Master of Education (Leadership)

Approved Abbreviation: MEd(Lead)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1726.1

AQF Level: 9

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or later.

The Masters of Education (Leadership) critically examines recent developments in theory, policy, practice and methodologies for research for educational leadership across early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, TAFE, community-based and other professional settings. We recognise that leadership emerges and is enacted in diverse ways and in relationships and is crucial for fostering change and educational transformation, and that educational leaders are responsible for developing the leadership capacities of others. Students will develop knowledge of research principles and practices in educational leadership and review and evaluate theory and scholarship. They will apply concepts and theories to new bodies of knowledge and practice. They will design original evidence-based investigations, and analyse and synthesise a range of data about complex problems in order to reframe problems and generate solutions. They will develop and evaluate innovations to improve learning outcomes in workplace settings, communicate their findings to diverse audiences and contribute to scholarship in educational leadership. This course is delivered through a combination of online and intensive on-campus teaching methods.

Study Mode
Two to three years part-time.

Advanced standing

Students with a postgraduate (Level 8) qualification, or a bachelor qualification (Level 7) plus three years FT of professional work experience in the fields of teaching/education, political science, policy studies, human welfare studies and services, or behavioural science can apply for up to four units Advanced Standing, assessed at the time of admission.


Applicants for admission into the Master of Education (Leadership) must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in teaching/education, political science, policy studies, health, human welfare studies and services, or behavioural science. An undergraduate degree in teaching includes the historical 2-3 year Diploma of Teaching/Education prior to 1987

Or a diploma or higher, in teaching/education, political science, policy studies, human welfare studies and services, or behavioural science and 5 years professional work experience in these fields

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Additional Information for Applicants:

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International Office

International applicants who are non-student visa holders, and are in a permissible visa category, must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL - 575 (minimum 4.5 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer based test - 232 (minimum 4.5 in essay writing)
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 89 (writing = 21 and all subtests = 18)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - (CAE)
  • Grade = B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Grade = C

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 12-month period prior to submitting an application.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points in the recommended sequence below.

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate on completion of the relevant units.Refer to links below for structure requirements for these two exit awards.

1728 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Leadership) - 80 credit points

1727 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Leadership) - 40 credit points

Recommended Sequence


Years 1 and 2 are offered in alternate calendar years, and are interchangeable. Students select from the units on offer in each semester/ year of enrolment. Not all listed units will be offered in every year.

Year 1 Semester 1

101658Transformative Learning
102158Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts

Year 1 Semester 2

102161Leading Change
102155Teaching and Learning with Adults

Year 2 Semester 1

102159Designing Curriculum Futures
102168Principles and Practices of Evaluation

Year 2 Semester 2

100701Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth
102165At the cultural interface - learning two ways

Year 3 Semester 1

101656Researching Practice

Any one unit from the 1723 Master of Education (Social Ecology) or the 1720 Master of Inclusive Education

1723 - Master of Education (Social Ecology)

1720 - Master of Inclusive Education

Year 3 Semester 2

102163Professional Project
102160Education Policy, Practice and Global Knowledge Co-construction

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