Master of Educational Leadership

The UNSW Master of Educational Leadership degree provides aspiring and current educational leaders with an understanding of theory, research and practice in educational leadership. We help develop your ability to apply disciplinary principles and practices to complex educational environments in roles as school leaders and principals.  

Studying Educational Leadership at UNSW deeply expands your knowledge of the latest theory and research to inform educational leadership practice. Our academics equip you with a diverse set of practical and analytical skills that can be applied to a broad range of professional leadership contexts. 

Build on Your Experience  

The degree involves a wide range of electives, allowing you to tailor your coursework to suit your individual interests whether they be within primary schools, secondary schools, universities, TAFE or early childhood learning. Educational Leadership electives include the following:  

  • Coaching and Mentoring in Educational Leadership 
  • Teacher Learning 
  • Instructional Leadership 
  • Leading Educational Change 
  • Teacher Leadership 

As a part of this degree, you’ll undertake a self-directed capstone research project - supported by a supervising academic - to build on interests developed in your specialist area of education. This project will allow you to consolidate and apply the knowledge and skills throughout your degree. Through this project, you’ll address an issue within a previous or current vocational context. You’ll develop real-world experience that’s relevant to your continued education and professional career.  

UNSW Master of Educational Leadership can be undertaken through a range of flexible delivery modes, including online and blended courses, intensive school holiday courses, self-directed learning and evening classes. We also offer Commonwealth Supported Places to domestic students. 

Your Career 

Graduates of the UNSW Master of Educational Leadership have gained positions as principals, deputy principals, head teachers and education authorities in government departments. 

The excellence of research produced by UNSW is widely recognised among our peers in Australia and beyond. In the field of education specifically, our research is benchmarked with the highest global rating of 5 by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), the highest possible rating and well-above world standards. The NSW Institute of Teachers also endorses all subjects and degrees taught by UNSW's School of Education. 

What Our Academics Say

“UNSW is a bright, exciting and vibrant location that does provide students the opportunity to engage with researchers and academics that [are] at the cutting edge of pushing their fields and working in different sorts of ways.”

- Dr Gregory Vass, Lecturer at UNSW School of Education

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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