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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

Enhance your education skills and expertise in conservation science and behaviour change through this unique opportunity to study conservation in action.

Offered through the exclusive educational alliance between Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the University of Sydney, this new specialisation links theory and practice. The program is designed to develop the careers of teaching professionals, education administrators, researchers, policymakers, nature conservationists and wildlife professionals who are passionate about a healthy future for wildlife and people. 

The Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education) degree will enable you to join the next generation of environmental influencers and educators leading the community to rethink the way we live and the impact we have on the environment. Using Taronga Conservation Society Australia as a case study, you will investigate conservation programs being implemented across both Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, NSW.

Our classes will take place at the University of Sydney and the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo. The Institute offers access to the wider Zoo campus providing you with an authentic and interactive learning experience in an environment of working science.

Learning from University of Sydney experts in education and science, you will acquire a deeper understanding of complex ecosystems, and gain the confidence to engage in environmental concerns with community and environmental stakeholders.

The Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education) degree will help you achieve:

  • Practical skills and knowledge to design authentic environmental education programs relevant to your own real-world professional context
  • An advanced understanding of contemporary environmental education theory, research and practice
  • Deeper understanding of how to apply models and methodologies to influence behaviour and create social impact
  • Expertise to become an effective environmental educator

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 15 January)

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year - Full time study is not available in semester 2 (to be considered for CSP, you must apply by 30 June)

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 
- Admission is not available to international student visa holders. 

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

 

 

What you'll study

The Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education) will provide you with unparalleled opportunities to develop skills and expertise in conservation science and behaviour change.

You will be taught by dedicated researchers and practitioners from Taronga Conservation Society Australia, one of the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisations, and by leading academics from the University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences through the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

You will achieve:

  • Practical skills and knowledge to design authentic environmental education programs relevant to your own real-world professional context
  • An advanced understanding of contemporary environmental education theory, research and practice
  • Deeper understanding of how to apply models and methodologies to influence behaviour and create social impact
  • Expertise to become an effective environmental educator

Completion requirement

A specialisation in the Master of Education requires the completion of a minimum of 24 credit points chosen from units of study specific to the relevant specialisation, including the specified number of core and elective units for that specialisation; and a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education) requires:

  • a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies, or professional experience equivalent to one year full-time in a field considered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to be appropriate to the program of study; or
  • a bachelor's degree and either the Diploma in Education or Bachelor of Teaching or Master of Teaching from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either the completion of postgraduate studies in Education, or professional experience equivalent to two years full-time in a field considered by the School to be appropriate to the program of study.

Course opportunities

Classes will take place at our Camperdown and Camden campuses and at the new Taronga Institute of Science & Learning, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning offers access to the wider Zoo campus, providing authentic and interactive learning opportunities in an environment of working science.

Professional accreditation

This course does not lead to professional recognition.

Career Pathways

Upon completion of the Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education), you will have the skills and knowledge to further your career in the following fields:

  • teaching
  • education administration
  • policy making
  • nature conservation
  • research
Future study options

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the School, including the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy in Education and Master of Education (Research).

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too

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