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Master of Educational Leadership


Faculty of Human Sciences
Master of Educational Leadership (MEdLead)
Admission Requirement:
Admission requirements vary depending on the specialisation chosen. Please refer to the relevant specialisation for details.
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 7.0 overall (with minimum 6.0 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening, 6.0 in Speaking) or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Part-time: 2 years - 3 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Off-Shore — Session 1 (February)
Off-Shore — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 1.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
Commonwealth Supported Places available for Early Childhood specialisation only. Please note the School Education specialisation is only available for part-time enrolment.

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Introduction to Educational Research (4)
Educational Institutions as Organisations (4)
Leadership for Learning (4)
Innovation and Change in Educational Organisations (4)
1 specialisation
Commonwealth Supported Places available for Early Childhood specialisation only. Please note the School Education specialisation is only available for part-time enrolment.




Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 083786G
Overview and Aims of the Program In Macquarie’s Educational Leadership program, educational leaders, or those who aspire to lead, begin by closely examining the nature of educational systems and organisations and the factors which shape the learning and teaching that occurs within them. Upon this foundation they develop specialist skills and knowledge, based on the most up to date research, theory, principles and practices of leadership, which can be applied to enhance the effectiveness of their own organisation.

Learning and teaching activities are structured such that students continually refine and enhance their developing knowledge and skills by applying them to authentic problems, tasks, and scenarios. A capstone unit provides students with the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired, and a research unit enables them to apply this to address a substantive educational issue of their choosing in a rigorous and scholarly way.

These critical thinking, knowledge management and communicative capacities can serve to not only enhance our Graduates' contribution to the agility of the educational institutions in which they work, but also to build the capacities of their professional communities and the foundation for lifelong learning about educational leadership.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability The Master of Educational Leadership caters to educators who are, or aspire to be, in leadership positions in early childhood or school settings and/or the advocacy, professional and regulatory bodies associated with them. The program enhances our Graduates' understandings of the body of research, theory and practice which underpins effective Educational Leadership in order to enhance their professional practice or to support them in preparing for or undertaking leadership roles.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148