Master of Leadership - Education Specialisation

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The Program

Tabor’s Master of Leadership has been developed with flexibility and practical application in mind and will be offered over quadmester periods to accommodate busy teachers.

Completion of the program can be achieved in 18 months or less, depending on recognised prior learning, and will consist of the following components:

  • Six Core leadership units
  • Three Elective units, allowing students to develop expertise in a particular focus area, such as educational leadership.
  • Nine Leadership credentials, which can be obtained by demonstrating workplace leadership skills and experience.

Professional Outcomes

Embark on a journey of transformation with Tabor’s Master of Leadership, with a specialisation in Educational Leadership. This unique program is designed to empower educators with the strategic insights and practical expertise necessary to spearhead change and innovation within today’s dynamic educational landscape.

Through a comprehensive curriculum grounded in leadership theory and best practice, the program is designed to cultivate visionary leaders who possess a sound understanding of leadership ethics; team dynamics; innovative team leadership; the fundamental principles and practices of self-leadership; and the practice and value of strategic leadership.

Whether you’re aspiring to lead a department, school, district, or educational organisation, Tabor’s Master of Leadership with a specialisation in Educational Leadership will empower you to make a lasting impact, inspire positive change, and cultivate a brighter future for generations to come.

Course Overview

Leaders at all levels of responsibility within organizations, spanning from departmental to senior executive roles, must navigate their professional contexts effectively. This requires not only a deep understanding of and engagement with their particular context, but also the capacity to lead well by discerning and managing responsible action in the face of complex demands. To meet these challenges, leaders require an advanced understanding of core leadership theories, underpinnings and practices, as well as how these principles might effectively be applied within dynamic organisational settings.

Tabor’s Master of Leadership is specifically designed for senior leaders or those aspiring to senior leadership. It deepens the individual’s capacity to lead both within and outside of their organisation and, through thoughtful engagement with the richness of the Christian tradition, offers the knowledge and skills necessary to address significant issues within their organisational setting. The culmination of the Master of Leadership is a capstone project that provides students the opportunity to apply leadership theory to a particular real-world challenge or issue of their choice. Overall, the course aims to form graduates into highly competent and thoughtful leaders equipped to drive positive change and transformation within their organisations and beyond.

    Proposed Course Structure

    Tabor College has partnered with the Los Angeles Pacific University (LAPU), an online Christian University in the United States of America, to potentially deliver the following units in the Master of Leadership:

    i.  Ethical Decision Making

    ii.  Leading Change and Innovation

    iii.  Strategic Leadership

    iv.  Leading with Moral Excellence

    v.  Entrepreneurial Leadership

    vi.  Organisational Behaviour and Development

        LAPU is driven by a commitment to quality, online Christian education, and this partnership has been established to provide an international perspective for Tabor’s postgraduate leadership students.

        LAPU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), one of the premiere accrediting agencies for educational institutions in the western United States.

        Course Learning Outcomes

        Graduates will be able to…

        • Demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of contemporary organisational leadership theory, principles, and practice, as it specifically pertains to faith-based organisations
        • Explain key research principles and methods applicable to undertaking leadership focused research in leading faith-based organisations
        • Reflect critically on the theory and practice of leading within and beyond faith based organisations in the light of contemporary scholarship
        • Identify, analyse, and generate research-based solutions to complex problems and issues commonly encountered in leading faith-based organisations
        • Investigate, evaluate, synthesise, and generate complex leadership ideas, concepts, and theories at an advanced and abstract level
        • Justify, interpret, and communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions, and professional decisions to other leaders, members of their organisations, and various stakeholders
        • Apply their leadership knowledge and skills to new situations and challenges in faith based organisations, demonstrating a high level of personal autonomy, creativity, and initiative
        • Initiate, plan, implement, and evaluate effective team leadership activities, processes and initiatives in faith-based organisations
        • Evaluate, innovate, and promote practices and developments which engender organisational change and transformation and which lead to increased organisational effectiveness
        • Plan, justify and execute a substantial research-based project/capstone experience that demonstrates their knowledge of the theory and practice of leadership within and beyond faith-based organisations
        • Reflect on their vocation and practice of leadership in the light of what constitutes a meaningful life.
        • Critically reflect on their own strengths as a leader and evaluate ways in which they can develop so that they are able to lead within and beyond faith-based organisations more effectively
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        Course Structure


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        One elective is equivalent to one Unit of study.

        Students are required to choose three electives¹

        •  Elective 1 OR MTO141.8 Meaningful Living Course²
        •  Elective 2
        •  Elective 3


        One Credential Unit includes choice of three Leadership Credential Topics, and is equivalent to one unit of study.

        Students will complete a total of three Credential Units (or Credential Unit equivalent)

        • Credential Unit 1 (3 Topics)
        • Credential Unit 2 (3 Topics)
        • Credential Unit 3 (3 Topics)

        Proposed Credential Topics

        • Cultural Intelligence
        • Collaboration
        • Conflict Resolution
        • Critical & Creative Thinking
        • Strategic Outcomes
        • Digital Literacy
        • Inspiring & Motivating Others
        • Growth Mindset
        • Flourishing People
        • Problem Solving
        • Leadership Communication

        ¹Options for electives and credentials vary and are subject to availability, please contact for subject lists.

        ²Students wishing to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Leadership are required to have completed Meaningful Living Course.

        Where can I study?

        You can study fully online.

        How long does it take?

        1 year 6 months (18 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.

        What do I need for entry?


        The entry requirement for the Master of Leadership is an undergraduate degree in any field or approved equivalent. Students are also required to have three years relevant work experience in a professional role.

        How much does it cost?

        Learn more about
        fees and available payment options.

        When can I start?

        Semester 1 – February
        Semester 2 – May
        Semester 3 – July
        Semester 4 – October

        Additional Information

        Graduate Diploma in Leadership after 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
        Graduate Certificate in Leadership after 6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.


        TABOR: M_MLD
        SATAC: Not applicable

        Postgraduate Course


        Faculty of Education
        Phone: 1300 482 267