Master of Educational Leadership

Enhance your career prospects with a specialised programme that challenges you personally and professionally. Make a difference to the quality of education and create opportunities for your future leadership in education.

Work with academics who are internationally recognised for their leadership research and practice. Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader.

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.

Programme highlights:

  • Examine leadership systems and practices to support change and innovation in organisational contexts.
  • Inquire into personal leadership practice.
  • Understand, critique and contribute to the educational research that is shaping New Zealand's educational policy and practice
  • Locate leadership work in a framework of social justice and seek to make a difference for high-needs students.
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effeictive educational leader
  • Enhance leadership networks by contributing to a vibrant professional learning community
  • Flexible delivery (NET/Block course)

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

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Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B average and a teaching qualification, and two years teaching experience.

Please include in your online application a 100-300 word statement describing your professional background and reasons for choosing this 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 subject to meeting eligibility requirements.

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information


Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

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

Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy
Programme Advisor 
Associate Professor Rachel McNae
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 7731
Room: TT2.12

Degree Structure

Students are required to complete 180 points and there are three options regarding how study can be planned.  You do not need to commit to a plan from the outset; we recommend students start with the two required content papers and see how their ideas develop.


PROF500 Educational Leadership: Organisational Development

PROF502 Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives

and one of the two Research Methods paper options:

Research / Research Methods

DSOE557 Research Methods


PCSS502 Kaupapa Māori Research

And at least one from:

TWED590 Directed Study (30 points)

TWED592 Dissertation (60 points)


TWED593 Masters Thesis (90 points)
TWED594 (120 points - May be available, please contact the programme advisor)


Choose remaining papers from:

PROF504 Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities

PROF505 Educational Leadership for Social Justice

PROF507 Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring

PROF508 Developing Effective Principalship

PROF509 Educational Leadership: Advanced Skills for Coaching and Mentoring

PROF580 Professional Education Seminar *Contact programme advisor before applying to enrol in this paper.

*30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree