Programme overview

Are you working in the education sector and want to further your professional development? The Master of Education supports educators working in a wide range of educational settings, as well as those with an academic interest in the field of education. Develop the knowledge and skills to advance your career in education. Courses cover a wide range of educational theory, policy and practice, including curriculum and assessment, equity and evaluation in education, education policy, technologies for teaching and learning, and professional development.


  • Designed to promote critical engagement with contemporary issues in education.
  • Applied in-depth professional learning.
  • Opportunities to do applied research: Research topics are selected in relation to participants' areas of interest. Choose between a full thesis and a smaller dissertation, and deepen your understanding of educational research methods.
  • Academic staff with experience in practical and research settings in public and private organisations.
  • Ideal for graduates with early childhood degrees, those working in adult education and those interested in general educational studies who want to further enhance their professional knowledge.
  • Part-time study options available.

What next?

Once you've successfully completed this programme, you could continue your studies with the Doctor of Philosophy (Education), provided you meet the entry requirements.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General Admission

Applicants must have one of the following, or equivalent:

  1. A recognised bachelors degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  2. A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelors degree.

Special admission

Applicants may be eligible for admission if they meet the special admission requirements outlined in the programme specific admission requirements.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements

Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

English language requirements for international students:

Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:

a) Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;

b) Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:

  1. Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools using English as the language of instruction:
    1. Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or
    2. Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
  2. Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  3. Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

c) Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:

  1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (Academic) (Level 5)
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6
  3. An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 590 (essay 5.5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 79 (writing 21)
  4. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language
  5. Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 58
  6. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.

Existing English Language Proficiency

Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

Special Admission

An applicant may be considered for special admission if s/he holds a qualification equivalent to one recognised by the Ministry of Education as a degree for salary purposes.

English Language Requirement

An applicant must have an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of not less than 6.5 with no score lower than 6.5.

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2015. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

CoursesCredits Restrictions
Educational Research Methods (EDUC8885) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the general range of research traditions employed in education and specifically those which lead to change. They will determine the range of methodologies associated with these traditions and apply this knowledge in the preparation of a research proposal.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Learning and Teaching in Childhood (EDUC8821) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To enable students to critically analyse the constructed nature of childhood in relation to learning and teaching theories and practices over time in light of recent research on the nature and meaning of childhood.
Negotiated Study (EDUC8879) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)This course offers advanced critical studies on an identified topic in education.
Theories in Learning andTeaching (EDUC8891) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To critically examine and apply theories and practices of learning and teaching in educational settings.
Historical Issues in Education (EDUC8892) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Participants will critically engage with a range of historical perspectives and relate these perspectives to contemporary issues.
Technologies for Learning (EDUC8893) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To critically examine the use of technologies in learning and teaching and to develop effective strategies for the application of this knowledge to professional practice.
Curriculum and Assessment (EDUC8896) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To critically examine theoretical, social and political issues related to curriculum and assessment and their application to professional practice.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Thesis (EDUC9997) 90 credits (0.75 EFTS)To conduct research that contributes to the intellectual development of the student and the understanding and/or practice of the profession.
Dissertation - Education (EDUC9998) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS)To conduct research that contributes to the intellectual development of the student and the understanding and/or practice of the profession.