The Master of Education (Languages Education) is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and is available on campus.

The Languages Education specialisation will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.

Admission requirements

Students are required to complete 72 units of study for the Master of Education (Languages Education).

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification.

Advanced Entry (1.5 years) applicants who have completed an approved degree or equivalent qualification in education, teaching or a closely related discipline may be eligible to complete a program of 54 units.

Applicants are normally required to have completed at least a minor sequence in any foreign language (including TESOL), consisting of four University level topics covering first and second/third year levels undertaken over a minimum of two years of study, or have had at least one year's teaching experience in any foreign language in a school or other approved institution.

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

This specialisation provides candidates with opportunities to critically examine recent literature, engage in debate and reflection, and develop and apply in-depth knowledge of:

  • theoretical and practical matters in languages education in such a way as to improve professional decision making
  • curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, policies and practices designed to improve language learning outcomes and well-being for students/clients
  • the variety of educational research methods and their application
  • traditions of thought and analysis used to discuss and illuminate matters of educational policy and practice
  • local and global social, cultural, political and economic perspectives and practices associated with the education of children, young people and adults in the field of languages education
  • methods for fostering interdisciplinary and intercultural partnerships and working collaboratively
  • procedures for analysis, synthesis and reporting of qualitative and quantitative data.

Learning outcomes 

It is expected that graduates from this specialisation will be able to:

  • evaluate current literature in the field of languages education with an informed, critical perspective
  • critically discuss and evaluate current theory and research related to languages education policies and practices
  • develop dispositions, cognitive skills, reflective awareness and creativity to facilitate the application of evidence-based knowledge, skills and capacities to language education practices
  • synthesise knowledge gained from reading, discussion, and writing to generate conceptual frameworks that are used to evaluate educational research, policies and practices related to languages education
  • invoke contemporary evidence-based knowledge when assuming leadership roles in educational contexts
  • advocate for and contribute to the generation of evidence-based educational policies and practices in the field of languages education
  • formulate research questions to investigate issues of interest and/or current concern in languages education
  • generate detailed proposals for educational research, including consideration of ethical research standards, methods and timelines
  • undertake a substantial independent research project relevant to languages education
  • communicate findings from analysis and synthesis of reading and personal research using high standards of academic literacy.


Credit may be granted, on application, for: prior study completed in a relevant Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.

Program of study