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Master of Education

If you are an international student who is not currently in New Zealand, you can start this programme online in A Trimester 2021 (March) until you are able to join us on campus in New Zealand. See how to apply.

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.

Programme Highlights

  • Our world renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas.
  • Complete the MEd at a pace that suits you, part-time while you work or full-time over 18 months.

The School of Education offers an Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the School’s initial teacher education programmes and students.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
MEd Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,185-$7,740 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $31,615 (120 pts) or $47,425 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown 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.

Degree Planner

Structure of Programme

The requirements of the MEd are 180 points including:

  • at least 60 points from the list of papers for the subject or specialisation;
  • one of the research methods papers listed below; and
  • one of the research paper options listed below with a focus on the specialisation or subject.

30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree.

In order to be eligible for consideration for the award of honours, the requirements of the degree must be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study from the date of first enrolment in the degree - please see the MEd Regulations.

There are normally three options regarding how study can be planned.

Degree planner — Master of Education - Option 1

Including 30 point directed study.

Coursework

Subject Paper

30 points

Subject Paper

30 points

Option Paper

30 points

Option Paper

30 points

Research

Research Methods

30 points

Directed Study

30 points

  • Coursework
  • Research

Research Methods and Research

Choose one from:

  • EDUCA557 Research Methods
  • EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and critical theories
  • MAOED500 Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research

And one from:

Research is governed by the Ethical Conduct in Research Regulations. For advice about the online Research Ethics Application, please email [email protected].

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Master of Education - Option 2

Including 60 point dissertation (pathway option for doctoral study). Entry to the dissertation requires a B average across prior master's papers.

Coursework

Subject Paper
30 points

Subject Paper
30 points

Option Paper
30 points

Research

Research Methods
30 points

Dissertation
60 points

  • Coursework
  • Research

Research Methods and Research

Choose one from:

  • EDUCA557 Research Methods
  • EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and critical theories
  • MAOED500 Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research

And one from:

Research is governed by the Ethical Conduct in Research Regulations. For advice about the online Research Ethics Application, please email [email protected].

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Master of Education - Option 3

Including 90 point master's thesis (pathway option for doctoral study). Entry to the master's thesis requires a B+ average across prior master's papers.

Coursework

Subject Paper
30 points

Subject Paper
30 points

Research

Research Methods
30 points

Masters Thesis
90 points

  • Coursework
  • Research

Research Methods and Research

Choose one from:

  • EDUCA557 Research Methods
  • EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and critical theories
  • MAOED500 Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research

And one from:

Research is governed by the Ethical Conduct in Research Regulations. For advice about the online Research Ethics Application, please email [email protected].

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Subjects and Specialisations

Study in adult learning provides opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching processes, practices and structures in this area. It equips graduates with the knowledge to work alongside adults in New Zealand tertiary institutions such as adult and community education agencies, polytechnics, private training establishments, wānanga and universities.

At least 60 points from:

  • ADLNG500 Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education
  • HMDEV502 Diversity in Adulthood
  • EDUCA540 Professional Learning and Development

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

Study in arts education provides opportunities to specialise in the disciplines of visual art, music, dance and drama. It explores creative frameworks and encourages students to reflect on self, community and culture. Postgraduate study in arts education will be of interest to teachers, community arts practitioners, art therapists, artists and anyone interested in exploring the potential of the arts.

At least 60 points from:

  • EDART501 Contemporary Issues in Arts Education
  • EDART502 Critical Approaches in Applied Arts Education

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

Counselling Studies provides opportunities to study counselling as a subject with an education orientation. It is not a professional counselling qualification but offers an introduction to practice skills within specific contexts. For example, qualified teachers who see their future in the pastoral network of a school can use these papers to develop their skills in and understanding of guidance and pastoral care.

At least 60 points from:

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

For further information, please contact [email protected].

Students may choose papers from across the lists for the subjects or specialisations offered for the Master of Education, or choose one of the programmes of study within the subject Education.

Early Years Education

This programme of study focuses on aspects of early years from birth to the middle primary school period of life and learning. These papers are especially relevant for those with a background in early childhood education who wish to further develop their understanding of pedagogy and curriculum with young children. There are opportunities to examine issues, policies and philosophies that impact on infants, toddlers and young children, as well as teachers, parents and communities.

  • HMDEV501 Development of Children and Young People: International Perspectives
  • DINST513 Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
  • EDSOC533 Engaging Families and Communities in Early Years Programmes: Collaborative and Cultural Inquiry Approaches
  • EDSOC513 Educational Thought

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

eEducation

This programme of study is targeted at students, teachers and others involved at all levels of education and training who wish to develop their knowledge and practice using digital technologies for teaching and learning purposes. It encompasses both online teaching and learning, and emerging classroom and institution-based eEducation practice.

  • DLRNG521 Digital Technologies in the Classroom: New Pedagogies, New Practices - not offered in 2021
  • DLRNG522 Teaching and Learning Using the Internet
  • DLRNG524 Learning and Leadership in the Communication Age - not offered in 2021
  • DLRNG525 E-Learning Policy to Practice in New Zealand Context

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

Study in education and society provides opportunities for critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, economic and personal theories and practices of lifelong education. Whilst its origins are in the humanities and social sciences, it has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring issues of social policy, culture, gender, critical pedagogy, globalisation and curriculum.

At least 60 points from:

  • ADLNG500 Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education
  • EDSOC501 Education Policy and Society
  • EDSOC511 Curriculum Policy and Possibilities
  • EDSOC513 Educational Thought
  • EDSOC533 Engaging Families and Communities in Early Years Programmes: Collaborative and Cultural Inquiry Approaches
  • GLOBE503 Indigenous Educational Achievement and Worldview
  • GLOBE507 Global Citizenship and International Development Education
  • GLOBE587 Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education
  • GLOBE589 Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures
  • MAOED523 Maori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

This specialisation builds upon the traditions of comparative and international education programmes to explore the global dimensions of education. It provides opportunities to address themes such as globalisation, internationalisation, bicultural, multicultural and intercultural education, policy, popular cultures, inequalities and global citizenship.

Our courses are suitable for educators in all sectors of the community.

Required paper

  • GLOBE587 Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education
  • And at least 30 points from:
    • GLOBE507 Global Citizenship and International Development Education
    • GLOBE503 Indigenous Educational Achievement and Worldview
    • GLOBE589 Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

The subject human development is concerned with patterns of human growth and development in individuals and groups across the lifespan. Study in this field explores how and why stories about development change over time, and considers stories of development from the Aotearoa New Zealand context that coexist with traditional theories about development.

At least 60 points from:

  • COUNS540 Working with Groups
  • COUNS544 Discourse and Counselling Psychologies
  • COUNS549 Counselling and Contexts
  • DINST521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies
  • HMDEV503 Educational and Life Transitions: Changing roles, and changing contexts
  • HMDEV501 Development of Children and Young People: International Perspectives
  • HMDEV524 Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent
  • HMDEV502 Diversity in Adulthood

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

Study in language and literacy education provides opportunities to explore a variety of theoretical perspectives, approaches and topics. It aims to deepen knowledge and and develop understanding about language and literacy pedagogies, and the many language and literacy practices of young people in diverse contexts.

At least 60 points from:

  • LLTED501 Literacy Education: Approaches and Perspectives
  • LLTED504 Reading Difficulties
  • LLTED522 Best Practice in the Writing Classroom
  • LLTED523 Using Children's Literature in the Classroom

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

The subject mathematics education caters for educators who wish to strengthen their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in mathematics and/or become curriculum leaders in mathematics/numeracy. It provides opportunities to develop areas of particular interest such as collaborative problem solving, statistical thinking, learning through digital technologies, catering for diverse learners, and culturally responsive teaching.

A Ministry of Education fees subsidy may be available for some papers in this subject. Check maths.co.nz for updated Tertiary Fees Funding Support information.

At least 60 points from:

  • MTHED501 Mathematics Education
  • MTHED502 Mathematics Education: Enhancing Thinking and Practice
  • MTHED503 Effective Practice in the Mathematics classroom

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

This specialisation is offered for educators and professional learning facilitators who work or aspire to work as leaders of professional learning with colleagues in schools and other communities of practice, where professional learning is an on-going expectation. It aims to support the development of practice of these professionals so that they are recognised as excellent practitioners of in-service professional learning.

Required papers

  • EDUCA540 Professional Learning and Development
  • EDUCA541 Using Evidence for Effective Practice

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

This specialisation is offered to educators involved or wishing to be involved in Māori medium teaching contexts. It provides a critical examination of theories of first and second language acquisition, learning, teaching and assessment, indigenous theory and practice, indigenous language revival as well as leadership in the context of Māori medium education in Aotearoa New Zealand. This specialisation introduces potential researchers to kaupapa Māori research methodology and is delivered through the medium of te reo Māori.

This specialisation has three required content papers and a required research methods paper.

Required papers

The research paper will be determined in consultation with the Adviser.

A TeachNZ Study Award is available for this programme.

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

For further information, please contact the Advisor.

Advisor
Karaitiana Tamatea
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 7814

This subject offers professional learning for educators interested in these curriculum areas. There are specific papers in each of these but there is also an opportunity to study an integrated approach to education across science, technology, and environmental education.

At least 60 points from:

  • SCTED508 Science Education
  • SCTED511 Technology Education
  • SCTED512 Innovations in Science, Technology or Environmental Education
  • SCTED513 Environmental and Sustainability Education - not offered in 2021

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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

This specialisation offers professional learning for educators interested in Science, Technology, Environmental Education and Mathematics (STEM) education. There are specific papers in each learning area but there is also an opportunity to study an integrated approach to education across all the STEM subjects.

Required papers

At least 60 points from:

  • MTHED501 Mathematics Education
  • MTHED502 Mathematics Education: Enhancing Thinking and Practice
  • MTHED503 Effective Practice in the Mathematics Classroom
  • SCTED508 Science Education
  • SCTED511 Technology Education
  • SCTED512 Innovations in Science, Technology or Environmental Education
  • SCTED513 Environmental and Sustainability Education - not offered in 2021

For required research methods and research papers, please see above.

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


Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least a B grade average across the level 300 papers and:

(1) a teaching qualification or a major or minor in any of the subjects offered in the Master of Education, or

(2) substantial relevant experience.

120 point Master of Education available subject to meeting eligibility requirements - please see the MEd Regulations.

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information

This programme will not lead to registration as a teacher in New Zealand - if you are interested in training to become a teacher we suggest you contact our team on [email protected] to explore your options.


Study in Tauranga

Many postgraduate papers in education are offered fully online or partially online with block on-campus teaching in Hamilton and Tauranga.


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Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Programme Administrators - Postgraduate and Research
Jinah Lee
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7870
Email: [email protected]

Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Email: [email protected]

Programme Leader
Dr Frances Edwards
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 838 4466 extn 6170

Academic Coordinator Tauranga
Dr Nadine Ballam
Phone: (+64) 7 262 0547 Extn: 3547
Email: [email protected]
Based at our Tauranga Campus

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: [email protected]

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