Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management

Develop postgraduate level knowledge, professional educational leadership, management and research skills that are necessary to become competent educational leaders and managers for the education sector with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management

18 months
NQF Level 9
180 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support


The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management prepares researchers who would be able to contribute to knowledge in the field of Educational leadership and management, including knowledge of professional practice in Educational Leadership and Management at an advanced level.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management further develops students capacity and capabilities in dealing with complex issues in Educational Leadership and Management, empowering them with professional knowledge and research knowledge, and skills to undertake investigative processes to inform, solve problems and transform Educational Leadership and Management through systematic and creative processes.


Upon successful completion of the MEd programme, students should be able to:

  • Apply advanced specialist theoretical knowledge related to educational leadership and management, and evaluate the application thereof in a variety of educational contexts
  • Demonstrate advanced professional knowledge of educational leadership and management practices
  • Display knowledge of and insight into current discourses and debates in educational leadership and management
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop advanced knowledge and skills in research and research processes
  • Critically contribute and commit to the development of high ethical standards and is able to make autonomous ethical decisions that affect the practice of educational management and leadership
  • Analyse research methodology and techniques and demonstrate the ability to operate autonomously to prepare a research-based dissertation
  • Evaluate existing and emerging international research-informed knowledge of educational management and leadership

Programme Structure

Duration: 1.5 years

Year 1 Modules

Semester 1

  • Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks in Educational Leadership and Management
  • Educational Leadership and Management: Past Practices, Current Trends and Emerging Debates

Semester 2

  • Research Methods in Education
  • Management of Technology in Education

Year 2 Modules

Semester One

  • Dissertation: Education Leadership and Management

Admission Requirements

The admission requirement for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management are as follows:
  • A Bachelor of Education Honours (BEd Hons) degree or
  • An appropriate 480-credit professional degree or
  • An appropriate Honours degree or
  • An appropriate Postgraduate Diploma that incorporates a research component that carries a minimum of a 30-point credit rating.
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 30 years.
  • The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management programme is currently offered only to students that are South African residents.

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