Our Master of Education programs are designed to enhance career options and professional advancement opportunities for teachers, trainers in industry and commerce, adult educators, and other professionals working in educational settings. Graduates are equipped to progress into specialist fields of education or leadership roles within their existing fields, or into higher degree research.

The degree offers seven areas of specialisation: Educational Studies, Curriculum and Assessment, Educational Psychology, Gifted Education, Higher Education, Special Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Applicants with a relevant degree and professional experience are welcome to apply.

Please note not all specialisations are available to be undertaken in one year (full time).

Applicants who do not meet equivalent entry requirements for the Master of Education programs may be eligible for the Graduate Certificate of Education or the Graduate Certificate of Educational Leadership.

Please note that this degree program does not provide a professional accreditation or teacher qualification. If you are seeking professional accreditation as a teacher, you may wish to consider the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or the Master of Teaching (Primary).

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Why choose this degree?

The degree is designed for teachers, trainers in industry and commerce, adult educators, and other professionals working in educational settings who wish to advance their career It does not provide a qualification in pre-service education.

Who should choose this degree?

The degree is designed for qualified teachers, trainers in industry and commerce, adult educators and other professionals. It does not provide a qualification in pre-service education.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Early Childhood Teaching
  • Primary and Secondary Teaching
  • Vocational and Workplace Teaching
  • Tertiary Teaching

Entry requirements

  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching), OR
  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



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2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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