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Why study the SCU Online Master of Education?

Outstanding student support

#1 in Australia for Education Student Support1

Top 200 Young Universities

Ranked in the top 200 universities in the world that are 50 years old or younger2

Affordable, online and accelerated

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

1(Good Universities Guide 2023)
2Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2023

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Quick facts


16 months part-time*

Study mode

100% online


Jan, Mar, May,
July, Aug, Oct




$2,699 per unit, FEE-HELP available

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


The SCU Masters of Education online difference


Are you thinking about studying a Master of Education online? At SCU, we’re cultivating the leaders of tomorrow, today, right in our very own backyard. We aim to provide an exceptional education experience through our unique learning model and innovative online platform. We’re committed to lifelong learning and providing equal access to education for everyone, regardless of background or location. As one of the top universities in the world at only 25 years young, we’re pioneers in online education and have been doing so since 2015. We’re a rising, dynamic university that is proud to be a game changer and leader in education. That’s the SCU Online difference and why you should study a Master of Education online with us.


Learn on your own terms

Own your educational journey by having the flexibility to manage your study, work and life commitments, without impacting your overall course progress.


Personalise your education degree

Tailor your masters degree in education online to focus on the vital aspects of educational leadership, well-being, inclusion and diversity – all of which are important in today’s and tomorrow’s schools.


Supporting education research

SCU’s Faculty of Education seeks to innovate and transform the field of education through world-leading educational research in areas of sustainability, environment, school improvement, social policy and more.


Unique learning model

Find the ideal balance between work, life and study through our unique seven-week study units. Apply the knowledge & skills you learn immediately to real-world situations.


Helping communities thrive

At SCU Online, we stand for our community. We’re  committed to offering a vibrant teaching, learning, research and cultural environment to help you achieve your career goals.


Unparalleled support

Receive academic and non-academic support to assist with your study from enrolment through to graduation. Have full access to SCU campuses, including the library and other facilities.

How does the Masters of Education online work with SCU?

  • With no exams, you’ll learn through quizzes, videos, interactive presentations and more.
  • Connect with academics and students through online chat platforms and discussion boards.
  • Access support throughout the course, including feedback from a learning coach and a dedicated student success advisor from enrolment through to graduation.
  • Live classes are optional but encouraged for networking, while the course is self-paced.
  • To make the most of your learning experience, we recommend dedicating around 20 hours per week to your studies.
A typical study period at SCU Online
Typical study period timeline

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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.

Career and salary outcomes

As a Masters of Education Online Australia graduate, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills to positively impact the lives of children and the youth, no matter what career path you choose. Here’s a quick preview of potential career options and their corresponding salary outcomes:

School manager

School manager, typical annual salary: $120,000

Primary School Teacher

Primary School Teacher, typical annual salary: $95,000

Secondary School Teacher

Secondary School Teacher, typical annual salary: $95,000

School Principal

School Principal, typical annual salary: $170,000


Principal, typical annual salary: $180,000


Teacher, typical annual salary: $93,000

*Salary outcomes captured by, accurate as of July 2023.

What you will study

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.


With SCU Online’s Master of Education specialisations, you can customise the Master of Education degree online course to your career goals and aspirations



Educational Leadership

If you choose to specialise in Educational Leadership, you will complete the core units in addition to the two units below:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Evaluation for Improved Teaching and Learning

And choose one of the following:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Project Management Principles

Plus a choice between:

  • The Positive Leader
  • Organisational Behaviour


Educational Wellbeing

If you choose to specialise in Educational Wellbeing, you will complete the core units in addition to the four units below:

  • Educational Leadership and Wellbeing
  • Enhancing Student Wellbeing
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Supporting Students in Difficult Times


Educational Inclusion and Diversity

If you choose to specialise in Educational Inclusion and Diversity, you will complete the core units in addition to the four units below:

  • Technology and Collaboration to Support Learning and Participation
  • Inclusive Education, Theory Policy and Practice
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Supporting Students in Difficult Times

Early exit options

We know that plans change, which is why we’ve built flexible exit pathways into the online Master of Education. If you need to exit early, you could still receive a Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Educational Wellbeing or a Graduate Certificate in Educational Inclusion and Diversity after completing four specific units.

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units


Learning outcomes with a Master of Education degree online


Lead wellbeing initiatives across your school community

Develop an understanding and appreciation for diversity. Improve support and outcomes for students. Enhance overall social and emotional well-being by becoming a leader in the space and spreading well-being best-practice.

Become an advocate for contemporary education

From discerning between varied leadership styles in education to being able to drive educational reform using your research skills and knowledge of evidence, be seen as a leader empowering the latest research in 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.

Entry requirements

To gain entry into the Masters of Education online, you need:

  • A four-year bachelors 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 bachelors 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

At SCU Online, we value your past education and work experience, allowing you to potentially reduce the Master of Education’s course length through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Should you have any relevant professional work experience or academic qualifications that you would like us to acknowledge, please provide as much evidence of this as possible when applying to study the Master of Education online.

Gain credit for your previous experience and graduate even sooner with Advanced Standing. At SCU Online, we proactively assess each student’s prior learning, qualifications and professional experience and provide custom pathways to complete your online Master’s in Education.

Need more information on the entry requirements?

Chat to a Student Enrolment Advisor today via live chat or call us on 1300 863 819 to discover your eligibility.



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.

By utilising his experience and expertise, David is available to assist SCU Master of Education students through:

  • Hands-on learning: Be prepared for real-world challenges and gain a unique perspective from an educational leader. Connect theoretical concepts to tangible scenarios through in-depth practical insights and hands-on learning experiences.
  • A holistic approach to education: Develop a more holistic understanding of education, encompassing not only teaching practices but also leadership, community engagement, student well-being and systemic improvement.
  • Networking opportunities: Be connected to a network of professionals within the education sector and expand your industry connections and opportunities for mentorship, internship and job prospects.
  • Receive dedicated one-on-one support: Have a question regarding an assignment, a unit topic or deadline? David is available throughout the course to provide any support and feedback that you need to succeed.

David Lynch


What our students say about our online Master of Education

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


Related courses


Graduate Certificate
in Education

Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct
Duration: 8 months part-time

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Graduate Certificate in
Educational Wellbeing

Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct
Duration: 8 months part-time

View course

Graduate Certificate in Educational
Inclusion and Diversity

Intakes: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct
Duration: 8 months part-time

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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.

Advanced standing focuses primarily on receiving credit from previous academic study, such as an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, while RPL encompasses a wider range of learning experiences as well as professional work experience. Both processes provide the opportunity for you to have your prior learning recognised, thereby reducing the amount of time and effort required to complete the Master of Education online.