Teacher Leadership

This specialisation will not be offered in 2019.

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


The Master of Education (Teacher Leadership) is a specialist program with a focus on mentoring, coaching and supervision in professional experience and leadership.

Understanding the role of coaching and mentoring

This postgraduate program addresses the increasing demands to explore, critique and contribute to the study of mentoring and teacher leadership. The program provides an opportunity to explore the context, purpose, and role of coaching and mentoring.

You will examine contemporary issues in relevant theory and practice through a range of courses covering:

  • teacher learning
  • Australian professional standards for teachers
  • assessment and supervision of teachers including classroom observation
  • performance appraisal and evaluation
  • professional practice
  • mentoring
  • relevant policy
  • suitable research methodologies

A Graduate Certificate in Education (Teacher Leadership) is also available.

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 (Teacher Leadership)

Students studying the Graduate Certificate in Education (Teacher Leadership) will study 24 units of credit including four elective courses from the following options:

  • Teacher Coaching and Mentoring - Intensive course
  • Mentoring Practicum - Self-directed course
  • Supervision and Assessment* - Online course
  • Teacher Learning - Weekly face-to-face class

Master of Education (Teacher Leadership)

Students studying a Masters degree in Education (Teacher Leadership) will complete 48 units of credit including the following:

  • Four core courses from the following options within the Teacher Leading specialisation:
    • Coaching and Mentoring
    • Mentoring Practicum
    • Teacher Evaluation and Improvement
    • Teacher Learning
    • Learning: Research and Practice
    • Teacher Leadership Leading Educational Change
  • One research methodology course - Intensive course
  • One independent project - Self-directed course
  • Two electives courses from the full range of Master of Education options

*These courses are subject to approval

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.


Our specialist programs in teacher leadership 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 teacher leadership postgraduate program 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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