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Mathematics Education

Expand your knowledge of mathematics and numeracy to enhance your career opportunities and capabilities.

This subject caters for practising teachers who wish to strengthen their pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) in mathematics, or become curriculum leaders in mathematics/numeracy within their school, newly graduated teachers who wish to strengthen their PCK in mathematics, or become curriculum leaders in mathematics/numeracy within a school in the future.

A Ministry of Education fees subsidy may be available for some papers in this programme of study. Check for updated Tertiary Fees Funding Support information.

At least 60 points from:

  • MSTE501 Mathematics Education
  • MSTE502 Acquiring Numeracy: How Thinking Develops
  • MSTE503 Effective Practice in the Mathematics classroom

You may choose further papers from any subject or specialisation offered for the Master of Education, or from the Master of Educational Leadership.

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Key information

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Prescriptions for the PGDip(MathsEd) and MEd

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education, students must take 120 points at 500 level, including a mathematics education paper from EDUCA557, EDUCA590, EDUCA500, MAOED500, MTHED501, MSTE502, MTHED503, EDUCA592, EDUCA593 or EDUCA594, a directed study in mathematics education, an educational research methods paper, and a further paper in either mathematics or education.

To complete the Master of Education with a focus on Mathematics Education, students will normally complete 180 points at 500 level from the following list, including one of EDUCA557, EDUCA500 or MAOED500, and one of a Directed Study equivalent 30 points, a Dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or a Thesis equivalent to 90 or 120 points.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MTHED100Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
This paper provides an introduction to key conceptual understandings in mathematics and connects mathematics with everyday life.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories20B (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.
EDUCA557Research Methods20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online) & 20S (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 Study20I (Hamilton) & 20I (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research20X (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.
MTHED501Mathematics Education20B (Online)
This paper is designed to enable teachers to develop their mathematics teaching with learners of all ages. Teachers will be encouraged to engage critically with theory and research in mathematics education, focusing on issues such as communication, assessment, and catering for diverse learners.
MTHED502Mathematics Education: Enhancing Thinking and Practice20A (Block) & 20A (Block - Tauranga)
This paper looks at how students' thinking becomes increasingly sophisticated as their mathematical understanding grows. A particular focus of the paper is the ways that learning in mathematics can be enhanced, including using formative assessment and digital technologies effectively.
MTHED503Effective Practice in the Mathematics Classroom20B (Block)
This paper is for mathematics educators working with learners of all ages. It focuses on international reform approaches and provides critical analysis of issues underpinning the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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