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New specialisations added to CSU’s popular Master of Education

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has updated their hugely successful and internationally recognised Master of Education with three new specialisations as part of a recent review of postgraduate education courses.

The Master of Education is designed for education professionals looking to take the next step in their careers. Delivered online for flexibility, the course allows professionals to build advanced knowledge and skills and become leaders in their field.

As part of CSU’s review to ensure their postgraduate education courses remain in line with industry demand and best practice, three new specialisations were added to enable education professionals to take their learning further and become leaders in professional education. The new specialisations chosen are indicative of CSU’s commitment to ensuring today’s education professionals can gain industry-leading knowledge, advance their skills and achieve their master’s degree – all while continuing to work.


  • Curriculum and Professional Practice. This specialisation was designed to develop skills in professional learning and practice, as well as curricular collaboration. Students will also become an expert in key curricular areas.


  • Early Childhood Leadership. This specialisation was created to develop professional skills in critical evaluation across the field of early childhood leadership, as well as advance strategies to lead change and learning practices in early childhood contexts.


  • Digital Technology. This specialisation offers a wide range of study options to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to apply, lead and design digital technologies within educational settings, as well as advancing your skills in social networking and game-based learning.


In addition to the three new specialisations, students can also choose Adult and Vocational Education, Contemporary Literacies, Educational Leadership, general education (choose your own pathway) or Educational Research as their desired specialisation.

Dr Brendon Hyndman, a senior lecturer and course director in the CSU Faculty of Arts and Education, said the updates are exciting for those in the education profession.

“In addition to providing flexible online study opportunities for busy education professionals, these recent course reviews ensure there are even more study pathways available to meet their professional needs,” Dr Hyndman said.

“The context of early childhood education continues to change and is becoming increasingly multifaceted. The sector requires early childhood teachers to access new opportunities to build upon their professional knowledge base with ongoing learning and development.”

CSU has a long history of providing leading postgraduate education opportunities as a key admissions pathway for those who have completed their undergraduate teaching studies.

“The postgraduate courses are not only set up as a pathway for graduates from Charles Sturt University’s teaching, early childhood and vocational education courses,” Dr Hyndman said. “These courses are attracting students from all parts of the world.”

Course reviews are conducted at CSU every five years and involve widespread consultation with professionals from across the education sector. Dr Hyndman acknowledges the process is vital to ensure the courses remain contemporary and relevant while continuing to meet the emerging needs of education professionals.

“When considering the different pathways available within the suite of postgraduate education courses, there are almost 30 different ‘specialised’ options that education professionals can gain advanced qualifications in,” Dr Hyndman said. “These include a range of graduate certificate qualification options that students can specialise in that are just half a master’s degree.”

Other study areas for education professionals include teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), inclusive education and international school leadership.

Designed for qualified education professionals wishing to take their learning and skills further, CSU’s postgraduate courses are offered online by the School of Education and School of Teacher Education. These courses also provide opportunities to develop leadership and practitioner research capabilities.

Places for CSU’s Master of Education in 2019 are still available. For more information visit csu.edu.au/courses/master-education

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