Master of Applied Leadership in Positive Education

Why study the Master of Applied Leadership in Positive Education at UNE?

The Master of Applied Leadership in Positive Education is designed for professional educators who are interested in applied leadership, situated within the framework of positive education and psychology. The focus of this course is to foster the development of leadership capacity that reconstructs positively the way we see the world. Positive education is explored via the application of theory to practice using strengths-based approaches including positive psychology and positive organisational scholarship. Content and assessment will be tailored to individuals and their context including education, government, community, professions, industry and training, both nationally and internationally. The units of study are structured to incorporate action learning, appreciative inquiry and reflective practice methodologies to ensure the applied nature of the course. Critiquing self and leadership provides a springboard to reframe and recreate new leadership paradigms that promote innovation, sustainability, and wellbeing.

Successful completion of this course will advance students' knowledge in applied leadership in specialisations, including early childhood, vocational education and training, primary and secondary schooling, professional contexts and higher education.

The course, with its focus on the needs of busy professionals, is available in part time mode using a variety of online learning technologies.

This course has a quota on the number of students accepted for each teaching period. In ranking eligible applicants (all those meeting the formal entry requirements) the selection committee will take into account the applicant's academic background and employment, and their suitability/interest in the course based on their personal statement.

Career Opportunities

Managerial and leadership roles involved in education within organisations.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

Full Fee
International

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation MAppLeadPosEd
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education)

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or equivalent overseas qualification as recognised by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) in a relevant discipline; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 or 9 postgraduate qualification or equivalent overseas qualification as recognised by AEI-NOOSR in a non-relevant discipline; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 or 9 postgraduate qualification or equivalent overseas qualification as recognised by AEI-NOOSR in a relevant discipline; and

(d) be employed in (or undertake a voluntary role in) an organisational position that focuses on education and/or training.

Candidates must submit a personal statement (approximately 500 words) outlining:

(i) their mid to long-term objectives and their expectations of this degree in fulfilling those objectives;

(ii) openness to positive psychology and visionary thinking about leadership; and

(iii) willingness to engage in learning communities involving the use of technology and virtual environments.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, the following:

Early Childhood Education

Health

Higher Education

Military Studies

Policing Studies

Public Administration

Teaching

Training and Development

Vocational Education

English Language Proficiency:

Applicants must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Additional Requirements

Candidates for this award are expected to be working/actively engaged in a role that focuses on education and/or training. Assessment tasks require candidates to undertake activities and reflect on feedback which will not be achievable if they are not engaged in some form of instructional role.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Candidates are required to complete an action research project set in the education context in which they are employed. All assessments are negotiated to ensure the candidates embed their learning in their workplace and get immediate feedback as to the impact of their actions.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) and (b) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based; or demonstrated relevant professional experience.

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Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or equivalent overseas qualification as recognised by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) in a relevant discipline; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 or 9 postgraduate qualification or equivalent overseas qualification as recognised by AEI-NOOSR in a non-relevant discipline; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 or 9 postgraduate qualification or equivalent overseas qualification as recognised by AEI-NOOSR in a relevant discipline; and
(d) be employed in (or undertake a voluntary role in) an organisation position that focuses on education and/or training.

Candidates must submit a personal statement (approximately 500 words) outlining:
(i) their mid to long-term objectives and their expectations of this degree in fulfilling those objectives;
(ii) openness to positive psychology and visionary thinking about leadership; and
(iii) willingness to engage in learning communities involving the use of technology and virtual environments.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, the following:

Early Childhood Education
Health
Higher Education
Military Studies
Policing Studies
Public Administration
Teaching
Training and Development
Vocational Education

English Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) and (b) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature. Up to a further 12 credit points of Specified Advanced Standing may be granted based on: units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based; or demonstrated relevant professional experience.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rules (a) and (b), the period of candidature shall be up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (c), the period of candidature shall be up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points with a minimum of 48 credit points at 500-level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a) and (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 72 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 48 cps
Total 72 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Applied Leadership in Positive Education.

Exit Pathway

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted under Rule (a) and (b) may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Applied Leadership in Positive Education on completion of 24 credit points comprising EDPL401, EDPL402, EDPL500 and MM405. Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to the current course requirements of the Master of Applied Leadership in Positive Education. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Master of Applied Leadership in Positive Education is designed for postgraduate students from within the broad education discipline seeking to develop their leadership capacity, and sets out to achieve this on a framework of positive education and psychology. It aims to provide graduates with an understanding of a range of strengths-based approaches to leadership including positive psychology, enabling them to effectively lead in ways that promote innovation, sustainability and wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a knowledge base of leadership within different educational contexts;
  2. critically analyse and discuss the case for positive education theory and its application across different contexts; and apply knowledge in their professional practice in their own educational context;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to their educational context by conducting an action research investigation to critically analyse a complex problem, identify research questions, and apply established theories to their research question; and, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate research findings;
  4. justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  5. create and communicate processes to continually reframe and recreate self and leadership constructs through an embedded appreciative inquiry approach;
  6. develop and implement a number of communication channels, mediums and messages to influence and change patterns of behaviour, and create with others positive education environments that promote well-being; and
  7. plan and execute a substantial action research project to lead positive change initiatives within the education context in which they are employed.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Two knowledge bases are explored within this program. First is the context knowledge base of leadership within the educational context, be it early years, school, VET, HE, industry, professions, armed forces, etc. Second is the knowledge base underpinning the development and approach of positive education, drawing on positive psychology, positive organisation scholarship and strength based approaches to leadership and development. The depth of knowledge is achieved through the application of the theory to the individual student's practice through the completion of the negotiated assessment tasks. The base of literature, impact of our actions and contexts in which we operate are all situated within a global perspective and this view is embedded throughout the program.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to develop and implement a number of communication channels, mediums and messages, to influence and change patterns of behaviour from their current courses.

Problem Solving

The nature of the negotiated assessment process ensures that participants are engaged in problem solving to meet their specific needs and the needs of their education context as they progress through the program.

Information Literacy

Graduates will have engaged with social media and virtual platforms, and will be able to use these within everyday activities to sustain a virtual presence and influence.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will focus on the promotion of sustainable solutions to educational problems and the promotion of wellbeing as a concept. They will understand and practise the highest standards of ethical behaviour associated with their profession, including an understanding of their ethical responsibilities towards colleagues, research subjects, the wider community and the environment.

Lifelong Learning

Through the development of an action research approach and the embedding of appreciative inquiry as core framing of questions, the course develops an inquisitive and appreciative approach to lifelong learning as participants go in search of what works.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will have the ability to take responsibility for personal outputs as well as being able to work collaboratively, and will have developed an understanding of what they bring to a team and how they best can contribute to the development of collaborative advantage.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education)

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