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MEd

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 curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice.

Nick Powell

Education


Programme Highlights

  • Our world renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas.
  • Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over 18 months.

The Faculty of Education offers a postgraduate study award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the Faculty’s initial teacher education programmes and students. More information on Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award

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.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B average in the third year and a teaching qualification.

Please include in your online application a 100-300 word statement describing your professional background and reasons for choosing this qualification.

120 point Master of Education available subject to meeting eligibility requirements. MEd Regulations

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information

RPLC500 Paper Outline

STEM Education

This specialisation offers professional development for teachers of specific curriculum subjects. An integrated approach is taken to education across all the STEM (Science, Technology, Environmental Education and Mathematics) subjects. Students will develop their own approach to teaching their specialist subject(s), and will be supported to complete an evidence-based inquiry on a teaching-related topic of their own choosing.

Required papers

At least 60 points from the following papers:

  • STER508 Science Education
  • STER511 Technology Education
  • STER512 Innovations in Science, Technology or Environmental Education
  • STER513 Environmental and Sustainability Education
  • MSTE501 Mathematics Education
  • MSTE502 Acquiring Numeracy: How Thinking Develops
  • MSTE503 Effective Practice in the Mathematics Classroom
Required research methods and research papers

See Degree Structure tab

Programme advisor


Global Studies in Education

Global Studies in Education builds upon the traditions of comparative and international education as well as philosophy and sociology of education to explore and research the global dimensions of education. Our courses address globalisation, internationalization and interconnectivity; bicultural, multicultural and intercultural education and dialogue; education policy, politics and governance; global youth cultures and identities; new media and popular cultures; gender, class and racial inequalities; the political economy of knowledge production and knowledge management; education and development; the new global ecologies of learning; open education; and global citizenship.

Our courses are suitable for educators in all sectors of the community.

Required papers

  • PCSS587 Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education
  • And at least 30 points from the following papers:
    • PCSS507 Global Citizenship and International Development Education
    • PCSS589 Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures
Required research methods and research papers

See Degree Structure tab

Programme advisor


Professional Learning

This programme is offered for mid-career educators and professional learning facilitators, who work as leaders of professional learning initiatives with colleagues in schools and other communities of practice, where professional learning is an on-going expectation. The programme aims to support the development of practice of these professionals so that they are recognised as excellent practitioners of in-service professional learning. Students must have at least five years’ experience in a relevant professional context, and be currently employed in a relevant professional context.

Required papers

  • PROF540 Professional Learning and Development
  • PROF541 Using Evidence for Effective Practice
Required research methods and research papers

See Degree Structure tab

Option papers

You may choose further papers from any subject listing offered for the Master of Education or Master of Educational Leadership.

Programme advisors

Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

Faculty Administrator - Postgraduate Tracey Rowan
Phone: +64 (7) 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Room: TC.2.46 
Email: educ_grad@waikato.ac.nz

Faculty Co-ordinator - Postgraduate Studies (Tauranga) - Dr Nigel Calder
Phone: +64 (7) 577 8753
Room: WIND.V21
Email: nigel.calder@waikato.ac.nz

Degree Structure

Students may focus their degree in a subject or a named MEd specialisation. It is also possible to create a personal programme of study by choosing the subject Education and taking a focused selection of papers.

The requirements are 180 points including:

  • at least 60 points from the list for the subject or specialisation
  • an approved Research Methods paper
  • at least 30 points of independent supervised research in the area of the specialisation or subject

30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree. Master of Educational Leadership

There are normally three options regarding how study can be planned. See the 180 Point Masters Study Plan Options.

Research Methods/Research

One of:

And at least one from:

Research Ethics Application

MEd Specialisations

  • STEM Education
  • Global Studies in Education
  • Professional Learning

Please see Course Information tab for Specialisation papers.

MEd Subjects

Adult Learning

The subject of Adult Learning aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching processes, practices and structures in this area. It equips graduates with the knowledge to work alongside adults in New Zealand tertiary institutions such as adult and community education agencies, polytechnics, private training establishments, wananga and universities.

At least 60 points from Adult Learning:

  • PCSS530 Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education

Please contact Programme Advisor to discuss your programme.

Programme Advisor

Professor Brian Findsen
Email: brian.findsen@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4500 extn 8257
Room: TL.2.13


Arts Education

This subject is concerned with the study of teaching and learning art, music, dance and drama in the education sectors, as well as in the population more generally.

At least 60 points from:

  • ALED510 Contemporary Themes in Arts Education
  • ALED515 Drama as Pedagogy: The Mantle of the Expert

For required research methods and research papers, see above.

Further papers will be offered from 2019. These will include a general Arts Education paper and papers in specialists Arts Education areas. For further information please contact the Programme Advisor.

Programme Advisor
Claire Coleman
Email: claire.coleman@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 7867
Room: TC.3.26


Counselling Studies

This programme is designed to give access to Counselling Studies within an education orientation. It is not a professional counselling qualification, but offers an introduction to practice skills within specific contexts. For example, qualified teachers who see their future in the pastoral network of a school can use these papers to develop their skills in and understanding of guidance and pastoral care.

At least 60 points from:

  • HDCO540 Working with Groups
  • HDCO546 Conflict Resolution: Restorative Practices
  • HDCO549 Counselling and Contexts
  • HDCO565 Restorative Practices in Education not offered in 2018

For required research methods and research papers, see above

Programme Advisor 
Paul Flanagan 
Email: paul.flanagan@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4500 ext 7728
Room: TT.5.09


Education

Students may choose papers from across the lists for the subjects or specialisations offered for the Master of Education, or choose one of the programmes of study within the subject Education.

Early Years Education
This area of study focuses on aspects of early years from birth to the middle school period of life and learning. These papers are especially relevant for those with a background in early childhood education who wish to further/deepen their understandings of pedagogy and curriculum with young children and examine issues, policies and philosophies that impact on infants, toddlers and young children, as well as teachers, parents and communities.

  • HDCO502 Educational and Life Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing Contexts
  • PCSS513 Educational Thought
  • PROF513 Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
  • PROF533 Engaging Families and Communities in Early Years Programmes: Collaborative and Cultural Inquiry Approaches
  • PROF551 Special Topic: Challenging Practice through Dialogue for 21st Century Learners

Programme Advisor 
Jayne White
Email: jayne.white@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 8744
Room: V 19 Windermere Campus

eEducation

This programme is targeted at students, teachers and others involved with digital technologies at all levels of education who wish to develop their knowledge and practice of using them for teaching and learning purposes. The programme encompasses both online learning and emerging classroom and institution-based eLearning practice, and provides a sound platform for students wishing to progress to dissertation or thesis-level study in either of these areas. This programme is fully online and combines contemporary asynchronous and synchronous online learning technologies. All papers are thematically-based and offer participants opportunities to explore areas of personal and professional interest and relevance.

  • PROF521 Digital Technologies in the Classroom: New Pedagogies, New Practices
  • PROF522 Teaching and Learning Using the Internet - not offered in 2018
  • PROF524 Learning and Leadership in the Communication Age
  • PROF525 E-Learning Policy to Practice in the New Zealand Context - not offered in 2018

Programme Advisor 
Dianne Forbes
Email: dianne.forbes@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 7844
Room: TL.3.14

Postgraduate Diploma in Education with a Specialisation in eEducation


Education and Society

Education and Society involves critical inquiry into the social political, cultural, economic and personal theories and practices of lifelong education. Whilst its origins are in humanities and social sciences disciplines such as History, Philosophy and Sociology, Education and Society today has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring issues of social policy, culture, gender, critical pedagogy, globalisation, and curriculum.

At least 60 points from:

  • PCSS503 Indigenous and Post-Colonial Global Perspectives in Education
  • PCSS507 Global Citizenship and International Development Education not offered in 2018
  • PCSS508 Education Policy and Society
  • PCSS513 Educational Thought
  • PCSS530 Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education
  • PCSS587 Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education
  • PCSS589 Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures

For required research methods and research papers, see above.

Programme Advisor
Professor Brian Findsen
Email: brian.findsen@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4500 extn 8257
Room: TL.2.13


Human Development

Human Development critically examines diverse expressions of development. It explores the contextual, cultural and relational influences on individuals, families, groups and communities throughout the human lifespan. Graduates will be able to use their knowledge to enhance practice and policy imperatives in a range of careers of that involve working with or for people.

At least 60 points from:

  • HDCO502 Educational and Life Transitions: Changing roles, and changing contexts
  • HDCO503 Development of Children and Young People: International Perspectives
  • HDCO504 Difference and Diversity in Human Development
  • HDCO521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies
  • HDCO540 Working with Groups
  • HDCO544 Discourse and Counselling Psychologies
  • HDCO549 Counselling and Contexts
  • HDCO565 Restorative Practices in Education - not offered in 2018
  • HDCO524 Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent

For required research methods and research papers, see above.

Programme Advisor
Dr Nadine Ballam
Email: nadine.ballam@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 557 8940
Room: WIND V113


Language and Literacy Education

This programme of study builds on your educational experiences, and provides opportunities to explore a variety of theoretical perspectives, approaches and issues as indicated by the papers offered. The purpose of these papers is to enable educators to deepen their knowledge of classroom practices, explore literacy acquisition in a diverse range of contexts, develop greater expertise in literacy leadership, and provide background for future literacy research interests.

At least 60 points from:

  • ALED501 Literacy Education: Approaches and Perspectives
  • ALED504 Reading Difficulties
  • ALED522 Best Practice in the Writing Classroom
  • ALED523 Using Literature in the Primary and Secondary Classroom

For required research methods and research papers, see above.

Programme Advisor
Wendy Carss
Email: wendy.carss@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 7862
Room: TC.3.27


Mathematics Education

This programme of study caters for practising teachers who wish to strengthen their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in mathematics, or become curriculum leaders in mathematics/numeracy within their school, newly graduated teachers who wish to strengthen their PCK in mathematics, or become curriculum leaders in mathematics/numeracy within a school in the future.

A Ministry of Education fees subsidy may be available for some papers in this programme of study. Check maths.co.nz for updated Tertiary Fees Funding Support information.

At least 60 points from:

  • MSTE501 Mathematics Education
  • MSTE502 Acquiring Numeracy: How Thinking Develops
  • MSTE503 Effective Practice in the Mathematics classroom

Required research methods and research papers see above.

Programme Advisor
Brenda Bicknell
Email: brenda.bicknell@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 6971
Room:  TC.2.40


Science, Technology and Environmental Education

This subject offers professional development for teachers of these curriculum subjects. An integrated approach is taken to education across Science, Technology, and Environmental Education. Students will develop their own approach to teaching their specialist subject(s). Students will be supported to complete an evidence-based inquiry on a teaching-related topic of their own choosing. Please note that a specialisation for the MEd is available in STEM Education in which students can take papers from across all four contributing subjects, including Mathematics Education.

At least 60 points from:

  • STER508 Science Education
  • STER511 Technology Education
  • STER512 Innovations in Science, Technology or Environmental Education
  • STER513 Environmental and Sustainability Education

For required research methods and research papers, see above.

Programme Advisor
Dr Louise Milne
Email: louise.milne@waikato.ac.nz
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 4680
Room: TC.4.05


Postgraduate Diploma in Education (120 points)

At least 90 points from 500 level Education papers.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education with a Specialisation in Māori Medium Teaching/Te Rōpū Tohu Paerua

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (60 points)

60 points from 500 level Education papers.