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Master of Educational Leadership

Acquire vital leadership skills for diverse education roles with a Master’s in Educational Leadership. From change management to community engagement, Central Queensland University will empower you to become an effective leader.

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  • Level

    Masters Degree
  • Duration

    1 year full-time, 5 years part-time
  • Language

  • Total Tuition Fee


Master of Educational Leadership

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 1 year full-time, 5 years part-time

  • Total tuition fee


    Become a leader in the education sector with Central Queensland University

    If you’re looking to go from educator to leader, a master’s degree in educational leadership will help you excel in any high-level education management position, from headteacher to university dean.

    Whether working at a school or educational organisation, this degree from Central Queensland University focuses on developing leadership skills to successfully navigate complex education and learning environments.

    Gain a diverse skill set in educational leadership and management

    Connect your professional experiences with emerging educational leadership theory, research, and evidence-based practices.

    Dive further into more nuanced topics, including change management, community engagement and strategic leadership approaches, empowering you to feel confident to lead and inspire others in the field.

    To be eligible for the Master’s in Educational Leadership degree, applicants must hold a professional teaching qualification, a four-year degree, and professional experience in education, or:

    +A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent Bachelor's degree or higher equivalent qualification, with a minimum of three years relevant experience in an educational setting; or

    +A completed AQF equivalent Initial Teaching Education (ITE) course with evidence of three years registered teaching experience within Australia or equivalent; or

    +A completed CQUniversity Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership or equivalent qualification

    Relevant work experience includes employment in a teaching or educational setting.

    Additionally, this degree is taught in English. If English is not your first language, you’ll be required to show that you’ve completed the following in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or the United States of America:

    +A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent)

    +An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma-level qualification

    +Bachelor level qualification study for at least 2 years full time with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0

    If you can’t provide this information, you’ll need to complete an English language proficiency test and meet the following requirements for any of these approved language tests:

    +International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) with an overall band score of at least 6.0 overall

    +Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of 550 or more

    +Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) (overall score of 54) with an overall score of 55 and no sub-score less than 46

    +Occupational English Test with Grades A in all components.

    The Master’s in Educational Leadership aligns with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Professional Standards for Principals. It’s designed for teachers and educational leaders seeking to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge to improve pedagogy and make an impact on their students’ learning, and the teams they lead.

    This hyperflexible degree consists of six comprehensive learning units and one final capstone, which can be completed at a pace that works for you. After completing the first four units, you’ll be able to satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Educational Leadership.

    Upon completing the programme, you’ll have a variety of insights and skills that’ll help you navigate your next career move and excel in any educational leadership position you take on:

    +Discover foundational principles of education leadership: Understand what exactly leadership is to create initiatives that improve student learning and organisational well-being.

    +Understand effective change and conflict management tools: Learn how environmental factors can shape a school while gaining tools to manage your teams through change, innovation, and conflict.

    +Foster learning and community engagement: Promote a positive community throughout your school and organisation through clear, effective communication and building strategies.

    +Master educational research tactics and tools: Design and implement project proposals, research projects, and reviews, then learn how to accurately analyse complex information and data.

    +Apply neuroscience principles to educational leadership scenarios: Inspire and support others by incorporating neuroleadership into curriculum, pedagogy, and assessments.

    +Understand research best practices for educators: Utilise research strategies to execute impactful projects that improve the quality of education.

    However you choose to study, you’ll have dedicated academic support and access to Central Queensland University’s vast range of online learning resources.

    Master of Educational Leadership

  • Masters Degree (Postgraduate)

  • 1 year full-time, 5 years part-time

  • Total tuition fee


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    CQUniversity is Australia's leading regional university. Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.