Master of Educational Leadership

The AUT Master of Educational Leadership will expand and enhance the knowledge and professional practice of experienced educators and leaders. It will equip students with the skills to critically contribute to the development and research of professional educational practice through enhancing their leadership capabilities.
  • Covers a range of educational leadership issues in the early childhood, compulsory and tertiary educational sectors, while allowing you to contextualise your specific areas of interest
  • An inclusive approach to issues of cultural diversity
  • Offered at the South and North Shore campuses
  • Flexible blended format which comprises a mixture of whole day classes and online support and activities. Some papers also include a small number of evening classes.

Programme code: AK1051
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 1.5 years full-time / 4 years part-time
Venue: Flexible mode including North Shore Campus and South Campus
Start date: 2 March 2015 / 20 July 2015

Entry requirements

Completed one of the following:

  • Relevant bachelor's degree
  • Relevant graduate diploma
  • Relevant professional qualification or professional experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

An applicant must have completed the entry requirement with a minimum of a B grade average or higher in papers at level 7 or equivalent. All applicants must have at least three years of relevant professional experience.

Structure and content

The Master of Educational Leadership has a strong focus on in-depth applied professional learning with a research-based pathway and a paper-based pathway. In the research pathway you have the opportunity to investigate in-depth an issue, innovation or problem of your choice.


EDLD901  Conceptualisations of Educational Leadership [compulsory]
EDLD802  Leading in Diverse Cultures and Communities
EDLD803  Reflecting on Professional Practice as an Educational Leader
EDLD804  Organisational Culture and Educational Leadership
EDLD902  Master of Educational Leadership Project (30 points)
EDLD950  Master of Educational Leadership Thesis (90 points)
EDLD960  Master of Educational Leadership Dissertation (60 points)
EDUC801  Learning in a Digital Age
EDUC825  Educational Futures - Part 2: The Practice
EDUC824  Educational Futures — Part 1: The Theory
EDUC819  Educational Research

If you prefer a 'taster' of study in educational leadership, you should consider the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have enhanced leadership capabilities, thereby having a greater opportunity to undertake or continue leadership roles in:

  • Educational organisations
  • Early childhood sector
  • Compulsory sector
  • Tertiary sector
  • Government or corporate settings.

Note: this qualification does not provide eligibility for provisional teacher registration.


Christine Arthur.

Christine Arthur
Although it takes discipline, a Master of Educational Leadership is more than worth it to Christine Arthur.

Christine is the Deputy Principal at Diocesan School for Girls and chose to study at AUT after hearing about the excellent programme AUT runs for student leaders. Being on site and meeting staff made the decision to study at AUT an easy one as well. Read more of Christine's story >>

Last updated: 01-Apr-2015 8.58am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.