master of educational leadership quals page

Master of Educational Leadership

Masters Degree MEdLeadership
master of educational leadership quals page

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

This is not a teaching qualification and does not lead to teacher registration. To become a registered teacher please look at Bachelor of Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, Master of Teaching and Learning.

180 points, 1.5 years

Hamilton, Tauranga, Online

Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a MEdLeadership?

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.

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

180 points, 1.5 years

Hamilton, Tauranga, Online

Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

Plan your study Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Research - guidelines & application forms

For those wishing to undertake a research component within the qualification the guidlines and forms are listed below:

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

This information is provisional and subject to change.

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.

Educational Partnership Study Awards

Te Wānanga Toi Tangata Division of Education offers Educational Partnership Study Awards to all education settings in which our students are placed as part of their initial teacher education or counsellor education programme. In recognition of the partnership, the equivalent of a 15-point paper will be awarded to you for every student teacher or student counsellor your education setting supports. The credits can be used at your discretion to provide additional professional learning opportunities for your staff.

Study in Tauranga

Many postgraduate papers are taught either fully online or partially online, with some papers having block on-campus requirements at either our Hamilton or Tauranga campus. These requirements are paper dependent.

Note: International students looking to study in Tauranga may be impacted by paper offerings for visa purposes. Please contact us if you have any questions and to discuss your personal situation.

Contact us

International Enquiries

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5pm

School of Education

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education, The University of Waikato, Gate 5, Hillcrest Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton, New Zealand

Programme Administrators - Postgraduate and Research

Jinah Lee

Programme Leader

Dr Michele Morrison

Academic Coordinator Tauranga

Based at our Tauranga Campus