With nine specialisation areas, the University of Melbourne’s Master of Education degree might have a generic name, but course coordinator Professor Shelley Gillis says the course is anything but standard. 

“…[it] offers contemporary professional relevance, deep intellectual challenge and rich student experience within each of the specialist areas,” Gillis explains.  

“The MEd subjects are designed and taught by internationally renowned educational researchers who are at the forefront of cutting-edge research in their discipline areas, producing products and tools that are being utilised by educational departments and organisations all over the world.”

Take, for example, those who opt to undertake the Literacy Education specialisation. 

“[They’ll] be taught by academic staff members who are currently working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training to produce a Literacy Teaching Toolkit, and these resources will figure in our literacy specialisation subjects in 2018 and beyond,” Gillis reports. 

Meanwhile students in the Leadership and Management/ Assessment and Pedagogy camps will work alongside the Victorian Education Department and the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership to develop a “capstone” assessment process for aspiring principals.

Upon graduation Gillis says students will have acquired a suite of knowledge and skills they can draw upon to really carve out a niche career in the sector. 

“Graduates will have advanced theoretical understanding and knowledge of current research, debates, policies and practices in their area of specialisation.

“And they will be critical thinkers, capable of applying this specialised knowledge, reason and research skills to address complex problems and issues within their workplaces.”

For those champing at the bit to look beyond the walls of their Australian classroom, Gillis notes that the option to study abroad is a viable one. Whether it be a stint at a partner university, an internship, or a school visit on foreign soil, the cross-cultural focus of the degree is there to “enrich” the whole learning experience. 

There’s another perk too, she adds. 

“Students can choose to graduate in one or two of these specialisations or alternatively, they may choose to study subjects across a range of specialisations and graduate with a generalist Master of Education degree.”

Gillis says the course attracts “high-calibre” students from all over the world and from all areas of education, which opens up a “diverse and rich experience of interacting and learning” for all involved.