Curriculum & Assessment

  • Flexible delivery including online, school holiday intensive and evening classes.
  • Affordable study with Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students.
  • Note for Visual Arts Educators: The curriculum and assessment specialisation offers opportunities for visual arts educators to engage in projects and content specifically related to visual arts. If you would like to know more about how you can best structure this program to suit your needs, please contact Dr Karen Maras (Send Email)


Examine the role of assessment and evaluation in teaching

Are you interested in studying educational assessment and evaluation at UNSW Australia?

You can choose from our two specialist postgraduate programs designed to develop your knowledge of the context, purpose and role of assessment and evaluation in education:

  • Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum & Assessment)
  • Master of Education (Curriculum & Assessment)

Address contemporary issues in education

Assessments and evaluation are an ever-increasing component of contemporary education. Our postgraduate courses are designed for qualified teachers and other educational professionals who want to explore, critique and contribute to the study of evaluation methods, testing and measurement in education.

You will consider current issues in relevant theory and practice through a range of courses covering:

  • assessment
  • measurement
  • testing
  • assessment for learning
  • educational program evaluation
  • educational policy
  • research methodologies

Domestic students may be eligible to pay or defer fees through FEE-HELP and Commonwealth Supported Places are available.


Flexible delivery

Our postgraduate courses are offered through a range of flexible delivery modes, including:

  • online and blended courses
  • intensive school holiday courses
  • workplace and self-directed learning
  • evening classes

For more information about the delivery mode for each course, visit the UNSW School of Education website.

Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum & Assessment)

Students studying the Graduate Certificate in Education (Curriculum & Assessment) will study 24 units of credits including four elective courses from the following options:

  • Educational Assessment and Measurement - Weekly face-to-face class
  • Investigating Issues in Curriculum and Assessment - Weekly face-to-face class
  • Evaluation of Educational Programs - Weekly face-to-face class
  • Assessment for Learning: From Theory to Practice - Online course

Master of Education (Curriculum & Assessment)

Students studying a master's degree in Education (Curriculum & Assessment) will complete 48 units of credit including the following:

  • Four courses from the same elective options as in the Graduate Certificate program
  • One elective research methodology course - Intensive course
  • One independent research project - Self-directed course
  • Two elective courses from the full range of Master of Education options

To see an example of a program of study, visit the UNSW School of Education website. 

Entry requirements

Students must meet the following selection requirements for entry to the Graduate Certificate of Education and the Master of Education:

  • A recognised Bachelor degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification (e.g. Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching).


  • A four year pre-service teacher education qualification, including professional experience, equivalent to the qualifications required for Graduate teacher status in NSW.

An applicant who submits evidence of other equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree.


Professional development and advancement

Our specialist programs in educational assessment and evaluation will enhance your career options and professional advancement within a broad range of educational institutions, including:

  • early childhood teaching
  • primary and secondary teaching
  • vocational and workplace teaching
  • tertiary teaching

Many of our graduates progress into specialist fields of education and teaching by developing and extending their understanding of a critical area of education.


Research pathways

Our assessment and evaluation postgraduate programs can be a gateway to higher research study.

If you are interested in pursuing a research career we encourage you to study research methodology and undertake a research project during your postgraduate course.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information:

If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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Education (Curriculum & Assessment)
GradCert - 24 Master - 48
Combination of intensive, online & face-to-face (on campus)