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MEd - Education as a main subject

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.

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

We also offer Education subjects for the Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Arts degrees, and a range of postgraduate qualifications.

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Key information

Years: 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,897 - $8,508 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $35,900 (120 pts)
$53,855 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *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.

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Prescriptions for the MEd

To complete the Master of Education, students must take 180 points at 500 level including at least 30 points from List A; up to a further 90 points from Lists A and B; one of List C; and one of List D.

The List A papers are: DINST521, EDLED501, EDUCA506, EDUCA560, EDUCA561, EDUCA562 and MAOED523.

The List B papers are: COUNS540, COUNS546, COUNS549, DINST522, DLRNG500, EDSOC500, GLOBE500, HMDEV500, LLTED522, LLTED523, MAOED501, MAOED502, MAOED503, MTHED500, and SCTED512.

The List C papers are: EDUCA500, EDUCA557 or MAOED500.

The List D papers are: EDUCA591 (30 pts), EDUCA592 (60 pts), EDUCA593 (90 pts) or EDUCA594 (120 pts).

Students with two or more DINST papers may change to a Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies.

Students with two or more EDLED papers may change to a Master of Educational Leadership.

A Master of Education in Counselling Studies is also available, see the Counselling Studies subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers for details.

Within the Master of Education, a specialisation is available in Te Ropu Tohu Paerua.

Up to 30 points may be selected from outside the field of the degree.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COUNS540Working with Groups30.024B (Block)
This paper explores dialogic group processes with selected kinds of groups. Students will be given the opportunity to develop group membership and leadership roles through observation, participation and evaluation during an experiential workshop format and through on-line discussion and assignments. The paper includes a particular...
COUNS546Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches30.024B (Block)
This paper develops the skills of facilitating conflict resolution using mediation, conferencing and other types of restorative and generative conversations in families, schools and other contexts. A narrative perspective on conflict resolution features strongly in the paper.
COUNS549Counselling and Contexts30.024A (Block) & 24H (Block)
This paper provides an overview of counselling practice and its contexts, including optional modules on school counselling, or addictions. It teaches the skills and ethical perspectives of collaborative approaches to counselling, offering a particular introduction to narrative therapy.
DINST521Critical Studies in Disability and Inclusion30.024A (Online)
This paper critically explores an intersectional understanding of disability and inclusion using Critical Disability Studies and Disability Studies in Education perspectives. It engages with ideas of equality and social inclusion and the social barriers and enablers to equal access in education, health and other social systems. The...
DLRNG500Debates in Digital Learning and Educational Technology30.024A (Online)
This paper provides an opportunity for leaders and practitioners in a range of fields to explore contemporary theories, debates, practice, policy and research in educational technology and/or digital learning.
EDLED501Educational Leadership: Concepts, Theory and Practice30.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
Leading in educational contexts can be a challenging and complex undertaking. This paper introduces students to foundational theoretical and practical concepts of educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Students are supported to critically examine their own leadership beliefs and experiences and explore ...
EDSOC500Practitioner Research: Aotearoa New Zealand Histories and Social Sciences Curriculum30.024X (Online)
This paper is designed for Primary and Secondary teachers to research and implement the contemporary reset of the schooling History/ Social Sciences curriculum, and undertake supervised classroom-based research.
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and Critical Theories30.024X (Block - Tauranga)
Culturally 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.
EDUCA504Critical Reflections on Decolonising Education Spaces30.024X (Online)
Students critically reflect on extensive literature, their responses and their learning journal completed through Poutama Pounamu blended learning modules to engage in a reflexive synthesis of their ongoing learnings. This paper involved students critically reflecting back on their learning journals, a range of relevant literature ...
EDUCA506Educational Assessment30.024B (Online)
This paper provides an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the theoretical issues and practical implications associated with improving learning and teaching through the implementation of educational assessment. It is appropriate for anyone involved in education in the broadest sense.
EDUCA510Special Topic10.024X (Hamilton)
This paper is available for students who require an individually supervised project to complete their qualification in a subject offered by Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education.
EDUCA515Special Topic15.024X (Hamilton)
This paper is available for students who require an individually supervised project to complete their qualification in a subject offered by Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education.
EDUCA530Special Topic30.024X (Online)
The content of this paper is determined case-by-case as it will be used when the content is determined by the academic associated with an individual students' programme. One example would be a student who is undertaking an independent self-directed study that is not research based. The contents, assignments, marking criteria, and ...
EDUCA557Becoming a researcher: theory, ethics and methods30.024A (Online), 24B (Block - Tauranga) & 24H (Block)
This paper introduces students to major educational and social science research paradigms, methodologies, ethical researcher conduct, and methods appropriate to collecting data in educational and community settings (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), literature review and critique, data analysis, indication...
EDUCA560Contemporary Educational Policies, Thought and Issues30.024B (Block)
This paper allows participants to explore contemporary issues in education as it relates to their practice, focusing on policies, contexts and thought, through the disciplines of sociology, policy and curriculum studies.
EDUCA561Learners and Learning Across Educational Contexts30.024A (Block - Tauranga)
This paper focuses on learners and learning across various educational contexts including geographical, historical, and cultural environments, and enhances students' understanding and practice related to diverse learners and learning environments.
EDUCA562Curriculum, Pedagogies and Multiliteracies30.024A (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with skills and knowledge to identify, understand and critically analyse curriculum intention and design, enacted pedagogies, and multiliteracies representation, in practice, across a variety of educational settings.
EDUCA591Research-based Inquiry: Informing Practice30.024B (Hamilton)
A supported project enabling students to identify and investigate a research question of interest, develop a report that includes implications for professional practice, and resource to disseminate to a relevant audience.
EDUCA592Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton), 24X (Online) & 24X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
EDUCA593Education Thesis90.024X (Hamilton), 24X (Online) & 24X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
EDUCA594Education Thesis120.024X (Hamilton), 24X (Online) & 24X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
GLOBE500Global Trends in Education: Narratives, Agendas and Voices30.024B (Online)
This paper considers the narratives, agendas, discourses and voices that have shaped global education trends, and considers their impact on creating more equitable, inclusive, socially just and sustainable educational futures.
HMDEV500Contemporary Issues in Lifespan Development30.024B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on contemporary issues in development across the lifespan with an emphasis on diversity, culture and social justice, and considers the influence of these on life experiences.
LLTED522Teaching Writers30.024A (Online)
This paper provides an opportunity for participants to build a professional community in which they critically consider theories, discourses, and experiences that influence writers and teachers of writing. This class layers conceptual and practical elements of writing and teaching writers, and participants are expected to develop d...
LLTED523The Joy and Disruption of Children's Literature30.024B (Online)
In this paper we engage with the depth and traditions of current scholarship in the field of children's literature using texts from a wide range of contexts. The course begins by covering a wide scope of current issues in children's literature and ends with an opportunity for students to gain deep knowledge of a topic of their choi...
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research30.024X (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.
MAOED501Matauranga Reo Māori30.024A (Hamilton)
Ka arohaehaehia nga ariaa ako, whakaako raanei i te reo Maori hei reo tuatahi, tuarua ranei, nga momo aromatawai i te reo me te uu o te whakawhitinga ki te whakaako i te reo Maori hei reo tuatahi, tuarua ranei. Ka whakauruhia te huhua o nga take a iwi. A critical examination of theories of first and second language acquisition, lea...
MAOED502Tirohanga Whakahaere30.024A (Hamilton)
Ka tuhurahia te panga o nga taha whakahoahoa, ahurea me te torangapu ki te taha arahitanga a motu, o te ao ki roto i nga horopaki kaupapa Maori. Ka arahina hoki nga tumomo pukenga kaiarahi a nga akonga. He akoranga tautoko tenei i era e whai ana i nga tunga kaiarahi i roto i a ratou mahi. This paper explores the influence of social...
MAOED503Te Whakaora Reo: Matauranga Rumaki30.024X (Hamilton)
This paper examines indigenous theory and practice, indigenous language revival and indigenous language revitalisation. It also looks at Maori immersion education activities alongside other indigenous languages initiatives. Also included is an exploration of the way immersion education in overseas contexts can strengthen Maori imme...
MAOED523Māori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses30.024X (Block - Tauranga)
This paper examines the historical and contemporary politics and practices that have contributed to the current education disparities that affect Maori people in particular, but also the wider fabric of New Zealand society. The paper then considers historical and contemporary policies developed to address these disparities and a nu...
MTHED500Mathematics and Statistics Education: Enhancing Practice30.024B (Online)
This paper considers effective pedagogical approaches in Aotearoa, New Zealand, that enhance learning and practices in mathematics. It includes critically engaging with research and current debates related to pedagogical content knowledge and culturally responsive pedagogies.
SCTED512Science, Technology and Environmental Education: Innovation and Trends30.024B (Online)
This paper aims to help teachers of science, technology or environmental education to develop their knowledge of science, technology or the environment and to consider how this knowledge might be integrated into educational activities. Students will develop an understanding of the wider issues of curriculum and assessment innovatio...

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