Department overview

We understand that everyone is different, which is why self-reflection and critical inquiry play an important part in your learning.  

The unique context of Aotearoa New Zealand is reflected in our programmes, and we take a bicultural and socio-cultural approach to learning and teaching. We address contemporary issues in education and are committed to tacking social justice issues in our local communities.

Improving practice is also a key focus for us. Our team is actively engaged in research and we are committed to research informed practice. Our expertise covers all education sectors and a large number of research supervision areas.

Exciting changes for 2016

We are currently developing an exciting new range of qualifications for tertiary teachers, which will be finalised in the first half of 2015 and offered during 2016.

You can still enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Higher Education through 2015 and transition arrangements will be underway during 2016.

If you would like to gain the Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE) exit qualification (45 credits) you can also enrol through 2015.

Find out more about what the Department of Education is up to by reading our latest newsletter.

Department of Education newsletter (PDF) »

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONS
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)7Full-time for three yearsEarly childhood teacher, Head teacher in an early childhood setting, Home-based caregiver, Manager in an early childhood education centre
Graduate Diploma in Higher Education7Part-time for two years or full-time for one yearThis programme provides an ongoing qualification for teachers or trainers of adults, who are already working in this field.
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning)832 weeks part-timeIncrease your teaching expertise in digital technology.
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management8Full-time for six months or part-time for one yearEducational leader or manager
Postgraduate Diploma in Education8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsEducational leader or manager
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsEducational leader or manager
Master of Education9Full-time for two years or part-time for four yearsGain the knowledge and understanding needed to advance your career in the education sector.
Master of Educational Leadership and Management9Full-time for two years or part-time for four yearsGain the knowledge and understanding needed to advance your career in the education sector.

Staff

Register of supervisors

NameMethodologiesSupervision Areas
Helen Aitken
Masters level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8177
haitken@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative researchEarly childhood education (ECE)
Newly qualified teachers
Transition
Leadership in ECE
Pedagogical documentation/assessment
Dr Ken Blaiklock
Masters level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8485
kblaiklock@unitec.ac.nz
Empirical research
Quantitative research
Literacy acquisition
Fostering language in early education settings
Professor Carol Cardno
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8406
ccardno@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative research
Action research
Educational leadership and management in all education sectors
Management development
Organisational learning and dilemma management
Strategic management
Dilemma management
Dr Bev Clark
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8092
bclark@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative researchNaturalistic methodology
Discourse analysis
Analysis of speech in young children (in conversation and in private speech)
Hermeneutics
Dr Jay Hays
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8599
jhays@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative researchLeadership, organisational change and development
Higher education
Work integrated learning
Teamwork and collaboration
Transformational learning Critical thinking
Yo Heta-Lensen
Masters level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8259
yhetalensen@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative research
Kaupapa māori research
Kaupapa Maori methodologies
Maori leadership in education management
Diversity in education
Bilingualism in ECE
Māori pedagogies
e-Learning
Jacoba Matapo
Masters level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8092
jmatapo@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative researchEarly childhood education (ECE)
Discourse and pedagogy
Leadership in ECE
The arts in ECE
Pasifika perspectives in ECE
Dr Josephine Howse
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8348
jhowse@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative ResearchEducational leadership and management
Strategic management
Management of change
Mentoring and collegial support
Secondary and tertiary education
Lisa Maurice-Takerei
Masters level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8317
lmauricetakerei@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative research
Ethnographic research
Adult education
Technical and trade education
Foundation education
Secondary/tertiary interface
Contextual pedagogies
Critical theory
Professor Hayo Reinders
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8017
wreinders@unitec.ac.nz
AllTeaching methodology
Educational technology
Language education
Alison Smith
Masters level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8655
asmith@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative research
Action research  
Educational leadership and management
Leadership development
Professional development, appraisal, coaching and mentoring
Helen Wrightson
Masters level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8468
hwrightson@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative research
Action research
Early childhood education (ECE)
Visual arts in ECE
Leadership, supervision and management in ECE
ECE curriculum