge building communities. In particular,
the student-led design coursework option allows students the maximum
flexibility in tailoring the nature of the courses studied in the
program to their own particular professional learning goals,

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Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Master of Education should
have advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends
within contemporary education and/or of a specialised area of education.
Graduates should be able to demonstrate capabilities and dispositions
for:

  • locating and accessing knowledge of relevant theory and practice

  • critically evaluating and building knowledge

  • interpreting and applying knowledge to the solution of significant
    problems

  • planning and executing successful independent projects to build
    and/or apply knowledge

  • effectively communicating knowledge and

  • identifying and participating in relevant communities of practice.


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Program structure

The program consists of 8 units of postgraduate study. Two
types of coursework pathways and a research pathway are available
to students. Students may elect to focus their studies through the
completion of either of the coursework pathways if they so choose.

The first coursework pathway, Student-led Design, allows students
to select any 8 courses from the Faculty€™s list of available
postgraduate courses. Students may elect to tailor their selections
to give a clear focus to their program, but there is no requirement
to do so.

The second coursework pathway centres on the completion of a
specified major (specialisation), involving either five or six units
of related courses. Depending upon the requirements of specified majors,
students may select one or two elective courses. These electives will
normally be chosen from the Faculty€™s list of available postgraduate
courses.

All students completing either coursework pathway will be required
to complete EDU8719 Contemporary Issues Conference
at a convenient stage during the second half of their
enrolment in the program.

The coursework pathways are summarised in the table below.

Structure for Coursework Pathway
Student-led Design Any 8 selected courses (subject to availability
and pre-requisites)
Or Major All 5 or 6 courses specified as required for the
major, plus selected courses to bring the total to 8.

Students using this program to prepare for doctoral studies
are advised to undertake the research pathway. In some countries,
completion of a research stream is a requirement for recognition of
the Master's qualification. Those students in particular from Canada
and the Middle East, or those intending to live and work there, should
check registration requirements with the relevant authority in-country
around the half-way point of the Master's program. This will allow
time for students to complete their program via the research pathway
if the need to do so is indicated.

The research pathway allows students to complete any four units
of coursework before embarking on a four-unit program of research
work in the second half of their program. Students selecting the
research pathway are not required to complete EDU8719 Contemporary Issues Conference, but will have the
opportunity of participating in the associated conference event itself.

The research pathway is summarised in the table below.

Structure for Research Pathway
Any 4 selected courses
Plus EDR8000 Foundations of Contemporary Educational Research Methods
EDR8060 Masters Project 1
EDR8061 Masters Project II

Three further guidelines should be considered carefully by students
when choosing courses and developing a plan of study:

  • The research project courses EDR8060 Masters Project 1 and EDR8061 Masters Project II may NOT be taken until at least
    four other courses have been completed. Students must have completed,
    or be enrolled concurrently in either EDR8060 Masters Project 1 or EDR8061 Masters Project II.

  • Some courses have pre-requisites. Students should check the
    course specifications in the process of planning the order of their
    study patterns.

  • Some courses have assessment work that can be completed only
    if the student has access to an appropriate workplace, for example:
    TAFE, schools, pre-school settings, or other education or training
    environments. Students without access to an appropriate workplace
    would be unable to complete the requirements for these courses.

  • In Queensland, students who will come into contact with children
    under the age of 18 in the course of their studies will require a
    current Blue Card (issued by the Commission for Children and Young
    People) indicating suitability for working with children. For further
    information, please see http://www.usq.edu.au/education/profexp/earlychildhood/bluecards.htm


Opportunity to focus on a specialised area of study

The Master of Education program allows for the preparation of
graduates with advanced knowledge in a particular area of education
and enhanced capabilities for extending their own professional learning.
Students who generate their own focus area through course selection
will graduate with a Master of Education (MEd). A student who focusses
their studies by completing one of the majors (according to the enrolment
sequences described below) will have the area of specialisation noted
on the testamur – MEd (Guidance & Counselling), MEd (TESOL),
MEd (Special Education) and MEd (Leading & Managing Organisations),
depending on specialisations available from time to time.

Student-led Design Pathway

This coursework pathway allows students to select any seven
courses from the Faculty€™s list of available postgraduate courses.
Students may elect to tailor their selections in order to give a
clear focus to their program, but there is no requirement to do so.
Students who complete the degree through the Student-led Design pathway
will graduate with a Master of Education (MEd) on the testamur.

Faculty of Education Postgraduate
Elective Courses
*
Projected Semester Offers
ONC EXT WEB
EDR8000 Foundations of Contemporary Educational Research Methods 1,2,3
EDR8001 Effective and Ethical Educational Research 1,2,3
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis 1 1,3
EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood 2
EDU5112 Transforming Learning with ICT 1,3
EDU5221 Professional Learning 2
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs 1,3
EDU5322 Behaviour Management and Support 1
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention 1
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents 2
EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments 1
EDU5702 Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts 1,2,3
EDU5703 Engaging Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
EDU5704 Popular Culture as Curriculum and Pedagogy
2,3
EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula 2
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices 1,3
EDU5760 Professional Study 1,2,3
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education 3
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education 2
EDU8111 Emerging Environments for Learning 3
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice 1
EDU8117 Networked and Global Learning 2
EDU8311 Concepts and Theories in Educational Management 1
EDU8312 Educators as Leaders: Emerging Perspectives 1
EDU8314 Human Resource Strategies for Innovation 1,3
EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing 1
EDU8318 Organisational Transformation Through Learning 2
EDU8319 Marketing Your Educational Organisation 3
EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading 2
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics 1
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice 2
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings 2
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts 1
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts 2
EDU8338 3
EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures 2
EDU8415 Multi-Modal Texts and New Literacies 3
EDU8605 Building Communities of Practice 3
EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development 1,2
EDU8701 Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Contexts: Theory and Practice 3
EDU8702 Scholarship in Higher Education: Reflection and Evaluation 3
EDU8703 Critical Multiliteracies 3
EDU8704 New Pedagogies 2
EDU8705 Personal Pedagogy in Context not available semester 1 2012 1
EDU8712 Contemporary Approaches to Alternative Education 3
EDU8719 Contemporary Issues Conference 1,2,3
LIN5000 The Nature of Language 1 1,2,3
LIN5003 Syllabus Design and Materials Writing 1,2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning 1 1,2
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language 2 1,2
LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning 2 1,2
LIN8007 Language Testing 1,3
LIN8015 Introduction to Sociolinguistics 2 1,2
LIN8017 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education 2 2

Footnotes
*Students should note that not all elective courses
are necessarily available every year. When planning their enrolment
patterns, students should refer to that year's schedule of course
offers.

There are numerous ways in which a student might select four
or more of their eight elective courses in order to create a focus
for their studies. Examples of just six of the many possible focus
areas and associated clusters of courses include the following:

For an Early Childhood focus:

  • EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood

  • EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention

  • EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education

  • EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education

  • EDU8311 Concepts and Theories in Educational Management


For an Educational Technology focus:

  • EDU5112 Transforming Learning with ICT

  • EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice

  • EDU8111 Emerging Environments for Learning

  • EDU8117 Networked and Global Learning


For an Pedagogy and Culture focus:

  • EDU5703 Engaging Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • EDU5704 Popular Culture as Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • EDU8703 Critical Multiliteracies

  • EDU8704 New Pedagogies


For a Curriculum and Pedagogy focus:

  • EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula

  • EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices

  • EDU8705 Personal Pedagogy in Context not available semester 1 2012

  • EDU8712 Contemporary Approaches to Alternative Education


For a Further Education and Training focus:

  • EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments

  • EDU8605 Building Communities of Practice

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    Core courses

    All majors have required courses or sequences of courses. Students
    are advised to note carefully the enrolment requirements for the major,
    and to ensure that they plan their enrolment to allow for completion
    of the major's requirements.

    Students undertaking the research pathway must complete 4 units
    of research-related study, including EDR8000, EDR8060 and EDR8061.

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    Major studies

    The second coursework pathway allows students to elect to focus
    their studies in a particular area by completing a major consisting
    of a sequence of 5 or 6 related courses. The purpose of a major is
    to develop breadth and depth in an area of specialised knowledge.
    The specialist areas comprising the set of available majors may vary
    from time to time, but the specified majors to be offered to commencing
    students in the Master of Education are:

    • Guidance and Counselling

    • TESOL

    • Special Education

    • Leading and Managing Educational Organisations


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    Elective courses

    Elective courses will normally be selected from those listed
    in the table of Faculty of Education Postgraduate Elective Courses.

    Faculty of Education Postgraduate
    Elective Courses
    *
    Projected Semester Offers
    ONC EXT WEB
    EDR8000 Foundations of Contemporary Educational Research Methods 1,2,3
    EDR8001 Effective and Ethical Educational Research 1,2,3
    EDR8005 Discourse Analysis 1 1,3
    EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood 2
    EDU5112 Transforming Learning with ICT 1,3
    EDU5221 Professional Learning 2
    EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs 1,3
    EDU5322 Behaviour Management and Support 1
    EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention 1
    EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents 2
    EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments 1
    EDU5702 Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts 1,2,3
    EDU5703 Engaging Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
    EDU5704 Popular Culture as Curriculum and Pedagogy 2,3
    EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula 2
    EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices 1,3
    EDU5760 Professional Study 1,2,3
    EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education 3
    EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education 2
    EDU8111 Emerging Environments for Learning 3
    EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice 1
    EDU8117 Networked and Global Learning 2
    EDU8311 Concepts and Theories in Educational Management 1
    EDU8312 Educators as Leaders: Emerging Perspectives 1
    EDU8314 Human Resource Strategies for Innovation 1,3
    EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing 1
    EDU8318 Organisational Transformation Through Learning 2
    EDU8319 Marketing Your Educational Organisation 3
    EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading 2
    EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics 1
    EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice 2
    EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings 2
    EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts 1
    EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts 2
    EDU8338 3
    EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures 2
    EDU8605 Building Communities of Practice 3
    EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development 1,2
    EDU8415 Multi-Modal Texts and New Literacies 3
    EDU8701 Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Contexts: Theory and Practice 3
    EDU8702 Scholarship in Higher Education: Reflection and Evaluation 3
    EDU8703 Critical Multiliteracies 3
    EDU8704 New Pedagogies 1
    EDU8705 Personal Pedagogy in Context not available semester 1 2012 1
    EDU8712 Contemporary Approaches to Alternative Education 3
    EDU8719 Contemporary Issues Conference 1,2,3
    LIN5000 The Nature of Language 1 1,2,3
    LIN5003 Syllabus Design and Materials Writing 1,2
    LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning 1 1,2
    LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language 2 1,2
    LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning 2 1,2
    LIN8007 Language Testing 1,3
    LIN8015 Introduction to Sociolinguistics 2 1,2
    LIN8017 Bilingualism and Bilingual Education 2

    Footnotes
    *Students should note that not all elective courses
    are necessarily available every year. When planning their enrolment
    patterns, students should refer to that year's schedule of course
    offers.

    Opportunities for Workplace Learning: Supervised Independent
    Study

    Many of the courses in the Master of Education provide opportunities
    for students to address issues of particular personal interest, by
    undertaking approved independent work, which may include approved
    workplace professional development activity. Such projects, approved
    in advance at the discretion of the program coordinator are covered
    by enrolment in EDU5760 Professional Study.

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    Exit points

    Students who have completed 4 approved units of postgraduate
    study in education in the Master of Education program may exit with
    the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

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