Master of Education

This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in leadership in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice.

Target your study towards your area of professional expertise.

Students are required to complete 180 points of taught papers, a research methods paper (30 points) and at least 30 points of research.

Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over one calendar year.

Programme Highlights

  • Our world renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas. Find out more about our staff.
  • Choose to focus your study on one of the following subjects below as a programme of study or three specialisations (listed below). Alternatively, create your own programme of study by combining papers from Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, or include a paper from another faculty (subject to Postgraduate Leaders approval).

Programmes of study for MEd

  • Arts Education
  • Counselling Studies
  • Education
  • Education Studies
  • Human Development
  • Language and literacy education
  • Mathematics education
  • Science, Technology and Environmental Education


  • STEM Education
  • Global Studies in Education
  • Professional Learning

This qualification can also be studied at the University of Waikato Tauranga.

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Years 1.5
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $7,044-$7,588 per year
International Fees $27,825 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Admission and enrolment

Admission normally requires a bachelor's degree with at least a B average and teaching qualification.

Note: Transfers from PGDips and Hons programmes on to 180-point masters are possible prior to formal completion of the PGDips and Hons qualifications in Education.

STEM Education

Teachers of STEM subjects (science, technology, environmental education and maths) can develop their teaching approach to their specialised subject and complete an evidence-based enquiry research project, based on a topic of interest. This requires at least 60 points from required papers, a research methods paper (30 points) and one other 30 point paper.

Programme Advisor


Global Studies in Education

For those who are not classroom teachers but are interested in philosophical aspects of education, you can explore and research educational dimensions in global processes.

Themes include; interconnectivity, intercultural education, the dialogue on the model of open science, open education and open knowledge production. It builds upon the traditions of comparative and international education programmes, It includes but is not limited to the following innovative areas:

  • new media and popular cultures
  • the new global ecologies of learning
  • open education
  • global citizenship and education

This MEd specialisation requires the completion of six papers (30 points each) or equivalent 180 points (500 level), including required and optional papers and a research project or thesis.

Programme advisors


Professional Learning

For educators who facilitate and support other practitioners' development, this programme is designed to support and recognise your professional development service.

The programme focuses on the theory and practice of in-service professional learning and is ideal for mid-career educators with at least five years experience.

Graduates have strong analytical and independent research skills and at times, have their research published.

Programme advisors



Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

Postgraduate Administrator Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Room: TC.2.46

Degree Structure

degree structure chart

Choose one from:

DSOE557 Research Methods, OR
PCSS502 Kaupapa Māori Research

And at least one from:

DSOE590 Directed Study
DSOE592 Dissertation
DSOE593 Education Thesis
DSOE594 Education Thesis

Choose remaining from:

ALED501 Literacy Education: Approaches and PerspectivesHDCO546 Conflict Resolution: Restorative ApproachesPROF507 Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring
ALED502 Critical Literacy in CurriculumHDCO547 Counselling SupervisionPROF508 Developing Effective Principalship
ALED503 Bilingual and Multilingual Education: Classroom Practice and Policy DirectionsHDCO548 Supervision PracticePROF509 Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring
ALED504 Reading DifficultiesHDCO549 Counselling and ContextsPROF510 Assessment as Pedagogy in the Early Years: Narrative Approaches
ALED507 Second Language Learners and Learning in Mainstream ClassroomsHDCO551 Special Topic: Whānau and Narrative PracticesPROF513 Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
ALED508 Adult Literacy at WorkHDCO560 Advanced Relationship and Family Counselling 1PROF516 ICT and Multi Literacies in the Early Years
ALED509 Literacy and Technology: Implications for EducationHDCO561 Advanced Relationship and Family Counselling 2PROF518 Teaching and Learning Years 7-10
ALED510 Contemporary Themes in Arts EducationHDCO565 Restorative Practices in EducationPROF521 Digital Technologies in the Classroom: New pedagogies, New Practices
ALED512 Orff Music Education: Theory and Practice 1HDCO590 Directed StudyPROF522 the Professional Practice of eTeaching
ALED513 Orff Music Education: Theory and Practice 2HDCO591 DissertationPROF523 the Development of Te Kotahitanga
ALED515 Drama as Pedagogy: the Mantle of the ExpertHDCO592 DissertationPROF524 Learning and Leadership in the Communication Age
ALED516 Family and Community Literacies: Theories, Practices and ProgrammesHDCO593 Human Development ThesisPROF525 eLearning Policy to Practice in the New Zealand Context
ALED520 Literacy, Cognition and NeuroscienceHDCO594 Human Development ThesisPROF531 Tertiary Teaching: Research and Development
ALED521 Approaches to Academic LiteracyMBED501 Matauranga Reo MāoriPROF532 the Professional Practice of Tertiary Teaching
ALED522 Best Practice in the Writing ClassroomMBED502 Tirohanga WhakahaerePROF533 Engaging Families & Communities in Early Years Programmes: Collaborative & Cultural Inquiry Approaches
ALED523 Approaches to Teaching Literature in the Primary and Secondary ClassroomMBED503 Te Whakaora Reo: Mātauranga RūmakiPROF540 Professional Learning and Development
ALED524 Language Knowledge for Teachers and LearnersMKTG556 Marketing Through the Sports MediaPROF541 Using Evidence for Effective Practice
ALED525 the Context of Adult Literacy and Numeracy LearningMSTE501 Mathematics EducationPROF551 Special Topic
ALED551 Special Topic: Children’s Literature and Educational ContextsMSTE502 Acquiring Numeracy: How Thinking DevelopsPROF580 Professional Education Seminar
ALED590 Directed StudyMSTE503 Numeracy in the Classroom: Issues and PracticePROF590 Directed Study
ALED592 DissertationMSTE504 Numeracy Difficulties: Issues and PracticePROF592 Dissertation
DSOE510 Special TopicMSTE590 Directed StudyPROF593 Thesis
DSOE515 Special TopicMSTE592 DissertationPROF594 Thesis
DSOE556 Research Methods for TeachersPCSS502 Kaupapa Māori ResearchSPLS501 Researching Sport and Leisure
DSOE557 Research MethodsPCSS503 Indigenous and Post-Colonial Perspectives in EducationSPLS502 Sport, Fitness & Health: Science in Practice
DSOE590 Directed StudyPCSS506 Contemporary Perspectives in Social Sciences EducationSPLS503 Education Outdoors
DSOE592 DissertationPCSS507 Global Citizenship and International Development EducationSPLS504 Sport and Communities
DSOE593 Education ThesisPCSS508 Educational PolicySPLS505 Youth Culture and Sport
DSOE594 Education ThesisPCSS511 Curriculum Policy and PossibilitiesSPLS507 Sporting Bodies and Movement Culture
GEOG504 Geographies of EducationPCSS513 Philosophy of EducationSPLS508 Health and Physical Education in Schools
HDCO501 Ageing and SocietyPCSS514 Foucault, Education and the SelfSPLS520 Special Topic
HDCO502 Educational Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing ContextsPCSS530 Issues in Adult and Tertiary EducationSPLS590 Directed Study
HDCO503 Young People in Contemporary New Zealand SocietyPCSS587 Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and EducationSPLS592 Dissertation
HDCO504 Difference and Diversity in Human DevelopmentPCSS588 Global Education and the Openness RevolutionSPLS593 Sport and Leisure Studies Thesis
HDCO510 Innovations in TeachingPCSS589 Global Processes, Education and New Media CulturesSPLS594 Sport and Leisure Studies Thesis
HDCO515 Developmental Issues in Early AdolescencePCSS591 DissertationSTER508 Science Education
HDCO521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion StudiesPCSS592 DissertationSTER511 Technology Education
HDCO522 Project in Disability and Inclusion StudiesPCSS593 Education Studies ThesisSTER512 Innovations in Science, Technology or Environmental Education
HDCO524 Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of TalentPCSS594 Education Studies ThesisSTER513 Environmental and Sustainability Education
HDCO540 Working with GroupsPROF500 Educational Leadership: Organisational DevelopmentSTER590 Directed Study
HDCO541 Counselling SkillsPROF502 Educational Leadership: Issues and PerspectivesSTER592 Dissertation
HDCO542 Counselling PracticumPROF503 The Practices of TeachingSTER593 Science and Technology Education Thesis
HDCO543 Counselling Young People and FamiliesPROF504 Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and CommunitiesSTER594 Science and Technology Education Thesis
HDCO544 Discourse and Counselling PsychologiesPROF505 Educational Leadership for Social Justice 
HDCO545 Professional Practice of CounsellingPROF506 Educational Assessment

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