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Master of Secondary School Leadership - MSSL

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
6 trimesters
Start date: 22-February-2021
Victoria University of Wellington
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Become the principal you want to be—enhance your career and make a difference in education with the Master of Secondary School Leadership.

Gain the skills you need to become a principal. Learn to lead a secondary school and raise student achievement through effective management, curriculum analysis and research-based decision making.

You'll benefit from the research and teaching strengths of the Faculty of Education and the management acumen of the Victoria Business School. By combining educational and business thinking, you'll gain the tools you need to develop innovative solutions to issues you'll face in the management of a secondary school.

Learn to use sophisticated data-analysis techniques to make sound, evidence-based decisions about school organisation and management. Examine the role of leadership and how to foster leadership in others. You'll develop techniques for planning and goal-setting and explore the different strategies for building strong relationships with community and stakeholders.

Research project

You'll complete a 60-point dissertation with the support of an academic supervisor. This will be either a research project on a contemporary issue in secondary school leadership or an evaluation of the implementation of a new initiative in a secondary school.

To qualify for entry into this programme, you'll need to be in a middle or senior manager position in a secondary school and have the support of your principal. You'll also need to hold a Bachelor's degree with a B average, or have completed a postgraduate qualification.

How you'll study

Designed so you can continue working while you study, the courses are delivered through a mix of block format and online. Block courses are held on weekends and during school holidays. You'll need a computer with access to the internet as you'll use online conferencing during your study.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 180 points, including:

Seven core courses:

Developing Leadership Capacity (MSSL 501)

Shaping the Future (MSSL 502)

Leading Learning and Teaching (MSSL 503)

Managing the Organisation/Systems (MSSL 504)

Partnerships and Networks (MSSL 505)

Leading Evidence-based Practice (MSSL 506)

Culturally responsive leadership (MSSL 507)

One course from another discipline from:

EDUC 500-599

MMBA 500-599

One research or implementation course from:

Research Project (MSSL 508)

Implementation Project (MSSL 509)

Entry criteria

Bachelor's degree with a B average or a postgraduate qualification, and hold a management position in a secondary school, and your principal's nomination.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5


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