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.

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 and enrolment

Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B average and a 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.


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
Associate Professor Rachel McNae
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 7731
Room: TT2.12

Degree Structure

Students are required to complete 180 points. There are three options regarding how study can be planned (refer to pdf/handbook pg 11 in link)


PROF500 Educational Leadership: Organisational Development

PROF502 Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives

and one of the two Research Methods paper options:


DSOE557 Research Methods OR PCSS502 Kaupapa Māori Research
And at least one from: TWED590 Directed Study TWED592 Dissertation OR TWED593 Masters Thesis


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

*For further academic advice about independent study (directed study, dissertation or masters thesis) or other optional papers contact the programme advisers.