Master of Educational Studies
The Master of Educational Studies degree is intended for practising teachers and other educators who wish to gain postgraduate professional qualifications in a wide variety of educational contexts and to acquire or update their expertise. The approach used in the program blends theory and practice, with an emphasis on applying research findings to best educational practices. The program is undertaken by coursework, with the option of a research strand consisting of a minor thesis with research methodology courses.
The Master of Educational Studies is available in the following areas of interest:
- Aboriginal Education
- Chemistry (Specialisation not available in 2010)
- Computer Education
- Early Childhood Education (Specialisation not available in 2010)
- Educating Boys
- Engineering Education (Specialisation not available in 2010)
- Gifted Education (Available to continuing students only)
- Physics (Specialisation not available in 2010)
- Research Strand
- Science (Specialisation not available in 2010)
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) (Specialisation not available in 2010)
Program Requirements & Structure
Students are required to complete 80 units of approved courses to obtain the degree. This is primarily done through coursework, however, students have the option of combining coursework (40 units) and research option (40 units). Please see individual areas of interest for details. Students interested in completing a research strand within the Masters award should contact the Program Convenor. All courses are taught at postgraduate level. Not all courses are offered each semester. The Faculty reserves the right not to offer courses if there is insufficient demand.
Some accreditation is possible within specialisation areas. The degree, however, is not an initial teaching qualification.
Admission to the Master of Educational Studies degree is open to applicants who have satisfactorily completed a four year Bachelors degree or a three year degree and a Postgraduate Diploma. Applicants who do not satisfy the requirements for direct entry to the award may complete the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies award (40 units) prior to entering the Masters award, and may then seek up to 40 units of credit in the Masters degree.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University
Note: It is assumed that applicants are qualified teachers, but others may apply. This is NOT an initial teaching qualification.