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Master of Indigenous Education

This information is for domestic students.


Provide a better future for Indigenous children with a Master of Indigenous Education.

This masters degree will give educators and policy advisers an in-depth understanding of the historical, contemporary and global issues faced by Indigenous Australia. Macquarie is the only university to offer such a degree in Australia.

The Master of Indigenous Education develops the skills and knowledge to provide a culturally appropriate education to Indigenous Australian students, as well as teach non-Indigenous students about Indigenous issues, people and culture.

You will learn about the policies, practices and issues relating to Indigenous education, taking account of how Indigenous histories have shaped contemporary context and thinking.

Key features

  • Meets the NSW Institute of Teacher’s professional development requirements
  • Offered online allowing you to study at your own pace
  • Experience a program that includes Indigenous Australian perspectives and knowledge
  • Provides valuable knowledge to help close the gap in Indigenous education
  • Provides global context by exploring other First Nation people’s experiences with education systems



Study mode

Full-time, Part-time

Attendance mode


Course duration

Full time: 1 year - 1.5 years depending on RPL granted


Session 1 (February), Session 2 (July)

UAC Code

860677 - by Distance

Suitable for

Whether you want to focus on early childhood, primary, secondary or tertiary education, this will help you close the gap between the educational outcomes of Indigenous students and other students.

It will also help those working in Indigenous communities, such as health workers, community organisation workers and public servants.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Estimated annual fee This is an indicative fee -  AUD $6,152 p.a.

Student amenities fee

Information on the Student services and amenities fee

Minimum admission requirements 

• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in education or indigenous studies; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification and 18 months full-time equivalent relevant work experience

English Language Requirements

IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification


The Department of Indigenous Studies – Warawara provides all Indigenous Australian students with various forms of support while undertaking their studies.

Indigenous Australian students can contact Warawara on 1800 066 465 (Toll free) or visit

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this master

800 level or above Credit Points
Required INED801 History of Indigenous Education 4
Required INED802 Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Education 4
Required INED803 Politics, Power and Indigenous Education 4
Required INED804 Global Indigenous Education 4
Required INED810 Education in Indigenous Communities 4
Required INED820 Research Methods in Indigenous Education 4
Required INED821 Indigenous Education Capstone Research Project 8
Required 16cp from ECED820 Families in Context
ECED822 Issues in Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy
ECED823 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
ECED828 Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives
ECED830 Early Intervention: Theory and Practice
ECED834 Organisation of Early Childhood Education
EDCN800 Introduction to Educational Research
EDCN811 Educational Psychology and Practice
EDCN812 Curriculum Studies
EDCN813 Advanced Pedagogy
EDCN814 Assessment Issues
EDCN815 Evaluation of Educational Programs
EDCN817 Sociology and Education
EDCN818 Education and Culture
EDCN831 Leading the Learning of New Teachers
EDCN841 Educational Institutions as Organisations
EDCN842 Leadership for Learning
EDCN843 Quality, Performance and Regulation in Higher Education
EDCN844 Organisation of School Education
EDCN847 Human Resource Management in Education
EDCN848 Legal Foundations for Leaders in Learning Institutions
EDCN850 Middle Management Leadership in Education
EDCN851 Innovation and Change in Educational Organisations
EDCN861 Learning Technologies: Contexts and Future
EDCN862 Designing Technology-based Curriculum
EDCN865 Learning Technologies in Practice
EDCN866 Leading and Managing Online Learning Environments
EDCN871 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
EDCN873 Reflective Practice in Education
SPED802 Effective Instruction for Students with Special Education Needs
SPED803 Curriculum and Instruction for Individuals with High Support Needs
SPED804 Effective Literacy Instruction
SPED805 Effective Numeracy Instruction
SPED806 Behaviour Problems and Classroom Management
SPED807 Communication for Individuals with High Support Needs
SPED810 Current Issues in Special Education 16
Total credit points required to satisfy this master 48


  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2015 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.


Career Opportunities

Our graduates are likely to pursue careers in a variety of areas including schools, early childhood services, universities, policy and government departments, NGOs and Indigenous organisations.


Our Students

Wayne Charters (Descendant of the Wiradjuri Nation)

This degree is the best I have ever done.  I have enjoyed studying education and history/politics in the past, but this is another level of  understanding.  The wide  range of topics and readings related  to Indigenous Education are fascinating, sometimes heart wrenching  but ultimately informative and enlightening. I cannot  think of any profession or person who would not benefit from doing the Master of Indigenous Education.  I also now have even more respect for the keepers of knowledge.

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Master of Indigenous Education

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Master of Indigenous Education

To study this degree, apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

1. Select your UAC Code:

860677 - by Distance

2. Please check the course description in the on-line UAC guide as further documentation may be required for your application to be processed, e.g. a supplementary details form.

3. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Application for Session 1, 2015 closed on 23 January 2015.

Application for Session 2, 2015 open until Friday, 19 June 2015.

Please note: If you are applying to articulate to a higher level course (ie, From Graduate Diploma to a Masters), please apply directly to the University following the application instructions on the How to Apply website.


If you are applying for Readmission to this course after an absence please apply directly to the university following the application instructions on the How to Apply website.

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