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Education

Teaching at the University of Waikato sets you up to become a skilled and reflective teacher. We produce qualified teachers who are in high demand both in New Zealand and around the world. We also offer Education subjects for the Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degrees, and a range of postgraduate qualifications.

Garth Edwards

Graduate Diploma of Teaching


Nick Powell

Master of Education


The study of education encompasses a broad range of options that reflect the far-reaching nature of the field. Educationists are interested in how knowledge, skills and values are constructed, accumulated, and conveyed through formal and informal means.

The papers available in the subject Education provide opportunities for academic and professional development for those employed in the education sector. It is possible to plan a programme that is tailored to individuals' intellectual and/or professional needs. Students who are not necessarily working in the education sector may wish to consider the subject Education Studies.

Subjects

Teaching (Early Childhood)

Prepare yourself for a career working in a variety of childhood settings with children from birth up to six years old.
Gain theoretical and practical experience as you learn about all the aspects of Te Whariki – the Early Childhood curriculum.

It's an integrated programme with seven major themes: bicultural development; cultural diversity; equity and social justice; inclusion; parents and whanau; transition to school; and infants and toddlers.

Teaching (Primary)

Prepare yourself for a career in primary, composite, intermediate and middle schools or kura, working with children from five to 13 years old.

You'll gain a solid foundation in all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum. You'll also learn about professional and ethical practices, child development, issues that face teachers and learners with special needs, teaching children from diverse backgrounds, classroom management, environmental education for sustainability, and the wider contexts of school, community and national systems.

On practicum, you'll take an active role in the classroom over several weeks in a school, under the guidance of an associate teacher. This includes a minimum of one day per week in the first year of your degree, a six week block in second year and an eight week block in third year.

Teaching (Secondary)

As a graduate of this programme you will be among the best prepared teaching graduates and highly regarded by education employers, within NZ and overseas.

You'll have the understanding, skills and academic requirements to be an early childhood, primary or secondary teacher.
You'll be eligible to apply for a provisional practicing certificate, and after two years of full time teaching be granted a full practicing certificate with the New Zealand Education Council.

Teaching (Māori Medium/Te Ropu Tohu Paerua)

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education is committed to the education and development of Māori. We cater for students seeking support and teaching qualifications, teachers interested in professional development and researchers keen to contribute new knowledge.

Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato The University of Waikato and Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education has always had a strong affinity with Māori. Many of our graduates are now influential leaders in Māori education working in wānanga, universities, schools and government departments.

Education Studies

Education Studies today has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring issues of social policy, culture, gender, work and leisure. Since education is as much concerned with who we might become as who we already are, it is relevant to all our collective and personal decision-making on questions of justice, rights and freedom.

Education Studies is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Education Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

Human Development

The Human Development programme explores the development of individuals, families, groups and communities throughout the human lifespan. It is important for those wishing to go into professions such as youth work, eldercare, social work, counselling and teaching. An understanding of human development is relevant to many other careers that involve working with or for people.

Papers  develop skills relevant to career objectives such as human relations, human services, programme planning, community liaison, counselling, policy and evaluation, administration of programs concerned with the family or other groups and research.

Health, Sport and Human Performance

As one of the country's fastest growing industries, health and sport now contributes over $12 Billion dollars per year to New Zealand. Study in health, sport and human performance will reward you with exciting career opportunities and the chance to help improve the physical, social and mental well-being of others.

Our facilities boast the latest equipment in sport science specialisations, namely The University of Waikato Sports Laboratory at the Avantidrome and The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance, in Tauranga. Both are equipped with cutting-edge facilities to test athlete performance, exercise and recovery, including an environmental chamber for altitude training.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg)

Teachers are influential community members, making a difference to young people and their learning, knowledge and skill acquisition. They play a major role in helping their students develop their independence and success in their lives.

As a graduate of this programme you will be among the best prepared teaching graduates and highly regarded by education employers, within NZ and overseas. You'll have the understanding, skills and academic requirements to be an early childhood, primary or secondary teacher. You'll be eligible to apply for a provisional practicing certificate, and after two years of full time teaching be granted a full practicing certificate with the New Zealand Education Council. 82% of recent teaching graduates are in employment.

Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance Studies (BHSHP)

As one of New Zealand's fastest growing industries, the sport and leisure industry provides exciting career opportunities. The Waikato Bachelor of Health, Sport & Human Performance Studies (previously known as Bachelor of Sport & Leisure Studies) will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills to excel in this dynamic environment, and help to improve the physical, social and mental well-being of others.

Our facilities boast the latest equipment in sport science specialisations, namely The University of Waikato Sports Laboratory at the Cambridge Avantidrome and The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance, in Tauranga. Both are equipped with cutting-edge facilities to test athlete performance, exercise and recovery, including an environmental chamber for altitude training.

Master of Counselling (MCouns)

The Master of Counselling (MCouns) is established as a flagship degree that has seen 92% of graduates over the past six years gain successful employment.

The degree has specifically been designed for professional counsellors or supervisors interested in leadership roles within the New Zealand counselling profession.

The programme has a key teaching focus on providing experiences in which you can further develop your professional attitudes, knowledge and competencies in the areas of counselling, group leadership, mediation and practitioner research. You'll graduate with a high level of knowledge and understanding through the narrative practice this programme is known for.

Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies (MDInS)

The Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies examines the issues which produce various related social norms and sets out to produce practitioners who challenge them. The programme explores contemporary theories, methodologies and practices related to the broad field of disability and inclusion studies.

This programme is known for its grounding in a social justice model of inclusive community and educational practice and is relevant for a variety of professionals working in community organisations and schools, and those concerned with disability advocacy and rights.

Studying the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies (MDInS) you'll gain a stronger understanding of social life and the differences between us, and challenge current approaches used in the education sector and beyond.

Master of Education (MEd)

This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, know;edge 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.

Master of Educational Leadership (MEdLeadership)

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 one calendar year.

Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance (MHSHP)

Studying the Master of Health, Sport and Human Performance (MHSHP),  you'll explore how psychological or physiological factors influence movement and performance in sport and exercise. Throughout your course of study you'll receive opportunities to get involved in real world research to make a difference in people’s lives, as well as connect with elite athletes and teams.

You will work in our high-tech laboratories at the Cambridge Avantidrome or the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance in Tauranga, and will benefit from our collaborative relationships established with local organisations. These partnerships bring about opportunities for you to connect with elite athletes and teams for research including; Waikato Chiefs, BoP Magic, Cycling NZ and community organisations such as Parafed, Disabilities Waikato and Sport Waikato.

Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn)

The Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary, Secondary) is an intensive one-year programme that prepares students with specialist skills and enhanced knowledge teaching in primary, secondary or Māori medium kura or whārekura settings.

This programme, available in English or Maori Medium, develops students' critical understanding of research-based pedagogical approaches, learning theory, inquiry skills and content knowledge so that they are able to effectively teach diverse learners in New Zealand schools.

Students also gain valuable practical experience, working at least 40 weeks of the year in a variety of classroom settings, with the professional support of faculty lecturers and mentor teachers.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (GradDipT)

Prepare yourself for a career in secondary schools, working with young people aged 13-18 years old. The University of Waikato can prepare you for most curriculum subjects. There are currently shortages in english, maths, science, technology and te reo Māori.

This programme consists of eight compulsory papers (120 points, with 80 points at 300 level), including three curriculum subject papers, two teaching practicum and three Professional Education papers. Learn how to teach your curriculum areas and develop skills in teaching and learning.

Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCERTTCHG)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCertTertTchg) reflects the University of Waikato's commitment to quality teaching and its expectation that tertiary teaching staff undertake such professional development programmes. It is offered by the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learnings' Teaching Development and is conferred by the Faculty of Education through the Department of Professional Studies.

Prescriptions for the Dip(Ed) and GradDip(Ed)

The Diploma in Education (Dip(Ed)) and the Graduate Diploma in Education (GradDip(Ed)) are available for students who want to broaden their knowledge in the area of education. The GradDip(Ed) is also suitable for graduates from a teacher education programme who wish to develop their curriculum and pedagogical knowledge. The Dip(Ed) and the GradDip(Ed) do not lead to teacher registration in New Zealand. Programmes of study for the GradDip(Ed) should be planned with the intention to create a strong basis for further study at postgraduate level. Initial inquiries should be made to the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Education.

The Dip(Ed) consists of 120 points, including 80 points at 200 level or above, taken from the prescriptions for Arts Education, Education, Education and Society, Language and Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, and/or Science Technology and Environmental Education.

The GradDip(Ed) consists of 120 points, including at least 80 points at 300 level or above, taken from the list below and/or the prescriptions for Arts Education, Education, Education and Society, Language and Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, and/or Science Technology and Environmental Education. Within the GradDip(Ed) a specialisation in Arts Education is available. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Faculty of Education.

100 Level

Academic FoundationsACAD10115.0 Points
Foundational Experiences in Arts EducationARTSE10015.0 Points
Developing Digital FluencyDLRNG10015.0 Points
The New Zealand Educational ContextEDSOC10115.0 Points
Learning and Teaching 1EDUCA11015.0 Points
Lifespan DevelopmentHMDEV10015.0 Points

200 Level

300 Level

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Ed), PGDip(Ed) and MEd

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, students must take 60 points at 500 level from the papers listed below or from the prescriptions for Arts Education, Education, Education Studies, Language and Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, and Science and Technology Education.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, students must take 120 points at 500 level, including DSOE557 or PCSS502 and at least 60 points from the papers listed below or from the prescriptions for Arts Education, Education, Education Studies, Language and Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, and Science and Technology Education.

Within the Postgraduate Certificate specialisations are available in eEducation and Restorative Practices. Within the Postgraduate Diploma specialisations are available in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education, eEducation, Global Studies in Education, Guidance and Pastoral Care, Maori Medium Teaching/Te Ropu Tohu Paerua, Middle Schooling, Music Education, or Restorative Practices. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Faculty of Education Postgraduate Studies Handbook.

To complete an MEd, students must take 180 points at 500 level from the papers listed below or from the prescriptions for Arts Education, Education, Education Studies, Language and Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, and Science and Technology Education, including either DSOE557 or PCSS502 and one of a Directed Study equivalent to 30 points, or a Dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or a Thesis equivalent to 90 or 120 points.

Within the Master of Education specialisations are available in Global Studies in Education and Professional Learning. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Faculty of Education Postgraduate Studies Handbook.

Candidates who hold a BTchg(Hons) or a PGDip(Ed) must take a further 120 points at 500 level, including any required papers, to complete the Master of Education.

Critical Literacy in CurriculumALED50230.0 Points
Second Language Learners and Learning in Mainstream ClassroomsALED50730.0 Points
Literacy and Technology: Implications for EducationALED50930.0 Points
Music Education: Theory and Practice 1ALED51230.0 Points
Family and Community Literacies: Theories, Practices and ProgrammesALED51630.0 Points
Special TopicDSOE51010.0 Points
Special TopicDSOE51515.0 Points
Research MethodsDSOE55730.0 Points
Directed StudyDSOE59030.0 Points
DissertationDSOE59260.0 Points
Education ThesisDSOE59390.0 Points
Education ThesisDSOE594120.0 Points
Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theoriesEDUCA50030.0 Points
Ageing and SocietyHDCO50130.0 Points
Restorative Practices in EducationHDCO56530.0 Points
Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori ResearchMAOED50030.0 Points
Matauranga Reo MaoriMBED50130.0 Points
Tirohanga WhakahaereMBED50230.0 Points
Te Whakaora Reo: Matauranga RumakiMBED50330.0 Points
Global Citizenship and International Development EducationPCSS50730.0 Points
The Practices of TeachingPROF50330.0 Points
Educational AssessmentPROF50630.0 Points
Digital Technologies in the Classroom: New pedagogies, new practicesPROF52130.0 Points
Teaching and Learning using the InternetPROF52230.0 Points
Learning and Leadership in the Communication AgePROF52430.0 Points
eLearning Policy to Practice in the New Zealand ContextPROF52530.0 Points
Professional Learning and DevelopmentPROF54030.0 Points
Using Evidence for Effective PracticePROF54130.0 Points
Educational Leadership in Higher EducationPROF56015.0 Points
Coaching, Mentoring and Skilful Conversations in Higher EducationPROF56315.0 Points
Professional Learning in Education PracticeRPLC50030.0 Points
Disciplinary Inquiry in the ClassroomTHED58030.0 Points
Directed StudyTHED59030.0 Points
DissertationTHED59260.0 Points
ThesisTHED59390.0 Points
ThesisTHED594120.0 Points
Directed StudyTOED59030.0 Points
DissertationTOED59260.0 Points
ThesisTOED59390.0 Points
ThesisTOED594120.0 Points
Directed StudyTWED59030.0 Points
DissertationTWED59260.0 Points
ThesisTWED59390.0 Points
ThesisTWED594120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD and EdD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

The Doctor of Education is a professional doctorate for senior practitioners in their fields who are proven excellent scholars, and who want to commit themselves to supporting and developing their profession through research. Papers will be offered subject to staffing. Intending students should discuss their programme with the Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies.

Faculty of Education PhD ThesisDSOE900120.0 Points
EdD ThesisDSOE994120.0 Points
EdD Research PortfolioDSOE995120.0 Points

Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education:

Phone: 0800 832 242

Email: teach@waikato.ac.nz