Master of Instructional Leadership scholarship

The Master of Instructional Leadership pilot scholarship provides principals who have been in a substantive role for five or more years the opportunity to undertake a Masters degree in Instructional Leadership, delivered by the University of Melbourne. The scholarship will enable recipients to build their own instructional leadership capabilities and ultimately to improve their capacity to lead quality teaching within their school, focusing on improving student progress and achievement.

The closing date for Master of Instructional Leadership scholarship applications has been extended by one week. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 22 February.

Course information and dates

The Master of Instructional Leadership is delivered by the University of Melbourne. The two-year degree will focus on the impact of evidence-based approaches to leadership of teaching and learning. Instructional leadership is a key component of improving student progress and achievement, which is closely aligned with the Department of Education Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

Participants will be required to attend 16 two-day intensive learning sessions, with 32 days of total commitment to classes over two years. Tentative dates for the Master of Instructional Leadership intensive learning days are outlined below:

Subject 1: 9 & 10 May 2019, 18 & 19 June 2019
Subject 2: July - September
Subject 3: October - November 2019
Subject 4: Online
Subject 5: February - March 2020
Subject 6: April - June 2020
Subject 7: July - November 2020
Subject 8: July - November 2020

About the scholarship

The scholarship will provide 50% of course fees,  release  and all travel expenses to attend the 16 two-day intensive learning conferences delivered in Sydney.

There are 35 scholarships available.

The recipients will agree to reimburse the Department of Education 50% of the costs of the course, estimated to be $14,400. Repayment for the Master’s program can be paid as a lump sum or in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments as per the recipient’s preference. Recipients can choose to have it deducted from their nominated bank account or as a salary deduction from their payroll. The contribution will commence from July 2019 and must be paid in full no later than June 2021.

Successful applicants will be contacted with full details regarding reimbursement.

Recipients must also agree to a commitment of continuous service for 12 school terms at principal or higher upon commencement of the course.

Who is eligible to apply

Principals with five or more years of experience in the role are invited to apply for the Master of Instructional Leadership scholarship.

How to apply

To apply, complete the online application form by 5pm, 22 February 2019.

Written/signed consent from your Director, Educational Leadership is required (you will need to upload a record of this endorsement).

As part of the application, you will need to answer the following questions. We recommend that you respond to these questions beforehand on a word document, so it is easier to copy and paste them to the application form:

  • Explain the benefits to you and your school of your being awarded the Master of Instructional Leadership (max 200 words)
  • Describe, using examples how, as a principal, you have influenced others to enhance their leadership capabilities (max 200 words)
  • Describe how you have led an improvement initiative as principal and explain the impact this had in your school (max 200 words)

Following a selection panel, all applicants will receive an email indicating whether they have been successful in receiving a scholarship.

Successful candidates will be asked to submit their signed Deed of Agreement (staff only) (2 copies) to Leadership Pathways.

Once the signed Deed of Agreement (staff only) has been received, successful candidates will receive an email and be asked to complete a short survey regarding accommodation and dietary requirements. They will then be contacted by the University of Melbourne regarding their participation in the course.

Contact us

If you require further information regarding the scholarships please contact the Leadership Pathways team at Leadership @det.nsw.edu.au or by calling (02) 9244 5548.

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