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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
  • 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


North Ryde (Sydney)

Study mode

Full-time, Part-time

Attendance mode


Minimum course duration

1.5 years (full time)


Session 1 (March), Session 2 (August)

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.

Entry requirements

• Australian Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent in relevant field • Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 7.0 overall, with minimum 7.0 in each band

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

Work experience requirements


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 32
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 EDCN800 Introduction to Educational Research 4
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 either EDCN801 Searching and Constructing a Literature Review (4)
or INED820 Research Methods in Indigenous Education (4) 4
Required 8cp from ECED820 Families in Context (4)
ECED822 Issues in Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy (4)
ECED823 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (4)
ECED828 Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives (4)
ECED830 Early Intervention: Theory and Practice (4)
EDCN812 Curriculum Studies (4)
EDCN815 Evaluation of Educational Programs (4)
EDCN817 Sociology and Education (4)
EDCN818 Education and Culture (4)
EDCN841 Educational Institutions as Organisations (4)
EDCN843 Governance, Structure and Organisation of Higher Education (4)
EDCN844 Organisation of School Education (4)
EDCN845 Organisation of Early Childhood Education (4)
EDCN851 Innovation and Change in Educational Organisations (4)
EDCN871 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (4)
EDCN872 Curriculum Design and Assessment in Higher Education (4)
EDCN873 Critical Reflective Practice in Education (4)
INED810 Education in Indigenous Communities (4) 8
Total credit points required to satisfy this master 32


  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2014 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

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.

Applications for Session 2, 2014 is open.

Please note: If you wish to articulate into a higher level of course with the exact same name and area of study (i.e., from a Postgraduate Certificate to a Postgraduate Diploma or from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Masters), you will need to make a new application direct to the university. Please complete the Coursework Direct Application.


If you have previously enrolled and would like to re-apply for the same course, you do not need to re-apply through UAC. Take the following steps to apply for readmission:

  1. Please see the postgraduate website for information on making an application for readmission.
  2. Print and complete the MQ Postgraduate Re-admission Form (PDF)
  3. View the Postgraduate Course List (PDF) for specific information required to complete the application form


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