A new partnership between Griffith University and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) will offer teachers of tomorrow fast-tracked entry to the Master of Education.

The online Graduate Certificate in Education offered by ACER can now be used as a pathway for entry into Griffith University’s acclaimed Master of Education.

The Master of Education supports educators who want to develop greater expertise in practice or research and continue their professional development. Students can choose from a range of majors, including Autism Studies, Educational Technology and Wellbeing in Education, delivered flexibly online or on-campus.

Master of Education student Emma Pinto

Emma Pinto currently teaches English and French at Cleveland State High School, and juggles a part-time teaching load with her Master of Education studies.

She said the innovative new majors and flexibility drew her to the program.

“I always wanted to keep learning and researching and the fact that this degree allows you to specialise in new areas like wellbeing in education was a huge drawcard,” Emma said.

“As part of my major I’m taking psychology courses and looking at ways to engage students and keep them excited to learn.

“I’m really lucky that I get to bring my new knowledge and perspective back into the classroom – I’m already noticing that it’s making a world of difference.”

Dr Steven Hodge

Dr Steven Hodge, senior lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies, said the University looked forward to welcoming ACER graduates into Griffith’s new Master of Education.

“Graduates who have completed postgraduate studies with accredited providers like ACER have proved that they have the capabilities and discipline to tackle a Masters degree,” he said.

“Our partnership with ACER will offer exciting opportunities for teachers to take the next step and further their professional skills and leadership capabilities at Griffith.”

Professor Donna Pendergast

Griffith University Dean of Education Professor Donna Pendergast said the new Master of Education offered unique opportunities for the next generation of educators.

“The brand-new Master of Education is very industry-focused and a real game changer,” she said.

“We are looking to the future, and setting the pace in terms of program design, flexibility and outcomes.

“Our students are looking for a competitive edge and we are helping them develop skills that are in high demand.”

ACER Director Professor Pauline Taylor-Guy

ACER Institute Director of Postgraduate Studies Professor Pauline Taylor-Guy said the partnership would benefit teachers wanting to develop their expertise while gaining credit towards a Master of Education at Griffith University.

“ACER’s graduates will benefit from this formal articulation arrangement to fast-track completion of a master’s degree.”