Master of Education (STEM)

  • Effective from: 2021
  • Approved Abbreviation: MEd(STEM)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1847
  • AQF Level: 9

Program Status: 

This program applies to students who commenced in 2021

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year 2017 to 2020 - please refer to 1847.1 Master of Education (STEM)

The Master of Education (STEM) is designed for teachers seeking to enhance their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and their capacity to plan, deliver and evaluate effectively integrated STEM learning experiences. Graduates will have specialised skills to enable them to critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise multi-disciplinary approaches to STEM teaching, drawing on appropriate theoretical knowledge, allowing them to plan and deliver exemplary practice in STEM teaching. Graduates will also gain the skills required to be STEM leaders in schools, developing, enacting and evaluating interdisciplinary curriculum reform for the future. The program is suitable for Primary and lower Secondary teachers.

Study Mode

Two to three years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Roberto Parada

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Online Part Time Online See above

Advanced Standing

Students with a postgraduate (Level 8) qualification in a cognate discipline OR a bachelor qualification (Level 7) plus three years full-time professional work experience in the fields of teaching/education, political science, policy studies, human welfare studies and services, or behavioural science can apply for up to four units Advanced Standing.


Applicants for admission into the Master of Education (STEM)
Must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline and 2 years’ full time equivalent of professional work experience in their field
Must have successfully completed a graduate certificate (AQF level 8) or higher, in any discipline.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application. 

Statement of Service form

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the subjects listed below.

Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Education (STEM) on completion of the relevant units. Refer to link below for structure requirements for this exit award.

1852 - Graduate Certificate in Education (STEM)

Core Subjects (30 Credit Points)

Subject Title Credit Points
Core Subjects
TEAC 7115Researching Practice 110
TEAC 7111Professional Project 110
CEDS 7003Research Methods in Education10
Total Credit Points30

 STEM Major Subjects (40 credit points)

Subject Title Credit Points
TEAC 7121STEM foundations10
TEAC 7018Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum10
Select two of20
Leading Mathematics in the Primary School
Assessment and Intervention for Mathematics and Numeracy Learning
Mathematics for Contemporary Learners
Addressing Diversity in Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Science for Contemporary Learners
Assessment and Intervention for Science Learning
Applied Robotics and Programming in Secondary STEM Education
Applied Mathematics and Science in Secondary STEM Education
STEM Pedagogies in Practice

Alternate Subjects (50 credit points)

Students will complete five alternate subjects chosen from the STEM major subjects listed above and/or the alternate subjects listed below (can be a combination of both lists).

Please choose alternate subjects listed below in consultation with the Academic Program Advisor.

1723 Master of Education (Social Ecology)

Subject Title Credit Points
HUMN 7040Social Ecology10
HUMN 7002Applied Imagination10
HUMN 7017Ecopedagogies10
TEAC 7013At the cultural interface - learning two ways10
HUMN 7018Ecopsychology and Cultural Change10

1720 Master of Inclusive Education

Subject Title Credit Points
Inclusive Environments
Disability in Context
Person-Centred Practice
Technology Assisting Learning
Effective Working Relationships
Assessing to Support Learning
Managing Challenging and Diverse Behaviour
Universal Design for Learning
Assessment and Intervention for Mathematics and Numeracy Learning

1726 Master of Education (Leadership)

Subject Title Credit Points
Leading Change
Designing Curriculum Futures
Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Growth
Learning and Teaching in Challenging Contexts
Principles and Practices of Evaluation

Students requiring 80 credit points of subjects (i.e. have obtained 40 credit points of advanced standing) will complete one alternate subject from the STEM major subjects listed above.
in consultation with the Academic Program Advisor
One alternate subject as listed above from
1720 Master of Inclusive Education
1726 Master of Education (Leadership)

Recommended Sequence

Years 1 and 2 are offered in alternate calendar years and are interchangeable. Students select from the subjects on offer in each semester/ year of enrolment.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7121 STEM foundations 10
One STEM Major subject 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
TEAC 7018 Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum 10
One STEM Major subject or alternate subject 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Autumn session
Two STEM Major subjects or alternate subjects 20
 Credit Points20
Spring session
CEDS 7003 Research Methods in Education 10
Select one of 10
Computational Thinking across the STEM Curriculum  
One STEM Major subject or alternate subject  
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
TEAC 7115 Researching Practice 10
One STEM Major subject or alternate subject 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
TEAC 7111 Professional Project 10
One STEM Major subject or alternate subject 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points120

Note: Subject TEAC 7018 Computational Thinking Across the STEM Curriculum is on offer every second year