Breadcrumbs

Map NZ Map World

Educational Leadership

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.

Make a difference to the quality of education and create opportunities for your future leadership and the leadership of others in education.  Build enhanced understandings, and discover authentic leadership practices, to improve educational outcomes in your school, organisation or community setting.

Whether you are an aspiring leader looking to step into a leadership role, have a puzzle of practice that you want to explore, or you are an experienced leader seeking to advance your current skills and knowledge, we have papers to cater for your needs and engaging staff who can support you in this endeavour.  The leadership papers are challenging, innovative and enlightening. They incorporate global best-practice and emerging trends and develop the knowledge, skills and mindsets required for high performance leadership in educational settings.

  • Engage in high quality teaching and research to support the personal and professional aspects of your leadership formation and practice
  • Examine leadership systems and practices to support change and innovation in organisational contexts
  • Inquire into personal leadership practices
  • Understand, critique and contribute to the educational research that is shaping New Zealand's educational policy and practice
  • Locate leadership work in a framework of social justice and seek to make a difference for high-needs students
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader
  • Enhance leadership networks by contributing to a vibrant professional learning community
  • Flexible delivery (NET/Block course)

As a graduate of this programme you will enhance your leadership capabilities and knowledge, building a firm foundation for your leadership practice, growing the skills and dispositions to lead in and beyond your organisation.

Apply to enrol

Key information

Study Educational Leadership in these qualifications

Educational Leadership as a specialisation of

Prescriptions for the PGCert(SchPrinc)

The Postgraduate Certificate in School Principalship is available for students who have completed a bachelors degree, or equivalent, and who have at least three years' full-time equivalent teaching experience.

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete 60 points at 500 level as follows.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(EdLeadership), PGDip(EdLeadership) and MEdLeadership

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, students must take 60 points from PROF500, PROF502, PROF504, PROF505, PROF507, or PROF509. Within the Postgraduate Certificate a specialisation is available in Coaching and Mentoring, which requires PROF507 and PROF509.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, students must take 120 points at 500 level, including PROF500 and PROF502, and a further 60 points from the following list. Within the Postgraduate Diploma a specialisation is available in Coaching and Mentoring. Students must take 120 points including PROF500, PROF502, PROF507 and PROF509.

To complete an MEdLeadership, students must take 180 points at 500 level from the following list, including PROF500, PROF502, and one of DSOE557, EDUCA500, 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.

Candidates who hold a BTchg(Hons) or a PGDip(EdLeadership) must take a further 120 points, including any required papers, to complete the Master of Educational Leadership.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSOE510Special Topic18C (Hamilton)
This paper is available for students who require an individually supervised project to complete their qualification in a subject offered by the Faculty of Education.
DSOE515Special Topic18C (Hamilton)
This paper is available for students who require an individually supervised project to complete their qualification in a subject offered by the Faculty of Education.
DSOE557Research Methods18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Online) & 18S (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.
EDLED501Educational Leadership: Issues and PerspectivesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDLED502Educational Leadership: Organisational DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDLED503Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and MentoringThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDLED504Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and CommunitiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDLED505Educational Leadership for Social JusticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDLED506Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and MentoringThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDLED507Educational Leadership: Professional SeminarThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories18B (Block - Tauranga)
Cullturally 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 PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDUCA540Professional Learning and DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDUCA541Using Evidence for Effective PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
EDUCA557Research MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HDCO565Restorative Practices in EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
HMDEV565Restorative Practices in EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research18C (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.
MAOED523Maori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic ResponsesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PCSS502Kaupapa Maori ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PCSS508Education Policy and Society18A (Hamilton)
A critical analysis of educational policies and practices, with particular references to New Zealand.
PROF500Educational Leadership: Organisational Development18B (Block) & 18B (Online)
This paper explores theories of change management in educational contexts, and includes strategies for planning and the operationalisation of such education plans. It critically examines public policy issues, and the impact of these and other issues on organisational review and development.
PROF502Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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. A critical examination of one's own leadership practice is an important component of this cou...
PROF504Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities18B (Block)
This paper critically examines the contextual and relational nature of educational leadership in learning organisations. Through examining and employing fundamental principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) - a positive and engaging approach to purposeful organisational change, and Action Research (AR), a process of self-reflective i...
PROF505Educational Leadership for Social Justice18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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 access, fairness, agency and success in education and offers a framework for raising soci...
PROF507Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring18A (Block) & 18B (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...
PROF508Educational Leadership: Managing the OrganisationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PROF509Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring18B (Block)
This paper advances the conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding of coaching and mentoring introduced in PROF507. 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 a...
PROF523Maori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses18C (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...
PROF540Professional Learning and Development18A (Block)
This paper explores in depth professional learning and development as a practice of professional leadership that has transformative potential in a range of learning contexts seen as complex adaptive systems. A strong emphasis is placed on working in communities of inquiry and participants are expected to join respectfully with othe...
PROF541Using Evidence for Effective Practice18B (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.
PROF560Educational Leadership in Higher EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PROF563Coaching, Mentoring and Skilful Conversations in Higher EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
PROF580Professional Seminar: Women in Educational Leadership18B (Block)
This paper examines the gendered discourses of educational leadership. Working from a critical perspective, participants engage with current theory and literature along with dialogic processes to explore the issues and challenges associated with women and leadership from a national and international perspective. This paper is str...
RPLC500Professional Learning in Education Practice18C (Hamilton)
This paper allows students to submit a portfolio for assessment of learning undertaken in a non formal setting, for credit towards a postgraduate qualification in the Faculty of Education.
TWED590Directed Study18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The Directed Study provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do a small piece of independent research under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TWED592Dissertation18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The two paper (60 point) Dissertation provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TWED593Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The three paper (90 point) Thesis provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TWED594Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The four paper (120 point) thesis provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Find your scholarship


To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, students must take 120 points at 500 level, including the core papers of PROF500 (Educational Leadership: Organisational Development) and PROF502 (Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives), and a further 60 points of optional papers in consultation with your programme advisor.

Within the Postgraduate Diploma a specialisation is available in Coaching and Mentoring. Students must take 120 points including PROF500, PROF502, PROF507 and PROF509.


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: http://edleadershipcentre.nz/


Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education

Faculty Administrator - Postgraduate Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Room: TC.2.46 
Email: educ_grad@waikato.ac.nz

Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy
Programme Advisor 
Associate Professor Rachel McNae
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 7731 
Room: TT2.12 
Email: rachel.mcnae@waikato.ac.nz

Faculty Co-ordinator  - Postgraduate Studies (Tauranga) - Dr Nigel Calder
Phone: (+64) 7 577 8753
Room: WIND.V21
Email: nigel.calder@waikato.ac.nz