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MEdLeadership - Educational Leadership as a main subject

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.

Effective leadership in educational settings is critical in order to grow and sustain successful organisations.  Enhance your career prospects with a specialised leadership programme that challenges you personally and professionally.


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Key information

Years: 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,558-$8,140 per year
Fees (International): $31,615 (120 pts) or $47,425 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*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 MEdLeadership

To complete the Master of Educational Leadership, students must take 180 points at 500 level, including EDLED501, EDLED502, and one of EDUCA500, EDUCA557, or MAOED500, and one of a Directed Study equivalent to 30 points, or a Dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or a Thesis equivalent to 90 points.

Students will normally be expected to focus their independent research on a topic related to Educational Leadership.

Optional papers will be selected from the papers listed in the Educational Leadership subject, or 30 points may be selected from outside the field of the degree.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
EDLED501Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives30.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Online)
Reflective practitioners are introduced to theories and practices of educational leadership in this paper. Major theorists and researchers are critically considered with an emphasis on relating these to the realities of education settings. The discourses which shape the educational leadership landscape in New Zealand will be explor...
EDLED502Educational Leadership: Organisational Change and Development30.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Online)
This paper explores theories and practices of organisational development, culture and change in educational settings. The nature and characteristics of effective professional communities and the central role of leaders in educational improvement and innovation are key areas of investigation. Participants will engage with and critiq...
EDLED503Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring30.022A (Block) & 22B (Block - Tauranga)
This paper critically examines theories and models of continuing leadership development through mentoring and coaching. It focuses on the importance of critical reflection on practice, the change process through adult learning theory, and the leadership capacity building that is so important in educational settings. Participants wi...
EDLED504Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities30.022B (Block)
This paper critically examines the contextual and relational nature of educational leadership in learning organisations and communities. Through examining and employing fundamental principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) - a strength-based approach to purposeful organisational change, participants will interrogate their leadership ...
EDLED505Educational Leadership for Social Justice30.022A (Block) & 22A (Online)
This paper draws on research and theory from New Zealand and global contexts to critically examine leadership practices related to issues of social justice in education. This paper provides opportunities to engage in current debates related to equity, access, fairness, agency and success in education and offers a framework for rais...
EDLED506Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring30.022A (Block - Tauranga) & 22B (Block)
This paper advances the conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding of coaching and mentoring introduced in EDLED503. It expands the interpersonal skills and knowledge essential for effective coaching/mentoring in educational contexts and continues the emphasis on critical reflection on practice. Participants will be in an ...
EDLED507Educational Leadership: Professional Seminar30.022B (Block)
With the rapidly changing nature of the New Zealand educational landscape, opportunities for educational leaders to critically examine current issues of importance and interest in a timely manner are essential. As such, the topic of this paper is co-constructed within the professional learning community of educational leaders in or...
EDLED510Capstone: Application to Professional Practice15.022A (Block)
In this capstone paper, students synthesise, reflect on, and apply the conceptual and practical knowledge gained throughout the MEdM degree to a significant contemporary and/or anticipated future issue of practice in their current educational setting.
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and Critical Theories30.022X (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.
EDUCA501Professional Learning in Education Practice30.022X (Online)
This paper allows students to submit a portfolio for assessment of learning in educational practice, for credit towards a postgraduate qualification in Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education.
EDUCA541Using Evidence for Effective Practice30.022B (Block)
This paper aims to enable students to read, interpret, evaluate and use evidence to improve their own pedagogical practice, and the practice of others.
EDUCA557Becoming a researcher: theory, ethics and methods30.022A (Online), 22B (Online) & 22H (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
EDUCA590Directed Study30.022I (Hamilton) & 22I (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
EDUCA592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton), 22X (Online) & 22X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
EDUCA593Education Thesis90.022X (Hamilton), 22X (Online) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research30.022X (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.
MAOED523Māori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses30.022X (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...

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The Centre for Educational Leadership Research supports the development of high quality research, teaching and learning encounters.  As a professional network and hub for leadership inquiry, Communities of Learning, professional learning opportunities and regular research meetings – the work of the Centre explores leadership in its many forms and examines possibilities for supporting educational leaders across a range of contexts in the community. For more information, visit: https://www.cel.ac.nz/


To complete the Master of Educational Leadership, students must take 180 points at 500 level, including EDLED501EDLED502, and one of EDUCA500EDUCA557, or MAOED500, and one of a Directed Study equivalent to 30 points, or a Dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or a Thesis equivalent to 90 points.

Students will normally be expected to focus their independent research on a topic related to Educational Leadership.

Optional papers will be selected from the papers listed in the Educational Leadership subject, or 30 points may be selected from outside the field of the degree.


Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Programme Administrators - Postgraduate & Research
Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Email: [email protected]

Dr 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 
Room: TT2.12 
Email: [email protected]

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