The Master of Professional Education and Training is an off-campus coursework program offered to professional educators and trainers working or intending to work in learning and development, education and training, and human resource development roles. Typically people are engaged in business, government, the training sector, flexible delivery, distance education, higher education, VET in Schools, TAFE teaching or in an area that combines these. Professional education and training is a highly sophisticated business and becoming more so. As well as serving a very diverse clientele of learners, professional education and training also serves organisational needs for the development of increasingly complex skills and competencies. The MPET has been developed to meet the professional development and career aspirations of educators and trainers working in this context. For the award of the MPET degree, students are required to satisfactorily complete 8 credit points of study. The course is available through part-time off-campus study and is normally completed in two or more years. The MPET may be undertaken entirely by coursework, or as a combination of coursework and research. It is expected that students will have computer and internet access. The MPET is delivered flexibly through a distance education process that brings the Faculty to the student, using high quality learning materials and resources, wherever the students may be. Students study in their place and at times that suit them. Associated with this course flexibility is the negotiation of focus within units through well established and quality affirming processes that enable all students to customise their study to address their own professional interests and workplace issues.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.
Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2009 can be viewed at http://www.deakin.edu.au/current-students/handbooks2009/search.php.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
Graduates of this course advance their professional standing within their educational and training employment contexts in human resource development roles within the corporate or government sectors, in consultancy roles, in higher education, in vocational education and training and in the adult and community sector.
To be awarded a Master of Professional Education and Training, students are required to successfully complete 8 credit points of study under one of the following configurations:
General coursework only
* a minimum of 5 credit points selected from any Master of Professional Education and Training units. Participants are encouraged to develop a marketable focus through considered selection of units.
* Up to 3 credit points from any masters level units either offered by the School of Education or elsewhere chosen in consultation with the MPET course coordinator.
General coursework with research paper
* a minimum of 3 credit points selected from any Master of Professional Education and Training units
* EXR780 Research Perspectives and Practices *
* EXR790 Research Design and Development
* EXR796/797 Research Paper Part A and Part B **
* Up to 2 credit points from any masters level units either offered by the School of Education or elsewhere chosen in consultation with the MPET course coordinator.
* Where students have an equivalent research study and/or experience this unit may be replaced with another 1-credit-point unit in consultation with the MPET course coordinator.
** Research Paper Part A and Part B may be available to complete within the same trimester, but only after consultation with the course coordinator.
The course is highly flexible, allowing participants to choose units across the range on offer to build the skills and knowledge individual students feel they need.
ECN704 Applied Learning
ECV704 Curriculum and Competencies
ECV705 Human Resource Development
ECV711 Training for Diverse Learners and Contexts
ECV712 Situated Learning At Work
ECV722 Assessing Training in the Workplace
ECX703 e-Learning Technologies and Media
ECX711 Foundations of Flexible, Online and Distance Education
ECX712 Strategic Applications of Flexible, Online and Distance Education
ECX713 Learner and Organisational Support in Flexible Online and Distance Education
EEN706 Lifelong Learning
Note: Specialist units are subject to availability of staff and sufficient students enrolled to meet University requirements.
The three generic units focus on contemporary educational and training issues are designed to complement the specialist units. Each generic unit may be tailored toward the focus area of the student.
EXE731 Advancing Professional Development
EXE735 Evaluation: Improvement and Accountability
EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations
Students receive instructional materials through Deakin Studies Online, CD-ROM and website links. Interaction with lecturers is provided through use of Deakin Studies Online, email and telephone links.
Masters courses require a research component to lead to a Doctor of Philosophy.
Admission requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide
Admission requirements - specific
Applicants to this course are expected to have completed at least four years of tertiary study (or equivalent) at a recognised tertiary institution. There is no requirement for specific fields or areas of prior tertiary study. Applicants who hold a Training and Assessment qualification at Certificate IV level or above, or who have significant experience in the field will be highly regarded.
In addition to minimum entry requirements, international students for whom English is not their first language are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.
Offers will be made to applicants with alternative backgrounds through Recognition of Prior Learning which respects, and rewards students' prior learning, formal institutional learning and/or workplace learning, that are relevant to the students' proposed study in the course.
Advanced standing - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Advanced standing - specific
Advanced standing is considered on an individual basis in accordance with University and Faculty policy. Advanced standing may also be available for recognition of prior learning according to University policy.
Advanced standing of up to 4 credit points may be granted to applicants who have:
* completed graduate certificate/graduate diploma/masters units in Education and Training at a fifth year level of tertiary study in addition to minimum entry requirements;
* completed masters level units at Deakin University or another university;
* completed the Graduate Certificate of Professional Education and Training at Deakin University; or
* completed units of the Graduate Certificate of Professional Education and Training at Deakin University at a high level of academic achievement, normally distinction or higher.
How to apply
Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.
Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.