Master of Education

This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice.

Aminath Adam

Aminath is a doctoral student who is currently researching how ICT an be embedded in teacher education programmes. From the Maldives, she chose to study at Waikato for its rich academic learning space.

William Flavell

Japanese, Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Fluent in Japanese and te reo Māori, the high school teacher and MEd graduate has a passion for shaping the hearts, minds and experiences of young people.

Scott Henderson


Nick Powell

After 20 years of service with the Department of Corrections, Tauranga man Nick Powell felt an overwhelming need to do more to help the prisoners he worked with.

Programme Highlights

  • Our world renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas.
  • 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.

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
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first 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.


These are all the subjects available for the Master of Education

See the 'Degree Structure' tab for details of available subjects and specialisations.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B average in the third year and a teaching qualification.

Please include in your online application a 100-300 word statement describing your professional background and reasons for choosing this qualification.

120 point Master of Education available subject to meeting eligibility requirements. MEd Regulations

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information

RPLC500 Paper Outline


Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

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

Programme Adviser Professor
Brian Findsen
Phone: 07 838 4500 extn 8257
Room: TL.2.13

Faculty Co-ordinator - Postgraduate Studies (Tauranga)
Dr Nigel Calder
Phone: +64 (7) 577 8753
Room: WIND.V21

Degree Structure

Students may focus their degree in a subject or a named MEd specialisation. It is also possible to create a personal programme of study by choosing the subject Education and taking a focused selection of papers.

The requirements are 180 points including:

  • at least 60 points from the list for the subject or specialisation
  • an approved Research Methods paper
  • at least 30 points of independent supervised research in the area of the specialisation or subject

30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree, for example from the Master of Educational Leadership.

There are normally three options regarding how study can be planned. 180 Point Masters Study Plan Options.

Research Methods/Research

Choose one from:

And at least one from:

Research Ethics Application

MEd Subjects and Specialisations

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (120 points)

At least 90 points from 500-level Education papers.