Develop advanced knowledge and critical analysis skills in the broader area of education. The Master of Education is designed for professionals in early childhood education, compulsory education, adult and tertiary education and non-formal education.
Our Master of Education responds to students’ desire for a shorter, more flexible and more tailored postgraduate educational qualification. The programme offers flexibility, has a simple structure, and enables students to pursue an area of interest through research.
This is not an initial teacher education programme and will not lead to registration with the Education Council of New Zealand.
You complete the master's degree with:
60 points of optional papers and
60 points of compulsory educational research papers and
An alternative Master of Education pathway includes a 90-point thesis but is only recommended for students with experience or a very clear proposal for research. Talk to the programme leader if you're interested in this pathway.
Complete the following papers
You need to have completed the two educational research papers before you can enrol in the dissertation.
EDUC856 Concepts of Educational Research
EDUC906 Educational Research in Context
Optional papers include
EDUC808 Concepts and Constructs in Education
EDUC830 Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC842 Building Mentoring Expertise
EDUC843 Leadership and Mentoring
EDUC844 Steiner Education: Teaching and Learning through Imagination in a Digital World
EDUC845 Essential Aspects of Steiner Education
EDUC859 Pacific Education – Issues and Perspectives
EDUC860 Pacific Talanoa – People, Places and Education
The papers listed above are subject to change.
Papers from other degrees
You can also choose one paper from our Master of Educational Leadership or Master of Education Practice.
EDLD802 Leading in Diverse Cultures and Communities
EDLD803 Reflecting on Professional Practice as an Educational Leader
EDLD804 Organisational Culture and Educational Leadership
EDUC809 Global Impacts on Education Practice in Contemporary Society
Skills you will develop
Develop advanced understanding of education through research and its application
Critically evaluate policy, research and practice
Understand the historical and theoretical underpinnings of educational research methods
Focus your study on specialist or generalist education topics
Further your understanding of schools, early childhood centres, tertiary or higher education institutions or teaching in community or informal education contexts beyond educational practice
Master of Education graduates will have a broad range of research skills for application to their area of education.
Adult and tertiary education
Early childhood education
This qualification does not provide eligibility for provisional teacher registration.
The Master of Education can serve as a pathway to doctoral study.
One of the following with a B grade average or higher in level 7 papers (or equivalent):
Bachelor of Education (Specialty) Teaching
Graduate Diploma in (Specialty) Teaching
English Language Requirements:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing and all other bands 6.0 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58