Master of Education (STEM)

Approved Abbreviation: MEd(STEM)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1847.2

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 2021.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2017 to 2020 - please refer to 1847.1 Master of Education (STEM)

The Master of Education (STEM) is designed for teachers seeking to enhance their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and their capacity to plan, deliver and evaluate effectively integrated STEM learning experiences. Graduates will have specialised skills to enable them to critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise multi-disciplinary approaches to STEM teaching, drawing on appropriate theoretical knowledge, allowing them to plan and deliver exemplary practice in STEM teaching. Graduates will also gain the skills required to be STEM leaders in schools, developing, enacting and evaluating interdisciplinary curriculum reform for the future. The course is suitable for Primary and Secondary teachers.

Study Mode
Two to three years part-time.

Advanced standing

Students with a postgraduate (Level 8) qualification in a cognate discipline OR a bachelor qualification (Level 7) plus three years full-time 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.


Applicants for admission into the Master of Education (STEM)

  • must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline and 2 years’ full time equivalent of professional work experience in their field Or
  • must have successfully completed a graduate certificate (AQF level 8) or higher, in any discipline.

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

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.

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 as per the recommended sequence below.

Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Education (STEM) on completion of the relevant units. Refer to link below for structure requirements for this exit award.

1852 - Graduate Certificate in Education (STEM)

Core Units (30 credit points)

101656Researching Practice
102163Professional Project
102824Research Methods in Education

STEM Specialisation units (40 credit points)

102508STEM foundations
102509Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum

Choose two of

102323Leading Mathematics in the Primary School
102324Assessment and Intervention for Mathematics and Numeracy Learning
102321Mathematics for Contemporary Learners
102322Addressing Diversity in Mathematics Teaching and Learning
102485Science for Contemporary Learners
102488Assessment and Intervention for Science Learning
102763Applied Robotics and Programming in Secondary STEM Education
102764Applied Mathematics and Science in Secondary STEM Education
102511STEM Pedagogies in Practice

Alternate units (50 credit points)

Students will complete five alternate units chosen from the STEM specialisation units listed above and/or the alternate units listed below (can be a combination of both lists).

Please choose alternate units listed below in consultation with the Academic Course Advisor.

1723 Master of Education (Social Ecology)

102152Social Ecology
101651Applied Imagination
102165At the cultural interface - learning two ways
101652Ecopsychology and Cultural Change


1720 Master of Inclusive Education

102149Inclusive Environments
102156Disability in Context
102166Person-Centred Practice
102154Technology Assisting Learning
102146Effective Working Relationships
102147Assessing to Support Learning
102151Managing Challenging and Diverse Behaviour
102150Universal Design for Learning
102324Assessment and Intervention for Mathematics and Numeracy Learning


1726 Master of Education (Leadership)

102161Leading Change
102159Designing Curriculum Futures
100701Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth
102158Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts
102168Principles and Practices of Evaluation


Students requiring 80 credit points of units (i.e. have obtained 40 credit points of advanced standing) will complete one alternate unit from the STEM specialisation units listed above


in consultation with the Academic Course Advisor

One alternate unit as listed above from

1723 Master of Education (Social Ecology), or

1720 Master of Inclusive Education, or

1726 Master of Education (Leadership)

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.

Year 1

Semester 1

102508STEM foundations

One STEM specialisation unit

Semester 2

102509Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum

One STEM specialisation unit or alternate unit

Year 2

Semester 1

Two STEM specialisation units or alternate units

Semester 2

102824Research Methods in Education

Choose one of

102509Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum

One STEM specialisation unit or alternate unit

Year 3

Semester 1

101656Researching Practice

One STEM specialisation unit or alternate unit

Semester 2

102163Professional Project

One STEM specialisation unit or alternate unit

Note: Unit 102509 Computational Thinking Across the STEM Curriculum is on offer every second year

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