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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMEd
CRICOS code065565C
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton, Singapore)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/2500
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 2888 or email claytoncourseinfo@monash.edu or peninsulacourseinfo@monash.edu or gippslandcourseinfo@education.monash.edu.au.

Course coordinator

http://education.monash.edu.au/courses/advisors.html#course2500

Description

This course is designed to meet the needs of educators, educational administrators, managers, policy makers and others interested or involved in learning and education or working in the wider educational community, who wish to pursue studies at postgraduate level. Students choose from a broad range of units and have the option of completing a designated specialisation pathway. Students may also undertake a research thesis or professional project as part of the course.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will have:

  • extended their knowledge, understandings and skills in educational research and practice
  • explored both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning, whether in early childhood settings, schools, workplaces or other settings
  • investigated and examined the nature of professional learning and develop deeper understandings of evidence-based practice
  • explored the relationship between research and practice
  • developed critical and analytical skills in discussing relevant and substantive research
  • acquired knowledge about a range of research methodologies.

Structure

This course comprises one of the following three options:

  • Option 1: six units
  • Option 2: five units plus a professional project (8000 words)
  • Option 3: four units plus a minor research thesis (16,000 words).

Students who are interested in pursuing doctoral studies must select option 3, ie the minor thesis.

Requirements

An appropriate research core unit must be selected from the faculty suite of research methodology units. Elective units may be chosen to form a designated specialisation.

Option 1

  • 12-point research core unit
  • five elective units (60 points)

Option 2

  • 12-point research core unit
  • four elective units (totalling 48 points)
  • EDF6010 Professional project (A) or EDF6020 Professional project (B) (8000 words) (12 points)

Option 3

  • 12-point research core unit
  • three elective units (36 points)
  • EDF6031 Masters thesis part 1, and EDF6032 Masters thesis part 2 (16,000 words) (24 points)

Elective units

Students can choose any 12-point units from the entire range of units offered within the education postgraduate coursework studies programs.

Note that electives usually do not need the course adviser's approval, unless there are exceptional circumstances (ie if the student wishes to enrol in a unit from another faculty). Students wishing to graduate with a specialisation noted on their testamur should enrol in the units listed for each specialisation below.

Research methodology units

  • EDF6005 Reading, interpreting and communicating research (12 points)
  • EDF6006 Introduction to quantitative research methods (12 points)
  • EDF6007 Qualitative approaches to research (12 points)
  • EDF6008 Working with theory in research (12 points)
  • EDF6009 Special topic in research (12 points)
  • EDF6012 Specific focus in research A (6 points) and
  • EDF6013 Specific focus in research B (6 points)

Research thesis

The research core unit ('research methodology unit') is a corequisite for the research thesis. It may be taken concurrently with the research thesis or completed prior to its commencement.

Specialisation pathways

Students may choose to enrol in a series of units which make up a designated specialisation.* The units making up each specialisation are shown below. Some additional elective units may also be required, depending on the pathway chosen. Where students undertake a series of units that meet the requirements of an approved specialisation pathway, this specialisation will be shown on their testamur. Students may only complete one specialisation pathway.

* Note: Students undertaking this course via Singapore can only do the 'Early childhood' or 'Leadership, policy and change' specialisations as set out below.

Specialisation units

Bilingual/immersion education

(Available only on a cohort basis)

  • EDF6201 Theory and principles of bilingual/immersion education
  • EDF6202 Establishing, maintaining and evaluating an immersion program
  • EDF6203 The classroom and the bilingual/ immersion teacher*
  • EDF6228 Content-based teaching in languages

* Only required for students completing option 1

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Margaret Gearon

Early childhood (Clayton)

Select at least two of:

  • EDF6641 The social and political contexts of early childhood
  • EDF6642 Contexts for childhood
  • EDF6643 Values in early childhood education

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Joseph Agbenyega

Early childhood (Singapore)

Students must complete the following six core units:

  • EDF6009 Special topic in research
  • EDF6010 Professional project (A), or EDF6020 Professional project (B)
  • EDF6641 Social and political contexts of early childhood
  • EDF6642 Contexts for childhood
  • EDF6643 Values in early childhood
  • EDF6822 Leadership and organisation, or EDF6601 Studies in special education - inclusion

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Joseph Agbenyega

Gifted education

Select at least two of:

  • EDF6607 Gifted education: Identification and programming
  • EDF6610 The psychology of the gifted child
  • EDF6613 Advanced studies in gifted education

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Leonie Kronborg

Inclusive and special education

  • EDF6601 Studies in special education/ inclusion
  • EDF6602 Evidence-informed inclusive and special education practice 1
  • EDF6614 Inclusive and special education practice 2**

** Not compulsory for non-teachers

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Joanne Deppeler

Information and communication technology in education

  • EDF6441 Issues in educational multimedia

Select two of:

  • EDF6442 The impact of computer technology on education and society
  • EDF6444 Evaluation and development of educational software
  • EDF6447 Explorations in flexible learning and instructional design

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Michael Henderson

International education

  • EDF6701 Globalisation and education
  • EDF6702 Internationalising the curriculum
  • EDF6703 International education markets

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Cynthia Joseph

Leadership, policy and change (Clayton)

  • EDF6821 Power, authority and decision-making
  • EDF6822 Leadership and organisation
  • EDF6823 Management and change
  • EDF6828 Resource management

Students undertaking option 3 select only three of the above.

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Nicholas Allix

Leadership, policy and change (Singapore)

Students must complete the following six core units:

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Nicholas Allix

Literacy studies

Select one of

  • EDF6115 Communication practices and the use of new media
  • EDF6308 School and community literacy practices

In addition EDF6236 (Language, society and cultural difference) is recommended but not compulsory.

Course/Pathway Adviser: Mr Graham Parr

Mathematics and science education

  • EDF6401 Research on teaching and learning science and mathematics
  • EDF6402 Research on science and mathematics curriculum

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Debbie Corrigan

Music education

Select at least two of:

  • EDF6322 Teaching music: Policy and practice
  • EDF6323 Learning music: Current research issues
  • EDF6324 European perspectives on music education

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Jane Southcott

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - International/TESOL - International

  • EDF6233 Theory and practice of TESOL
  • EDF6236 Language, society and cultural difference

plus one of:

  • EDF6201 Theory and principles of bilingual/immersion education
  • EDF6210 Language testing and assessment
  • EDF6228 Content-based teaching in languages
  • EDF6234 Curriculum design and evaluation in languages education

plus:

  • EDF6232 Professional practice for teachers of English as a foreign language*, or any 12-point unit selected from the units offered within the education postgraduate coursework studies programs.

* Students with less than three years of approved relevant teaching experience must complete this unit.

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Jill Brown

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/TESOL

  • EDF6233 Theory and practice of TESOL
  • EDF6236 Language, society and cultural difference
  • EDF6238 Advanced practicum in language teaching: TESOL

Students undertaking options 1 or 2 should also select one of:

  • EDF6201 Theory and principles of bilingual/immersion education
  • EDF6210 Language testing and assessment
  • EDF6228 Content-based teaching in languages
  • EDF6234 Curriculum design and evaluation in languages education

Course/Pathway Adviser: Dr Jill Brown

Teaching Languages other than English/LOTE

(Available only on a cohort basis)

  • EDF6223 LOTE methodology
  • EDF6224 Advanced practicum in language teaching: LOTE *
  • EDF6234 Curriculum design and evaluation in languages education

*This unit is mandatory for those teachers wishing to be fully qualified for employment with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Victoria, who have not already qualified to teach LOTE. Qualified LOTE teachers only may choose another masters unit relevant to their course as approved by the course adviser.

Course/Pathway Adviser: Ms Maria Gindidis

Work and learning studies

  • EDF6801 Learning at work in the knowledge economy
  • EDF6802 Adult education and training: Theories and practices
  • EDF6810 Navigating education and work: Global perspectives, local practices

Course/Pathway Adviser: Mr Damon Anderson

Award(s)

Master of Education

Master of Education specialising in Bilingual / Immersion Education

Master of Education specialising in Early Childhood Education

Master of Education specialising in Gifted Education

Master of Education specialising in Inclusive and Special Education

Master of Education specialising in Information and Communication Technology in Education

Master of Education specialising in International Education

Master of Education specialising in Leadership, Policy and Change

Master of Education specialising in Literacy Studies

Master of Education specialising in Mathematics and Science Education

Master of Education specialising in Music Education

Master of Education specialising in TESOL

Master of Education specialising in TESOL - International

Master of Education specialising in Teaching Languages other than English (LOTE)

Master of Education specialising in Work and Learning Studies

Where more than one award is listed the actual award conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.