Science Education specialisation

Master of Education

Explore the current and future challenges facing science education, and learn innovative approaches to teaching and communicating science that lift engagement and performance.

You’ll explore how science is currently taught and how it is increasingly connected to learning that takes place outside the school environment. This includes informal settings, through digital technologies and other disciplines such as engineering and environmental sciences. You’ll gain an understanding of how these developments require fundamental reconsideration of the goals of science education, its curricula and approaches to pedagogy and assessment.

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.


Whether you are a science teacher or communicator, this specialisation will help you to connect the latest research with your practice, enriching your work, strengthening your impact, and broadening your career options.


The Science Education specialisation will develop your ability to critically analyse educational theories, policies and practices that are relevant to contemporary science education.

In particular, you will learn to enhance the experience of students in science:

  • In informal settings
  • Through the use of digital technology
  • By connecting science with other disciplines.

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

Knowledge, Learning and Culture

Critical Thinking and Curriculum

Semester 2

Resilience and Relationships

The Student as Learner

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

Teaching for Student Engagement

Year 2

Semester 1

Interdisciplinary Science Education

Informal Science Communication

Mathematics: Improving Learning

Curriculum Leadership and Management

Semester 2

Envrionemntal Education

Science Communication and Technology

Research Methods in Education

Education Capstone Research Project

  • Core subject
  • Elective
  • Specialisation core