Leadership and Management specialisation

Master of Education

Foster your understanding of leadership and management theories and practice across the education sectors and systems.

Designed for those seeking specialist qualifications for advancement into middle and senior positions, the Leadership and Management specialisation integrates practical knowledge, conceptual frameworks and state-of-the-art research with a global perspective.

Please note: this specialisation is available within the Master of Education, and is not a separate course. The regular Master of Education CRICOS code applies.


This specialisation is structured to meet the needs of educators working in a range of government and non-government settings, including:

  • Early childhood education and care
  • Schools
  • Vocational education and training (VET) institutions
  • Tertiary education
  • Workplace training contexts.


Upon successful completion you will be equipped with:

  • A better understanding of current issues and challenges in education leadership and management, including curriculum reform
  • A national and global perspective on education leadership and management
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas, concepts and models related to leadership and management issues in educational settings.

Sample course plan (full-time)

Students with 100 points of advanced standing enter in year two.

Year 1

Semester 1

Understanding Education in Context

Local Literacies in Global Contexts

Education Policy and Reform

Globalisation and Education Policy

Semester 2

Resilience and Relationships

The Student as Learner

Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Skills

Leading a Learning Community

Year 2

Semester 1

Managing Educational Organisation

Leading the Educational Organisation

Curriculum Leadership and Management

Marketing and Innovation in Education

Semester 2

Leading for Teacher Quality

School Effectiveness and Improvement

Research Methods in Education

Education Capstone Research Project

  • Core subject
  • Elective
  • Specialisation core