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Why study the SCU Online Master of Education?


Gain specialised skills and knowledge


Learn from experienced primary and secondary academics


Become an effective leader in the school and classroom


Supports next step in educational career 


Be supported every step of the way 


Accelerated, online learning designed for busy teachers 


One of Australia's most affordable online Master of Education degrees 

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Quick facts


16 months part-time

Study mode

100% online


Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov




$2,590 per unit, FEE-HELP available

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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Applications close in

28 days

Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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

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 Institutional Student Support and Social Equity, Business and Management Teaching Quality, Teacher Education Learning Resources, Nursing Learning Resources and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 150 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 Ellis is a former high school technology teacher, head teacher and VET coordinator who has worked across both New South Wales State and Catholic Education systems. During his time in schools, he experienced the challenges that teachers face in leadership and management in a constantly changing educational landscape. It was not until he started lecturing in the Bachelor of Technology/ Bachelor of Education program at Southern Cross University where he witnessed the challenges of inservice teaching staff, trying to maintain their expertise in an evolving curriculum. As a consequence, his research interests took a turn towards an important, and ongoing issue in education – teacher expertise and professional learning. This formed the basis of his PhD research.

In recent years, Dave has been involved in the development of Teacher Subject Content Knowledge policy with the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) and the accreditation of Initial Teacher Education programs with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). Dave has published books and journals in a number of areas, such as interdisciplinary (STEM) projects, project-based learning, communities of practice and Stage 6 student texts. All of these publications stem from a desire to assist teachers in the development and maintenance of their expertise.