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Master of Learning and Development MLAD

Program focus

This program is designed for those wishing to respond to emerging
educator roles and opportunities brought about by changes in workplaces
and communities. Within such an environment, individuals shape personally-relevant
study from formal and informal programs. A central tenet for students
in the Master of Learning and Development is their cultivation of
a critical and reflective approach to the literature and its inherent
conceptual frameworks. The program therefore keeps pace with the rapidly
changing education environment and the educator's expanding
and evolving role. Students are able to customise their study by selecting
courses from other faculties as part of their learner-designed program.
This flexibility encourages students to focus on specific areas based
on their personal and professional needs, industry requirements and
future career aspirations, and is ideally suited for those from non-traditional
educational settings who do not require teacher registration.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


1 year full-time up to 5 years part-time

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Program aims

The aim of this program is to provide professionals in education,
training and development with masters-level coursework and research
opportunities that will engage with educational issues that are relevant
and meaningful to them and help to sustain their communities and fulfil
their lives. For those choosing the Research Pathway, a complementary
aim is to provide an opportunity to develop research capabilities
as a foundation for independent investigations through a critical
approach to educational research. The program therefore aims to:

  • facilitate the development and consolidation of knowledge and
    skills in teaching and learning in community, professional and workplace
    learning settings that are informed by contemporary learning theory
    and futures-orientated approaches

  • support the application of these knowledge and skills through
    learner-centred design, flexible delivery and individualised and authentic
    assessment to enhance quality of services for their learners

  • provide opportunities for students to build a program of study
    to suit their own particular needs, professional and industry requirements
    and individual career paths

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Program objectives

On successful completion of the Master of Learning and Development,
students should be able to:

  • critically analyse and contextualise knowledge relating to professional
    practice, and sustainable engagement in educational sectors

  • exhibit competence and commitment in pursuing personal lifelong
    learning goals of advanced scholarship in relation to their areas
    of specialisation

  • articulate the local, provincial, national, regional and global
    dimensions of the work and identities of contemporary educators, trainers
    and developers

  • demonstrate the capacity to add value to, and help to sustain
    contemporary learning communities

An additional objective for those following the Research Pathway
is to:

  • integrate empirical, methodological and theoretical knowledge
    in ways that engage current educational issues

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Program structure

The Master of Learning and Development is an 8-unit program.
Three guidelines shape the program structure.

  • A minimum of 50% of the units studied (at least 4 units) must
    be level 8 courses

  • A minimum of 50% of the units studied (at least 4 units) must
    be from the Master
    of Education

  • A maximum of 50% of the units studied (up to 4 units) may be
    selected from any USQ Faculty choose via the USQ programs search facility.

    Students may choose to follow a prescribed enrolment pattern
    for one of the specialisations, or may prefer to tailor their study
    as outlined in the 'Student-Designed Customisation' notes below.

Student-Designed Customisation

This option is an alternative to following the recommended enrolment
pattern for a particular Specialisation. Students may choose to customise
their study by following the program structure guidelines above.Note: Students must submit a study plan for approval by the Program

Coursework and Research Pathways

Students may choose to study a suite of eight (8) coursework
units, the Coursework pathway, or if students intend undertaking
doctoral studies at a later date, follow the Research pathway.

Coursework pathway Research pathway
Faculty of Education coursework Minimum of 4 units Minimum of 4 units
Complementary coursework: Maximum of 4 units Maximum of 4 units *

The Research pathway requirements and its recommended
enrolment pattern can be found in the Research section of this
Handbook entry.

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Major studies/Specialisations

Because of the program focus, the default study pattern will
be student-designed a customised pattern following the program structure
guidelines. Students who follow the recommended enrolment pattern
for the following specialisations will have their specialisation named
on their testamur.

Please select one of the following specialisations or refer
to the Program Structure section of this Handbook to tailor your
own study pattern via the student-designed customisation option.

  • Adult Professional and Workplace Learning

  • Career Development and Lifelong Learning

  • Communities and Informal Learning

  • Learning Design

  • Early Childhood

  • Educational Leadership

  • Online and Distributed Learning

  • Organisational Capacity Building

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Exit points

Students who successfully complete a minimum of four (4) units
of the Master of Learning and Development program will be able to
transfer 4 units of credit to an appropriate Postgraduate Certificate
program (see the programs listed under Articulation above).

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