Breadcrumbs

Map NZ Map World

Adult Learning

The Adult Learning programmes equip graduates with the knowledge to work alongside adults in New Zealand tertiary institutions (adult and community education agencies, polytechnics, private training establishments, wananga and universities).

Adult Learning was previously known as Adult Education and Training.

The Graduate Diploma in Adult Learning is designed for graduates from any subject who are interested in fostering learning among adults. It aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching structures, processes and practices in this area.

Initial enquiries should be made to the Postgraduate Studies Office, Faculty of Education.

Apply to enrol

Key information

Faculty:

Study Adult Learning in these qualifications

Adult Learning as a specialisation of

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDUCA110Learning and Teaching 118A (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will examine personal experiences that shape views of learning and teaching, theories of learning, and a range of innovative teaching practices to engage diverse learners.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE201Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Communities18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to develop understanding of sociological analyses and critiques of health promotion and to develop comprehension of the relationship between practice and the wider cultural, environmental, political, and social contexts in which health promotion occurs.
EDSOC200Education and New Zealand Society18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects. It examines how the interrelationships between education and society change over time.
EDSOC202Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults18A (Hamilton)
This paper investigates fundamental concepts of adult learning and then studies some adult learning theorists whose work is relevant to programme development. Major bottom-up and top-down approaches are taken to understand the dynamics of programme development. Students develop and apply their own approach to development, implement...
EDUCA210Learning and Teaching 218B (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will examine diverse experiences of learners and teachers to build an understanding of multiple perspectives, influential pedagogies, and critical approaches to learning challenges.
HMDEV202Adult Development and Ageing18A (Online)
This paper draws on theories from developmental psychology, sociology, demography, philosophy and biology to examine learning and change processes through adulthood, and discusses implications for personal and social development.
SOCWK205Community Development18A (Tauranga)
This paper critically explores the evolution, dimensions and practice of community development in Aoteoroa New Zealand including Maori development. It also focuses on the strategies, skills and tools necessary for community development practice.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HDCO302Ageing in an Ageing SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
LBST331Education, Skill and Employment18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper provides an examination of current policies, issues and institutions in workers' education and training. Assignments are designed to help students acquire practical skills for employment in industry training, areas relevant to labour studies or in related policy development and analysis.
PCSS302Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. The aim of the paper is to consider how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self in relation to knowledge, and then to delve into issues around the uptake and transmission of knowledge.
PCSS304History of New Zealand Education18B (Hamilton)
A study of education policy and its lived effects within the distinctive contexts of New Zealand's schools and other educational settings.
PCSS330Adults Learning for Life18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the character of adult learning from varied perspectives including an analysis of specific social issues in the field. It focuses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
SOCW305Community Development18A (Tauranga)
This paper critically explores the evolution, dimensions and practice of community development in Aoteoroa New Zealand. It also focuses on the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for community development practice, including the key factors and the role of Iwi, hapu and Whanau in Maori development.
SPLS311Healthy Communities, Healthy Lifestyles18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper will enable students to develop a critical sociological perspective of health promotion and the relationship between the individual and community and public health policies which may affect the adoption of healthy lifestyles.

Prescriptions for the GradDip(AdLg)

To complete a Graduate Diploma in Adult Learning, students must complete 120 points, including both EDSOC202 and PCSS330, at least 15 points from HMDEV202 and/or EDUCA210, and the remaining points from HDCO302, LBST331, PCSS302, SOCW305 or other approved papers at 300 level or above.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CMYHE201Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Communities18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to develop understanding of sociological analyses and critiques of health promotion and to develop comprehension of the relationship between practice and the wider cultural, environmental, political, and social contexts in which health promotion occurs.
EDSOC202Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults18A (Hamilton)
This paper investigates fundamental concepts of adult learning and then studies some adult learning theorists whose work is relevant to programme development. Major bottom-up and top-down approaches are taken to understand the dynamics of programme development. Students develop and apply their own approach to development, implement...
EDUCA110Learning and Teaching 118A (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will examine personal experiences that shape views of learning and teaching, theories of learning, and a range of innovative teaching practices to engage diverse learners.
EDUCA210Learning and Teaching 218B (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will examine diverse experiences of learners and teachers to build an understanding of multiple perspectives, influential pedagogies, and critical approaches to learning challenges.
HDCO302Ageing in an Ageing SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
HMDEV202Adult Development and Ageing18A (Online)
This paper draws on theories from developmental psychology, sociology, demography, philosophy and biology to examine learning and change processes through adulthood, and discusses implications for personal and social development.
LBST331Education, Skill and Employment18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper provides an examination of current policies, issues and institutions in workers' education and training. Assignments are designed to help students acquire practical skills for employment in industry training, areas relevant to labour studies or in related policy development and analysis.
PCSS302Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. The aim of the paper is to consider how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self in relation to knowledge, and then to delve into issues around the uptake and transmission of knowledge.
PCSS330Adults Learning for Life18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the character of adult learning from varied perspectives including an analysis of specific social issues in the field. It focuses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
SOCW305Community Development18A (Tauranga)
This paper critically explores the evolution, dimensions and practice of community development in Aoteoroa New Zealand. It also focuses on the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for community development practice, including the key factors and the role of Iwi, hapu and Whanau in Maori development.

Prescriptions for the MEd

To complete a Master of Education in Adult Learning, students must complete 180 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the following list, and an approved research methods paper. Students will normally be expected to focus their required independent research on a topic related to Adult Learning.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HDCO501Ageing and SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
PCSS530Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education18B (Hamilton)
This paper will investigate issues in current theory, policy and practices in adult and tertiary education locally and internationally. In the course of this enquiry, students will be expected to critique multiple perspectives, develop a coherent philosophical base and a research design to address a specific issue.

Phillipa  Cosgriff One of my highlights was the opportunity to have thought-provoking discussions with other students. I found my studies so useful that I continued with a postgraduate diploma and a PhD.

Read stories from other students


Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Find your scholarship


Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

Phone: 0800 832 242

Email: teach@waikato.ac.nz