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.

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

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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
Newly qualified teachers
Transition
Leadership in ECE
Pedagogical Documentation/Assessment
Dr Sophie Alcock
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8797
salcock@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative ResearchEarly childhood education
Play and playfulness
Philosophy and history and sociology of childhoods
Associate Professor John Benseman
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8736
jbenseman@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitiative Research
Evaluation Research
Case study Research
Adult learners, adult literacy
Teaching adults
Bridging education
Non-formal education
Workplace learning
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
Performance appraisal
Collaborative management
Team leadership
Angel Chan
Masters level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8251
achan@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative ResearchCultural studies
Sociology of childhoods
Immigrant families
Critical pedagogy
Diversity & difference in early childhood education
Chinese perspectives of learning and childrearing
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
Associate Professor Jenny Collins
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8369
jcollins@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative Research
Historical Methods
Educational Biography
Case study Research
Educational policy, gender and leadership issues
International education
Catholic educational administration and leadership issues
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
Melanie Miller
Masters  level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8176
mmiller@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative ResearchAcademic professional development
Assessment in higher education
Curriculum design 
Holistic education
Vocational training/unit standards
Associate Professor Jenny Ritchie
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8317
jritchie@unitec.ac.nz
Qualitative Research
Narrative Research
Critical Ethnography
Philosophy, history, sociology of childhoods and of early childhood education
Reconceptualising early childhood studies
Role of early childhood education in language revitalization
Anti-racism within teacher education and NZ society in general
Equity issues and strategies in education
Strategies for non-violent child-rearing and compassionate communication in education and elsewhere
Education and teacher education for sustainabilities: cultural, relational, economic, and ecological
Professor Hayo Reinders
Masters and Doctoral level supervision
+64 9 815 4321 ext 8017
wreinders@unitec.ac.nz
MixedPedagogical innovation
Teacher education
Educational technologies
Language Learning and Teaching
Educational leadership
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
Education in Years 1-8