Master of Educational Leadership

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Teacher | Assistant Principal | Principal | School Administrator |

Course Rundown

The Master of Educational Leadership program at the Australian Catholic University encourages aspiring leaders to explore educational leadership, management and administration (ELMA) within the context of Australian national standards and faith-based organisations.

It provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their leadership capacity and improve capabilities by applying the latest research, knowledge and skills from an informed and empowered position underpinned by ethical and moral principles.

The program is designed for effective leaders who can practically adapt their research to the circumstances of their career and its professional setting. Students can choose to specialise in Catholic education leadership, leading learning, Indigenous leadership or executive leadership.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Education; OR
  • Bachelor degree in an area other than Education and a recognised teaching qualification; OR
  • Bachelor degree in an area other than Education and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies or equivalent

What You’ll Learn

In this leadership course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Foundations of Educational Leadership
  • Leading Self, Leading Communities
  • Evidence in Contemporary Education
  • Methods of Educational Research
  • Overview of Educational Research
  • Capstone Research Project
  • Capstone Applied Project
  • Leading Educational Change
  • Leading Spirituality
  • Leadership in Catholic Schools
  • Faith Leadership
  • Governance in Catholic Educational Settings
  • Leadership in Catholic Schools
  • Leading Spirituality
  • Faith Leadership
  • Governance in Catholic Educational Settings
  • Catholic Education: Mission, Culture and Spirituality
  • Leading Teaching and Learning
  • Leading Educational Change
  • Education Policy
  • Leading Learning Cultures
  • Evidence-based Leading for Learning
  • Systemic and Complexity Thinking and Practice
  • Money Management
  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Strategic Management for Sustainability

Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic  University.

The qualification will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to take the next leadership step, whether your path is teaching or administration-based. In addition to enhancing their professional practice, the course may allow eligible graduates to progress to a Doctor of Education or a Doctor of Philosophy program.

Potential career outcomes include:

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

The average first-year fee for this course is $16,800 (indicative only). FEE-HELP may be available for eligible students. Enquire now to find out more!

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.