Master of Education (Leadership)
To complete the MEd (Leadership), students need to acquire 72 credit points. Each unit of study is typically worth 9 credit points (exceptions for Major and Minor Thesis units). There are 3 possible Course Progression Streams. Ideally, a student will begin with the core units and either finish with the capstone unit or a research thesis depending on their Course Progression Stream.
9 credit points are awarded for each unit completed.
EDL501 Worldview Assumptions in Education
This unit enables students to appreciate the philosophically committed nature of all education by exploring the role that worldviews play in human life, thereby enabling them to critique worldviews in contemporary educational practice and, in their own school communities, to engage in educational decision making and curriculum development that is faithful to a Christian understanding of the world and our/their place and tasks in it.
EDL560 Leadership in an Educational Community Shaped by a Biblical Vision
School leaders are a vital link in the translation of a school community’s vision into the daily life of the classroom. Students explore the issues of school culture and community. It encourages school leaders to evaluate their own leadership practice in light of a biblical worldview.
EDL563 Leadership: Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges
This unit will examine some of the key points of leadership including the five practices of exemplary leadership according to Kouzes and Posner (2012). In addition, it will consider leadership as a relationship and what people look for and want from their leaders. It will investigate biblical leadership and the implications leadership practice has on organisational structure and processes and reconstruct these to reflect the core values of leadership as service.
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Students will develop competence in the planning and implementation of systematic strategies of school-based professional development and teacher appraisal. The unit explores quality teaching practice and teacher appraisal based on Christian worldview perspectives.
This unit investigates and applies therories associated with andragogy and its implications for adult learning. Knowles' andragogical model will be reviewed with a range of alternative therories and models of adult learning. This unit provides educational leaders within Christian schooling an opportunity to apply principles associated with adult learning from within a biblical worldview.
Educational practice is more than the application of techniques to achieve particular outcomes. It takes place in the context of understandings about meaning and purpose in human life. Different answers to basic questions will lead to different practices. This unit helps students to explore basic perspectives on education and to consider how a Christian perspective might generate distinctive practice.
This unit is designed to help students investigate and evaluate current understandings of community in the school setting and explore the application of a Christian worldview perspective to interactions between key community stakeholders in the relationship-rich school environment.
Where have Christian schools come from? Students are introduced to the roots of Australian Christianity and educational development and will come to appreciate the important themes and distinctives within Christian schools. By knowing from where we have come, we may be better equipped to reflect upon and evaluate our present schooling programs and practices.
Students will critically evaluate and review 3 professional development activities that they have participated in. Evaluation will be made in light of educational practice and the contribution that the training makes towards Christian education.
This unit is an introduction to research methodology. Students will develop a basic understanding of educational research principles and methods so that they may be more effective in responsibly interpreting and conducting their own research. It is a prerequisite to engaging in a minor or major thesis through the Research Strand.
Using methodology explored in ED591 Research Methods in Education, students undertake research into a leadership issue resulting in a short thesis of 10-12,000 words.
Using methodology explored in ED591 Research Methods in Education, students undertake research in a leadership issue resulting in a short thesis of 18-20,000 words.
This unit enables students to effectively diagnose an educational leadership problem or analyse an educational leadership issue and apply Biblical principles to the problem and potential solution. In addition, they will carry out a literature review related to the problem or issue while researching a solution. Further they will then construct and implement appropriate intervention plans to solve the problem or issue and reflect on the outcome.