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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.

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Key information

Study Educational Leadership in these qualifications

Study Educational Leadership as a specialisation of

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
EDLED501Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives30.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (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 Development30.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (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...
EDLED503Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring30.021A (Block) & 21B (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 Communities30.021B (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 selfreflective in...
EDLED505Educational Leadership for Social Justice30.021A (Block) & 21A (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 Mentoring30.021A (Block - Tauranga) & 21B (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 Seminar30.021B (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 Practice15.021A (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.
EDSOC501Education Policy and Society30.021A (Hamilton)
A critical analysis of educational policies and practices, with particular references to New Zealand.
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories30.021B (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 Practice30.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (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.
EDUCA540Professional Learning and Development30.021A (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...
EDUCA541Using Evidence for Effective Practice30.021B (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.
EDUCA557Research Methods30.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Online) & 21H (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.
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research30.021X (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 Responses30.021X (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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To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, students must take 120 points at 500 level, including EDLED501 and EDLED502 and 30 points from the Educational Leadership subject, and a further 30 points in a Postgraduate Diploma subject.

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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:


Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Programme Leader 
Associate Professor Rachel McNae
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 7731 
Room: TT2.12 
Email: [email protected]

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

Programme Administrator Postgraduate & Research
Dr Jinah Lee 
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext:7870
Email: [email protected]

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