Demand for education and learning and development professionals in Australia is expected to grow 13.4% by 2026'. Leading learning and innovation is becoming critical to meeting contemporary and emerging issues in diverse workplaces.
The UTS Online Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) is designed for professionals who are looking to lead and support learning innovation in their practice or organisation, whether in corporate, health, public sector, school, higher education or community settings. Students develop a robust and flexible toolkit of research-informed skills and knowledge to enhance and innovate learning practice.
Delivered 100% online, this course enables you to work full-time while developing the knowledge and skills to lead innovative learning within your professional setting. Customise your learning and assessments to meet specific professional aspirations and upskilling needs, and immediately apply learnings for career advancement.
1Jobs and Skills Australia's Labour Market Insights, 2023 *Study plans and completion times might vary depending on commencement date, elective choice, leave and subject availability. **Fees are correct for 2024 and are revised annually.
Why study the Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) with UTS Online
#2 in Australia for Education1
Ranked top 10 in Australia for graduate employability2
Top 100 University Globally3
World’s 11th highest performing university under 503
1Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2022 2QS World University Rankings, 2022 3QS Rankings, 2024
Who should study this course?
The Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) is designed for professionals who want to progress their career and develop adaptable skills to lead innovative learning within their professional setting.
Students of this course may have an education or teaching background, working in roles such as:
Learning and development professional
Higher Education professional
See Entry requirements under course information for more eligibility information.
The Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) comprises 12 online subjects (72 credit points in total) - nine core subjects and three electives.
Applicants with teacher education qualifications may be eligible to gain credit for four subjects (24 credit points). Refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning section for further information.
Learning and its Trajectories
Designing Innovative Learning
Learning in the Digital Age
Professional Learning and Practice
Leading Innovative Practices
Evaluating Learning and Innovation
Investigating Learning and Innovation Project
Strategic Learning in Workplaces
Mentoring in the Workplace
Data Ethics and Regulation
Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care
Upcoming study periods
UTS Online courses have six intakes per year. The diagram below shows all upcoming
intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) - with 24 credit points of RPL
Applicants may be granted RPL for up to 24 credit points (four subjects) if they hold:
a bachelor's degree and a postgraduate teacher education qualification including professional experience; or
a four-year pre-service teacher education qualification including professional experience.
The teacher education qualifications must be accredited by Australian teacher education regulatory authorities. In NSW, NESA is the regulatory authority and relevant degrees are listed at NESA. In other states and territories, similar authorities provide lists of accredited four-year degrees or postgraduate teaching qualifications.
Recognition of prior learning for these applicants is granted for all of the following:
12 credit points (two subjects) of electives
014222 Designing Innovative Learning
014226 Leading Innovative Practices
Other potential RPL
Applicants may be eligible for 12 credit points (two elective subjects) of RPL if they:
hold an adult education degree (e.g. TAFE/VET teachers, VET managers, learning and development professionals, health educators); and
hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of adult education; and
demonstrate four years of full-time relevant work experience.
Other RPL is assessed on a case-by-case basis and in line with the UTS Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.
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English Language Requirement
All applicants are required to meet the University’s English language requirements:
Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, Internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.
In addition to any documents required to meet the English language requirements mentioned above, applicants will need to provide their CV and evidence of related work experience, which can include a statement of service, business registration letter, letter from an accountant, or statutory declaration.
To gain entry into the Master of Education (Learning and Leadership), applicants must have completed a UTS-recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.
For applicants with an academic qualification, the qualification must be in any ASCED Field of Education group (01 to 10) and the applicants must have a minimum of two years' related professional work experience in the following ANZSCO groups - 01 Managers, 02 Professional, 03 Technicians and Trades Workers, 04 Community and Personal Service Workers, 05 Clerical and Administrative Workers, and 06 Sales Workers.
Related work experience is assessed according to the response provided by applicants in the employment question on their application and CV.
Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may still be considered for admission via the assessment of a CV and personal statement which outlines the applicant's interest in, and understanding of, the course.
Eligibility for admission does not guarantee an offer of a place.
To assist with all or some of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their tuition fees.
To check your eligibility, feel free to speak with an Enrolment Advisor today.
Upon successful completion of the Master of Education (Learning and Leadership), graduates will have a variety of job roles available to them. You will be well equipped to lead innovative learning across diverse environments in the context of rapidly evolving digital technologies and work practices.
The types of roles may include:
Corporate Learning and Development
School Leadership/Learning and Development
Adult Community Educator
Leading learning in the NGO, Government or Corporate sectors
Nursing/Allied Health Educator
Professional Association Learning Practitioner
Higher Education Professional Officer and Educator
Talent Development Leader
Unsure about your situation?
One of our Student Enrolment Advisors can assist you with more information, including alternative pathways.
“The Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) continues to set new benchmarks for innovative and responsive learning. Key to this unique course is the ability for students to customise their learning and assessments to their professional context. We have seen students build their capability through their studies with us, many advancing to the next step in their career.
Our students value connecting with world-class researchers, cutting-edge ideas, and current and future education leaders. They don’t just leave with a qualification but with real-world applications and extended professional networks. I’m incredibly proud of the Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) and what our students have achieved as part of it”
Associate Professor Ann Reich
Director, Master of Education (Learning and Leadership)
Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning and Leadership) (Online)
Is it essential to have a background in education for this course?
This course is for professionals in diverse contexts whose roles involve supporting others’ learning or leading change at work. This might be in education, health, corporate, non-government, public sector, community or other settings. In general, applicants need two years of related work experience in a broad range of categories (see entry requirements) in addition to an academic qualification. If you do not have an academic qualification, you may wish to consider the Graduate Certificate in Education (Learning and Leadership).
Can I receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?
Applicants may be eligible for RPL for up to 24 credit points (four subjects). You will need to complete a UTS RPL application to see if you’re eligible. For more information, please download a course guide or speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.
Is this course a teaching qualification?
Our online Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) is not a teaching qualification and will not lead to registration as a teacher. This course is for professionals in diverse contexts whose roles involve supporting others’ learning or leading change at work. This might be in education, health, corporate, non-government, public sector, community or other settings.
Do I have the option to take study periods off during my studies?
Yes. Once you complete at least one study period, you can apply for Leave of Absence (LOA) via the My Student Admin Portal.
Why is there a health elective?
A health elective is offered to cater for students who work in a clinical environment and are looking to transition into leadership roles such as a Nurse Educator or Nurse Facilitator.
What is the difference between a Master of Education, Master of Teaching and the Master of Education (Learning and Leadership)?
A Master of Education can be a coursework or research-based master's degree, often with specialisations such as TESOL, Special Education and Digital Technology.
A Master of Teaching is for pre-service teachers who are eligible for admission to the master's and have an interest in becoming a primary, secondary or early childhood teacher for the first time.
Our Master of Education (Learning and Leadership) course is for both existing teachers within the school system who want to develop skills in leadership and innovative styles of learning, and for professionals from other industries who have an interest in education and training in their area of expertise.
Is there any practical work and opportunity to collaborate with other students?
With the online Master of Education (Learning and Leadership), you are not required to complete a placement. While there are no group assignments, collaboration in online forums is encouraged.
You can tailor your learning outcomes and assessment and learning tasks to your individual workplace requirements and career goals, and graduate with a curated e-portfolio that showcases your accomplishments.
Does this course offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs)?
Unfortunately, this course has no Commonwealth supported funding and is domestic fee-paying only. However, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP to assist with the cost of our online courses.
Have you completed the following in the last 10 years?
An Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited Level 1 program in psychology (or equivalent) with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 out of 7.
Please note: Psychology qualifications from overseas must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as equivalent to an APAC accredited Level 1 program in Psychology. This assessment must be included in the application.
If you haven't fulfilled the requirements, you might want to explore our 100% online Graduate Diploma in Psychology program as an alternative.