Programme overview

Do you want to further your leadership skills by being part of a supportive environment with other education professionals? The Master of Educational Leadership and Management is a postgraduate programme for current and aspiring leaders in all education sectors and agencies. It provides a contemporary and academically sound, yet practice-oriented, form of sustained professional development. Explore effective educational leadership of and for learning, policy and strategy, leading and developing others, and the complexities of educational organisations.


  • A comprehensive, yet self-contained professional development programme.
  • A strong focus on professional practice and applied research. You can choose between a full thesis and a smaller dissertation (after completing the courses EDUC8881 to EDUC8885).
  • Learning that is stimulating, critically reflective and relevant to your educational setting.
  • Highly regarded academic staff with experience in practical and research settings in public and private educational organisations.
  • Part-time and full-time study options available (most of our students choose to study part-time).
  • A combination of intensive on-campus commitment (during nationally recognised non-teaching breaks) and open learning. This gives you the flexibility to decide when you want to study, while still providing you with the lecturers' support through ongoing personal or electronic communication.

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 bachelor 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 bachelor 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).

International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  1. Completion of one of the following qualifications:
    1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
    2. Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
  3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
  4. Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  5. 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;
  6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
  7. 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.

Applicants must have:

  1. A minimum of three years of appropriate work experience in an educational organisation; AND
  2. Practising status in an educational organisation which will enable them to adopt an institution-wide perspective of educational leadership and management, and shall also enable them to conduct institution-based assignment work.

Special Admission

An applicant may be considered for special admission if he/she:

  1. Holds a teaching certificate and/or diploma in teaching; OR
  2. Has completed a specialist educational leadership/management programme at Level 7 or higher and has achieved a B average in that programme.

English Language Requirements

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.

Leadership in Education (EDUC8881) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the core and contemporary leadership theories relevant to educational practice and settings. Aspects of leadership related to the management of diversity will be explored. Central to critical enquiry in this course is the concept of educational leadership.
Education Policy and Strategy (EDUC8882) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine and interpret education policy. They will gain an understanding of and ability to apply and evaluate concepts of quality, strategic and financial management, and strategic marketing in educational settings.
Human Resources in Education (EDUC8883) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critically examine the theory and practice of human resources management, including performance management and leadership development in educational settings. Students will also apply theories of organisational learning to the resolution of organisational and people problems.
Organisation Theory in Education (EDUC8884) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will be able to analyse and critique organisation theories in the context of leading and managing educational teams and organisations. The course will focus on collaborative decision-making, organisational culture and change management.
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.
Development Issues in Educational Leadership & Management (EDUC8887) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)Students will critique the knowledge base of an educational leadership and management issue.