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MEdLeadership
Master of Educational Leadership

Enhance your career prospects with a specialised programme that enriches your leadership capabilities and knowledge. Expand your leadership practice to skillfully lead change and improve educational outcomes in your school, organisation or community setting.

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.

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. See more information >

Programme highlights:

  • Develop and enhance leadership skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader
  • Inquire into personal leadership practice and organisational systems through strength-based inquiry
  • Examine and apply contextual leadership systems and practices to initiate, support and sustain change and innovation in educational contexts
  • Understand, critique and contribute to the educational research that is shaping New Zealand's educational policy and develop the required leadership to respond effectively
  • Locate leadership work in a framework of social justice and seek to make a difference for high-needs students
  • Enhance leadership networks by contributing to a vibrant professional learning community
  • Experience flexible delivery (NET/Block course)
  • Complete the MEdLeadership at a pace that suits you, part-time while you work or full-time over 18 months

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Key information

Years: 1.5
MEdLeadership 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 are 180 points including:

  • EDLED501 and EDLED502;
  • one of the research methods papers listed below; and
  • one of the research paper options listed below with a focus on educational leadership.

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 MEdLeadership Regulations.

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

Degree planner — Master of Educational Leadership - Option 1

Including 30 point directed study.

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].


Option papers

  • EDLED503 Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring
  • EDLED504 Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities
  • EDLED505 Educational Leadership for Social Justice
  • EDLED506 Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring
  • EDLED507 Educational Leadership: Professional Seminar
  • EDSOC501 Education Policy and Society
  • EDUCA540 Professional Learning and Development
  • EDUCA541 Using Evidence for Effective Practice
  • MAOED523 Māori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses

30 points may be taken from outside Educational Leadership.

For further education papers, see Master of Education.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Master of Educational Leadership - Option 2

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

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].


Option papers

  • EDLED503 Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring
  • EDLED504 Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities
  • EDLED505 Educational Leadership for Social Justice
  • EDLED506 Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring
  • EDLED507 Educational Leadership: Professional Seminar
  • EDSOC501 Education Policy and Society
  • EDUCA540 Professional Learning and Development
  • EDUCA541 Using Evidence for Effective Practice
  • MAOED523 Māori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses

30 points may be taken from outside Educational Leadership.

For further education papers, see Master of Education.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Master of Educational Leadership - 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.

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].


Option papers

  • EDLED503 Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring
  • EDLED504 Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities
  • EDLED505 Educational Leadership for Social Justice
  • EDLED506 Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring
  • EDLED507 Educational Leadership: Professional Seminar
  • EDSOC501 Education Policy and Society
  • EDUCA540 Professional Learning and Development
  • EDUCA541 Using Evidence for Effective Practice
  • MAOED523 Māori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses

30 points may be taken from outside Educational Leadership.

For further education papers, see Master of Education.

This information is provisional and subject to change.


Choose a main subject

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.

Two years' teaching experience is normally preferred.

120 point Master of Educational Leadership available subject to meeting eligibility requirements - please see the MEdLeadership Regulations.

Credit for Previous Study Information

Recognition of Prior Learning Information


Study in Tauranga

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

Jinah Lee
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7870
Email: [email protected]

Programme Leader
Associate Professor Rachel McNae
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7731
Email: [email protected]

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

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