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Mathematics Education

Expand your knowledge of mathematics and numeracy to enhance your career opportunities and capabilities.

This subject 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

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

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Key information

Study Mathematics Education in these qualifications

Mathematics Education as a specialisation of

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MTHED100Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics for Educators18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to key conceptual understandings in mathematics for educators. It explores how mathematics is best taught through conceptual understanding rather than by rote or procedural means, connections with everyday life, and effective pedagogy.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
TEMS322Current Issues in Teaching and Learning Mathematics18B (Online)
This paper builds on and consolidates subject and pedagogical content knowledge in mathematics. It addresses issues such as communication, use of technology, diverse learners, and assessment to extend understanding of children's learning.
TEMS324Numeracy in the Classroom18C (Block), 18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on international mathematics education reform approaches to the teaching of mathematics/numeracy. It provides a critical analysis of theoretical issues underpinning the teaching and learning of mathematics, and makes connections between the current curriculum document, the mathematics standards, and the New Zeala...
THED390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the PGDip(MathsEd) and MEd

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education, students must take 120 points at 500 level, including a mathematics education paper taken from the following list, a directed study in mathematics education, an educational research methods paper, and a further paper in either mathematics or education.

To complete the Master of Education with a focus on Mathematics Education, students will normally complete 180 points at 500 level from the following list, including one of DSOE557, EDUCA500 or MAOED500, and one of a Directed Study equivalent 30 points, a Dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or a Thesis equivalent to 90 or 120 points.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSOE557Research Methods18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Online) & 18S (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
DSOE590Directed Study18D (Hamilton) & 18D (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories18B (Block - Tauranga)
Cullturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge.
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research18C (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to explore Kaupapa Maori research theory and methodologies, developing more informed and culturally located and responsive research practice, with a particular focus on researching in Maori educational contexts.
MSTE501Mathematics Education18B (Online)
This paper is designed to enable teachers to develop their mathematics teaching with learners of all ages. Teachers will be encouraged to engage critically with theory and research in mathematics education, focusing on issues such as communication, assessment, and catering for diverse learners.
MSTE502Acquiring Numeracy: How Thinking Develops18A (Block - Tauranga)
This paper looks at how students' thinking becomes increasingly sophisticated as their mathematical understanding grows. A particular focus of the paper is the ways that learning in mathematics can be enhanced, including using formative assessment and digital technologies effectively.
MSTE503Effective Practice in the Mathematics Classroom18C (Block)
This paper is for mathematics educators working with learners of all ages. It focuses on international reform approaches and provides critical analysis of issues underpinning the teaching and learning of mathematics.
MSTE504Numeracy Difficulties: Issues and PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
THED590Directed Study18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The Directed Study provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do a small piece of independent research under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
THED592Dissertation18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The two paper (60 point) Dissertation provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
THED593Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The three paper (90 point) Thesis provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
THED594Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The four paper (120 point) thesis provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.

Megan Smith Prior to coming to Waikato, Megan was running her own business as a Career Consultant. She was also President of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ). It was the frequent policy focus of this role, along with a career spent in the public sector, that led her to want to study public policy.

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