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Why study the SCU Online Master of Education?


Gain specialised skills and knowledge

Become an effective leader in the school and classroom by aligning your studies with your professional goals. Choose to specialise in Leadership, Wellbeing, Diversity and Inclusion, or choose electives across any specialisation for a generalist Master of Education.


Lead with confidence

Deepen your understanding of contemporary education to empower and drive better outcomes for staff and students.  


Accelerated and flexible learning

Designed with teachers in mind, study the Master of Education 100% online, anytime and anywhere.

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Quick facts


16 months part-time*

Study mode

100% online


Jan, Mar, May,
July, Aug, Oct




$2,620 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

In this video, Master of Education graduate Aleasa Brink speaks about the benefits of engaging in and promoting lifelong learning. 

Aleasa Brink: "Education is a lifelong skill. So, lifelong learning is something that I talk about within my school and within the profession I work, so modelling that and continuing on that path is something that's very important for me." Subheading: What are you trying to achieve from online study? Aleasa: "I want to progress myself in my career and professionally, it's quite relevant. The learning that I'm doing with the study is helping with my work and my work is helping with my study." Subheading: What are your tips for students considering online study? Aleasa: "My first tip would be just to have a go! And finding a course that is going to complement what you're doing, so for me - not a load on top of what I'm doing. It really fits in seamlessly with what I'm already doing, and enhancing that."

Become an advocate for contemporary education 

With a Master of Education from Southern Cross University, you’ll be prepared for all the challenges that come with a fulfilling career in education. Students will become contemporary educational leaders for their school systems, permeating positive change through every level of the school.

You can specialise your online postgraduate education degree in Educational Leadership, Educational Wellbeing or Educational Inclusion and Diversity. You also have the option to choose elective units from these specialisations to gain a generalist Master of Education degree.

With a curriculum tailored to your interests and career ambitions, you can choose to grow in the direction you’re most passionate about.

Learning outcomes

Lead wellbeing initiatives 

Examine and implement wellbeing best practice across all levels within your school.


Become an advocate for contemporary education

From discerning between leadership styles to driving educational reform using your research skills and knowledge, be an empowering leader for your school. 


Gain business administration skills 

Enhance key business knowledge and be prepared for the administrative and financial decisions and demands of a senior education role. 

What you will study

To gain your Master of Education, you will study four core units and four elective units. To complete a generalist Master of Education, you can choose four electives across any specialisation. If you want to tailor your degree to your area of interest, you can choose to specialise in Educational LeadershipEducational Wellbeing or Educational Inclusion and Diversity, each having four specific elective units to complete. More detail about units of study is included below.  

Explore the broad canvas of social and political contexts in which educational leaders operate at a state, national and global level in the Contemporary Educational Leadership unit

The Contemporary Educational Contexts unit is designed to prepare you for educational environments in Australia and around the world.

Explore concepts from the professional learning community, and the latest research literature in the Leading Professional Learning unit

The Educational Investigation unit develops knowledge and understanding of generic research and evaluation tools in the educational context. 

The Accounting for Managers unit introduces the fundamentals of financial and management accounting viewed from the perspective of the business manager.

The Human Resource Management unit looks at the aims and goals of HR and its role in business.

Explore a diverse range of leadership styles, preparing you for a bright future in leadership or management in The Positive Leader unit

In the Evaluation for Improved Teaching and Learning unit, you will gain the skills to identify and utilise data to improve educational performance.

The Supporting Students in Difficult Times unit provides the knowledge and skills required to effectively support children and young people experiencing personal difficulties and require social and or emotional support. 

The Valuing Diversity unit is designed to consolidate awareness, knowledge and experience in understanding and meeting diverse learners' needs in educational settings. 

In the Educational Leadership and Wellbeing unit, you will develop the skills to establish wellbeing best practice in your school community.

The Enhancing Student Wellbeing unit focuses on knowledge, understandings and practices concerning student wellbeing at school.

Specialise in Educational Leadership and be exposed to key areas of business that are vital to educational administration. To gain this qualification you will study, in addition to the core units, the three units below:

And choose one of the following: 

The Educational Wellbeing specialisation enables you to bring positive change to the education system, focusing on both teacher and student welfare.

The Educational Inclusion and Diversity specialisation enables you to bring positive change to the education system, focusing on both inclusion and diversity.

Early exit option

We know that plans change, which is why we’ve built a flexible completion option into the online Master of Education. If you need to exit early, you could still receive a Graduate Certificate in Education after completing four core units. 

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

A typical study period at SCU Online
Typical study period timeline

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17 days

Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to the Master of Education online, you must have:

  • A four-year Bachelor degree in Education from any Australian university or equivalent; OR
  • an undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level teaching qualification from any Australian university or equivalent, OR
  • a three year Bachelor degree in Teaching and an education-specific Graduate Certificate from any Australian University, or equivalent.

Non-standard language admission requirements for international students (IELTS) with an overall score of 7.5 or equivalent.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules

We may recognise and grant credit for past education or qualifications in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with us, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


Our Accreditations & Endorsements

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Our online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Full-Time Employment, Overall Experience, Student Support, Learning Resources, Teaching Quality and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the world's Top 200 Young Universities.

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Our postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above the national average.

What our students say
Matthew-MED testimonial
SCU online MED student Matthew smiling and holding a textbook in a school courtyard.

After two years of full-time teaching, I decided that it was time to further my skills and qualifications. After looking at courses online and speaking with colleagues, I came across the M.Ed being offered by SCU Online. Throughout this course, I am finding that a lot of what I am studying related perfectly to my everyday work in my school.

Matthew Scott

Online M.Ed (Educational Wellbeing) graduate

Bethany-MED testimonial
SCU online MED student Bethany smiling and standing in a school classroom

I really enjoyed the unit focusing on positive leadership styles and have actually used some of that knowledge to teach my students about different leadership styles in the workplace.

Bethany McQueen

Online M.Ed (Educational Leadership) graduate

Aleasa-MED testimonial

The content within the course directly relates to my professional life so I use this time to re-read prescribed texts, research or articles that will help to develop my understanding of the unit as well as develop me professionally. I think it is important to model lifelong learning to my staff and students and this is one way in which I can do that.

Aleasa Brink

Online M.Ed graduate and Primary School Principal

Danielle Harris-MED testimonial
SCU online MED student Danielle smiling and sitting on a chair in a classroom.

The impact of the Master of Education on my career has been enormous. I have gained a greater understanding of Educational Leadership and the theories behind it, which has enabled me to become a better leader in my current educational institution. It has also opened up other leadership opportunities.

Danielle Harris

Online M.Ed (Educational Leadership) graduate

Dallas-MED testimonial
SCU online MED graduate Dallas.

All of the education subjects were highly applicable. The assignments were designed in a way that each student could focus on their own school or workplace. The general way each assignment worked was to analyse a particular element of the school and present improvements. In my mind, that's exactly the sort of thing a Principal does and what I aspire to.

Dallas Young

Online M.Ed (Educational Leadership) graduate

What our students do

Our Master of Education students work in a variety of educational contexts around Australia. Below is a snapshot of some of these roles and jobs. 

  • Deputy Head of School
  • Lead Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Principal
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Education Consultant


  • Classroom Teacher
  • Assistant Principal
  • Community Wellbeing Coordinator
Course Coordinator

Meet our Course Coordinator

David Lynch is a world renowned researcher and innovator in the areas of teacher education, whole of school teaching improvement and school leadership. Early research endeavours focused on investigations into the rationale, content and delivery mechanisms for initial teacher education where new programs were developed and which form the basis on modern day teacher education programming. His work moved into ‘in-service teacher education’ and since 2012 whole of school teaching improvement. Current research is focused on understanding the life cycle of whole of school teaching improvement programs and the key role played by the school leader.

The central research interest is investigating what school leaders do to ‘ready’ their staff for such agendas and correspondingly what constitutes the development and implementation of effective and practical models that aid leaders in implementation. With this focus in mind, his research strategy has been to work with a school/ schooling system, and through collaboration seek to test propositions that are of interest and concern to the school and fitting for education system improvement. The context of such is an evolving and growing set of funded research projects. These research projects ($4m, 22 books and 100+ papers) have focused on education in RRR areas of Australia, Mathematics Education; School Leadership, leadership readiness, Whole of School Teaching Improvement and Blended Learning. Research projects have occurred in education systems including within Australia, Norway, Japan and the UK. In early career David was a State School principal in Queensland starting off in a one teacher school in remote Queensland before progressing to a large complex primary school on the Sunshine Coast. 

David Lynch

Frequently asked questions

SCU Online's Master of Education is accelerated, online learning for busy teachers. The course can be completed in 16 months, part-time. SCU Online offers six intakes per year, meaning students can complete six units in a year. Students will complete 8 units in total for this course.

This course is for current and future school leaders who want to further develop their skills, drive improvement and create positive outcomes for their students, organisation and communities.

Excellent leadership skills are crucial for those wanting to drive improvement and increase the effectiveness of an organisation. In times of unprecedented change and a climate of increased public accountability in the education sector, this course will instil in you the confidence to strategically lead your people and organisation to enhance learning outcomes for students and increase engagement with your school community.

A Master of Education is for registered teachers who wish to develop their understanding of the various models of education leadership styles, in turn strengthen your leadership style. A Master of Teaching is for those who are looking to gain a teaching qualification.

We may recognise and grant credit for past education or qualifications in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree.

To find out more about advanced standing, get in touch with one of our Enrolment Advisors on 1300 863 819.

There are three specialisations offered for students to choose from when undertaking our Master of Education.

  • Educational Leadership: Prepares you to make business-like decisions in an education context.
  • Educational Wellbeing: Provides a unique approach; focuses on the needs of teachers as well as learners
  • Educational Inclusion and Diversity: Develop the ability to create environments that foster lifelong learning

Alternatively, students can pick four units in total from all specialisations for a general Master of Education degree.