Master of Educational Leadership

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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 Campuses on alternate semesters in flexible blended format
  • Comprises a mixture of classes and online support and activities. Each EDLD paper will have 3 full-day classes, plus 1 or 2 evening classes scheduled.

Programme code: AK1051
Level: 9
Points: 180
Duration: 1.5 years full-time / 4 years part-time
Venue: Flexible mode including North Campus and South Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

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.

Entry requirements

Completed one of the following:

  • Relevant bachelor's degree
  • Relevant graduate diploma
  • Relevant bachelor's degree with an average grade of B or in papers at level 7
  • Relevant graduate diploma with an average grade of B or in papers at level 7
  • Relevant professional qualification or professional experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

All applicants (domestic and international) must have at least three years of relevant professional experience, and are required to submit a current CV providing evidence of their professional experience (ie. dates, organisations' names, a paragraph describing specific responsibilities at each school/organisation, student year groups [if appropriate], and level of employment).

A CV is as important a part of the entry requirements to this qualification as evidence of your professional qualification(s).

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 (60 points)
EDLD950 Master of Educational Leadership Project (30 points)
EDLD960 Master of Educational Leadership Thesis (30 points)
EDUC819 Educational Research OR EDUC995 Educational Leadership Project (compulsory)

Students completing the Professional (paper-based) Pathway of the MEdL may also choose an additional paper from one of our other Master’s programmes. Please consult with your Programme Leader if you wish to do a paper from the Master of Education or Master of Education Practice tables.

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

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

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.44pm

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