Instructional Leadership

Masters Professional Certificate

Danielle Toon, Master of Instructional Leadership graduate

The Master of Instructional Leadership and Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership focus on the impacts of evidence-based approaches for the leadership of teaching and learning, with a strong emphasis on research.

You will build the skills and knowledge to enhance effective teaching and learning, contribute to greater student achievement and improve your school’s performance. These courses align with the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.

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Entry requirements

  • An appropriate four-year degree in education, or
  • A postgraduate diploma in the field of education, or
  • An appropriate four-year degree, or equivalent, and at least two years of documented relevant professional experience.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership

  • Course code: GC-INSLEAD
  • 6 months part-time
  • 25 points of coursework, comprising 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects:
    • Evidence for Learning and Teaching
    • Leading Learning and Teaching.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership.

Master of Instructional Leadership

The Master of Instructional Leadership can be completed via either a coursework or research pathway.

Coursework pathway

  • Course code: MC-INSLEAD
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 7 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects (including the 25 point captstone component)
    • 1 x 12.5 point elective.

Research pathway

  • Course code: MC-INSLEAD
  • 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 4 x core 12.5 point subjects
    • 1 x 12.5 point research methodology subject
    • 1 x 37.5 point research project.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Instructional Leadership.

Outcomes

These courses will prepare you to:

  • formulate evidence-based approaches to transforming and improving teaching and learning
  • develop and manage your team
  • adopt innovative approaches to school management
  • communicate effectively with staff, students, parents, and the school community, including diverse groups.

Pathways

After completing the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership you may be eligible for 25 points of credit towards the Master course.

Graduates who complete the research intensive option in year 2 may be eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Education program or a PhD.

How to apply

Please note: mid-year entry into the Master of Instructional Leadership is only available to students already enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Instructional Leadership.

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake, 2018

Domestic

Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Round 3 closes: 31 January 2018

International*

Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2017

Domestic

Round 1 closes: 31 May 2017

Round 2 closes: 30 June 2017

International*

Round 1 closes: 28 February 2017

Round 2 closes: 12 June 2017

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.