Programme overview


The Master of Contemporary Education (MCE) is a practice based Master’s designed to support the professional development and needs of teachers and educators in a rapidly changing education environment. A core component of the programme is theThe mind lab logo building of advanced competencies particularly in leadership and collaboration, and empowering educators to meet contemporary education demands of their practice context.

Graduate outcomes

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Critically engage in a substantial and authentic way with appropriate communities and stakeholders in the context of educational change
  • Critique past, existing, and emerging practices and determine their cultural and social impact in the wider education context
  • Critically analyse existing and emerging challenges and opportunities in contemporary education, and generate strategies to advance practice
  • Develop and adapt specialised knowledge regarding emerging and disruptive technologies, and the need for digital fluency, into practice
  • Lead and develop collaborative learner-focused 'solutions in practice’ in the context of emerging challenges and opportunities in contemporary education.

The benefits

  • Gain understanding of contemporary challenges and opportunities in education
  • Determine the cultural and social impact of changes on education in practice
  • Adapt knowledge regarding emerging and disruptive technologies 
  • Develop advanced competencies in leadership and collaboration 
  • Lead and drive contemporary pedagogical change
  • Put digital fluency into practice


  • This programme builds on the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning); if you’ve already completed the PGCert(DCL) then you only need to complete an additional 90 credits to gain this Master's qualification 
  • The output of this programme is a practice based change project which has genuine outcomes for stakeholders, which is then shared at The Mind Lab by Unitec Education Symposium 
  • Supportive collaborative environment: the Practice Based Change Project will require you to lead a practice-based project in your own context and work collaboratively with one or more other candidates to support, mentor and coach peer-led projects 
  • The Mind Lab by Unitec Education Symposium: you'll complete the programme by attending this symposium. Here you can share your learning, meet other candidates and foster and develop learning relationships. 
  • Workshops to support engagement and learnings, and provide opportunities to foster and strengthen collaborative relationships 
  • Tuiā te Kupu: This club gives you a forum to collaboratively critically evaluate recent academic articles and information

Find out more

Find out more about this programme on the programme page on the Mind Lab by Unitec website.
Phone: 0800 MINDLAB (0800 6463522

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised Bachelor's 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's degree or equivalent

3. Some applicants may be eligible through special admission: 

  • If you're 20 years on or before the day the programme starts; and 
  • Have a Level 7, 120 credit qualification in a relevant discipline area with a B grade average, and two years' appropriate work experience; and 
  • Provide sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification 

4. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing). 

5. Applicants must have an identified education-based practice that would normally be through current employment. 

6. Applicants are also eligible for admission via transfer of credits from The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) (60 credits, Level 8). 

7. All applicants must give their consent to undergo a process of Safety Checking as set out in the Vulnerable Children (Requirements for Safety Checks of Children’s Workers) Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”). 

8. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following: 

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance 
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency 
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years 

For more information download the programme regulations:

Courses and timetables