Master of Educational Leadership (Full Time)

Program Code: (MEdL)applyonline

Program Description

The Master of Educational Leadership degree program is aimed at people in senior educational leadership positions whether they are in school, college or office locations. The focus is on leadership issues related to service and commitment to the people and practices informed by Christian values.The MEdL program aims to develop the capacity and ability of students to develop and lead the educational systems of the country at primary, secondary or tertiary levels to achieve student, institutional and national goals. The degree program provides students with values, attitudes, knowledge and skills that will enable them to lead their systems and organizations with a commitment to the highest standards of administrative and curriculum practices. The emphasis will be on the theory and practice of leadership within patterns of Christian praxis in morality and ethics.The program is particularly appropriate for people responsible for providing leadership for development and implementation of academic programs in their workplace.

Credit Points Required

The program comprises eight units, each with a 10 credit point value. Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study

Two Years

Study Mode and Location

Flexible Learning mode in Madang campus.It is offered in both full-time and part-time study modes. Full-time students take 4 units a semester and complete the program in one year. Part-time students take 2 units a semester and complete the program in two years. The program is offered on the DWU Madang campus. In future it is anticipated that some units will be offered online.

Pre-requisite Required

Applicants would normally be required to hold a Bachelor degree or an award equivalent of four years of professional education from a recognized tertiary institution


Full -Time Study Mode

Semester One
ED602 Educational Leadership ED605 Ethical Leadership
ED607 Curriculum Leadership ED608 Research Methods
ED607 Curriculum Leadership
ED608 Research Methods

Semester Two
ED603 Administrative Leadership
ED611 Leading Educational Change
ED609 Research Project
ED614 Learning Theories and Practices

Part -Time Study Mode

Semester One (November - December)
ED602 Educational Leadership
ED605 Ethical Leadership

Semester Two (May - June)
ED607 Curriculum Leadership
ED608 Research Methods

Semester Three (November - December)
ED603 Administrative Leadership
ED611 Leading Educational Change

Semester Four (May - June)
ED608 Research Project
ED614 Learning Theories and Practices


ED602 Educational Leadership - 10 Credit Points

The educational leadership unit explores current experiences of leadership in Papua New Guinea and critiques them against a wide range of western models. The concept of good relationships honoured in traditional Melanesian society will be a particularly important benchmark. Other styles of leadership portraying ‘colonial’ attitudes will be identified. These may currently be employed in Papua New Guinea.


ED603 Administrative Leadership - 10 Credit Points

The administrative leadership unit introduces students to the concepts of administrative leadership. Special attention is given to the emerging cultural perspectives in administration. Leadership within the cultural perspective and organizational culture building along with more traditional bureaucratic, human relations, and political views of organizations and functioning will be critiqued.


ED605 Ethical Leadership - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores the ethics and philosophy of human acts as foundations of educational leadership thought and action. Leadersneed to be able to interpret educational policies and practices to ensure that they address the most important dimensions of managing ethics, creating an ethical culture and being an ethical institution. The unit assists students to think ethically. Making good decisions requires a trained sensitivity to core values and a reliable method of exploring the considerations that should impact on the choice of a course of action. Having a method for ethical decision making is absolutely essential. Students create a framework for ethicaldecision making as a useful process for exploring ethical dilemmas and identifying ethical courses of action in PNG’s complex and culturally diverse educational context. Students examine theories of what an ethical community, an ethical public sector, an ethical school, an ethical government or an ethical society should be.


ED607 Curriculum Leadership - 10 Credit points

Leadership is a critical component in any curriculum improvement effort. Without such leadership, goals and values will not be clarified, plans will not be developed and implemented, and individuals in organizations will not fully contribute to the improvement of educational opportunities for students. In this unit, administrators will focus on how the educational mandate of their institution is decided upon, implemented and evaluated. Students will undertake an environmental scan of their organization within this context to identify areas for change and improvement.


ED608 Research Methods - 10 Credit Points

In the research methods unit students acquire the skills to undertake a research project. Different research paradigms and perspectives, and related data collection and analysis techniques are explored and applied to case material. Students are required to develop a proposal to explore a research problem relevant to educational leadership in PNG. Students identify specific research problems that are of interest, conduct initial reviews of relevant literature, and select and design ways of conducting the study.


ED609 Research Projects - 10 Credit Points

In the research project, students are guided to produce a report on the research problem they explored in unit ED608. Special attention is given to the interpretation of findings and the presentation of the report. Crafting skills are developed for sections such as introduction, context, literature review, design of the research study, results, discussion, recommendations, bibliography, and appendices.


ED611 Leadership Educational Change - 10 Credit Points

Leaders in schools and educational systems are faced with the challenge of operating in a rapidly changing world. The globalisation of economic systems, rapid technological advances and society’s increased expectations of education have replaced past certainties with new and uncertain frameworks. Studentsl have an opportunity to reflect on and analyse change in their organisations and systems using a number of difference models and frameworks for planning, implementing and evaluating change processes and outcomes. These change perspectives are used to assist leaders in Papua New Guinea manage change ethically, compassionately and productively.


ED615 Learning Theories and Practices - 10 Credit Points

This unit helps students to acquire an understanding of the ways humans learn; identify, analyse and synthesise contemporary learning theories and the principle of learning; identify the implications of learning theories and principles for the teacher in the teaching learning process; and the implementation of those theories and principles when and wherever applicable in real-life teaching learning situations in the context of Papua New Guinean schools.