Educational Leadership

  • Flexible delivery including online, school holiday intensive and evening classes.
  • Affordable study with Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students.


Teaching our educational leaders

Our postgraduate programs in educational leadership are designed for aspiring and current educational leaders. We offer two specialist programs providing professional development in educational leadership theory, research, policy and practice:

  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Educational Leadership

Teacher development

When you study educational leadership at UNSW, you will hone your knowledge of the latest theory and research that informs educational leadership practice. Our leadership courses for teachers will instil principles that you can apply to your own professional leadership context.

Students are encouraged to share their own research and experience in order to better understand and develop their leadership roles.

A wide range of electives are on offer, allowing you to tailor the program to suit your individual educational leadership interests and aspirations. Based in the Office of Educational Leadership in the School of Education, our programs are taught by academics and senior educational professionals who are authorities in the field.

These programs are endorsed by the NSW Institute of Teachers.

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 Educational Leadership

Students studying a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership will complete 24 units of credit including the following:

  • One compulsory course:
    • Leadership Theory, Research and Practice - Weekly face-to-face class or intensive course
  • Three elective courses from the full range of postgraduate Educational Leadership options.

Master of Educational Leadership

Students studying the Master of Educational Leadership will complete 48 units of credit including the following:

  • Two compulsory courses:
    • Leadership Theory, Research and Practice - Weekly face-to-face class or intensive course
    • Organisation Theory in Education - Intensive course
  • Two elective courses from options within the Educational Leadership plan.
  • One research methodology course from the following list OR Literature Review in Education
    • Ethnographic Methodology - Intensive course
    • Experimental Research Design - Intensive course
    • Survey Research - Intensive course
    • Qualitative Research - Intensive course
    • Classroom-based Research - Summer intensive course
    • Researching Education - Intensive course
  • A research project - Self-directed course

  • Two elective courses from any 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 Educational Leadership and the Master of Educational Leadership:

  • 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.

In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of other equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol in the degree


Graduates of our educational leadership programs are equipped to lead education in schools from all sectors including:

  • school systems (K-12)
  • universities
  • early childhood institutions
  • TAFE
  • other educational and training organisations

Our recent graduates have gained positions as principals, deputy principals, head teachers and education authorities in government departments.



Our postgraduate courses in Educational Leadership offer students the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and action based research courses.

Research pathways

This program can also 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 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.

Find out more about Educational Leadership at UNSW
Find out more about Educational Leadership at UNSW Visit our discipline hub

Learn about our research, staff and events.

Apply nowBrowse scholarshipsEnquire now
Domestic International
GradCert - 7960 Master - 8960
GradCert - 0.5 FT Master - 1 FT
Summer, Term 1, Term 3
GradCert - 24 Master - 48
T1: 30 Nov, T3: 31 Jul - Late applications will be considered
Combination of intensive, online & face-to-face (on campus)