Master of Education

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This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in leadership in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice.

Programme Highlights

  • Our world renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas. Find out more about our staff.
  • Target your study towards your area of professional expertise.
  • Choose to focus your study on one of the following subjects below as a programme of study or three specialisations (listed below). Alternatively, create your own programme of study by combining papers from Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, or include a paper from another faculty (subject to Postgraduate Leaders approval).
  • Students are required to complete 180 points of taught papers, a research methods paper (30 points) and at least 30 points of research.
  • Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over one calendar year.

Programme Advisers

Programme Advisers (full list)

Programmes of study for MEd

  • Arts Education
  • Adult and education training
  • Counselling Studies
  • Education
  • e-Education
  • Education Studies
  • Human Development
  • Language and literacy education
  • Mathematics education


Entry Criteria

A first degree or equivalent in a cognate subject, with at least a B average in 300 level papers.

To Apply

Complete the online enrolment process.

Programme Requirements

The MEd usually comprises 180 points (500 level) including required and optional papers and a research project or thesis.
Qualification Regulations

Hear from our students

Lee Hill
Master of Education

Lee-Hill---Master-of-EducationAfter more than a decade of teaching, alumna Lee Hill decided to take on the Master of Education. Having graduated back in 2001 with a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, following on from a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, she chose the University of Waikato again.

Lee studied the taught paper component of the degree part-time, alongside her full-time teaching work, and then completed the 90 point thesis in one year, while still teaching full-time.

“When I began the study, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to manage the workload, alongside my teaching load, but I was surprised to find that because I was enjoying what I was learning, I was motivated to keep going. It has been well worth the effort.”

The Masters programme has enabled Lee to reflect on her approach to teaching English to secondary students. She has found it has led to substantial changes in her teaching practice.

“It’s the best professional development I’ve ever done.”


Choose one from

DSOE557 Research Methods, OR
PCSS502 Kaupapa Māori Research

And at least one from

DSOE590 Directed Study
DSOE592 Dissertation
DSOE593 Education Thesis
DSOE594 Education Thesis

Choose remaining from

ALED501 Literacy Education: Approaches and Perspectives
ALED502 Critical Literacy in Curriculum
ALED503 Bilingual and Multilingual Education: Classroom Practice and Policy Directions
ALED504 Reading Difficulties
ALED507 Second Language Learners and Learning in Mainstream Classrooms
ALED508 Adult Literacy at Work
ALED509 Literacy and Technology: Implications for Education
ALED510 Contemporary Themes in Arts Education
ALED512 Orff Music Education: Theory and Practice 1
ALED513 Orff Music Education: Theory and Practice 2
ALED515 Drama as Pedagogy: the Mantle of the Expert
ALED516 Family and Community Literacies: Theories, Practices and Programmes
ALED520 Literacy, Cognition and Neuroscience
ALED521 Approaches to Academic Literacy
ALED522 Best Practice in the Writing Classroom
ALED523 Approaches to Teaching Literature in the Primary and Secondary Classroom
ALED524 Language Knowledge for Teachers and Learners
ALED525 the Context of Adult Literacy and Numeracy Learning
ALED551 Special Topic: Children’s Literature and Educational Contexts
ALED590 Directed Study
ALED592 Dissertation
DSOE510 Special Topic
DSOE515 Special Topic
DSOE556 Research Methods for Teachers
DSOE557 Research Methods
DSOE590 Directed Study
DSOE592 Dissertation
DSOE593 Education Thesis
DSOE594 Education Thesis
GEOG504 Geographies of Education
HDCO501 Ageing and Society
HDCO502 Educational Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing Contexts
HDCO503 Young People in Contemporary New Zealand Society
HDCO504 Difference and Diversity in Human Development
HDCO510 Innovations in Teaching
HDCO515 Developmental Issues in Early Adolescence
HDCO521 Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies
HDCO522 Project in Disability and Inclusion Studies
HDCO524 Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent
HDCO540 Working with Groups
HDCO541 Counselling Skills
HDCO542 Counselling Practicum
HDCO543 Counselling Young People and Families
HDCO544 Discourse and Counselling Psychologies
HDCO545 Professional Practice of Counselling
HDCO546 Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches
HDCO547 Counselling Supervision
HDCO548 Supervision Practice
HDCO549 Counselling and Contexts
HDCO551 Special Topic: Whānau and Narrative Practices
HDCO560 Advanced Relationship and Family Counselling 1
HDCO561 Advanced Relationship and Family Counselling 2
HDCO565 Restorative Practices in Education
HDCO590 Directed Study
HDCO591 Dissertation
HDCO592 Dissertation
HDCO593 Human Development Thesis
HDCO594 Human Development Thesis
MBED501 Matauranga Reo Māori
MBED502 Tirohanga Whakahaere
MBED503 Te Whakaora Reo: Mātauranga Rūmaki
MKTG556 Marketing Through the Sports Media
MSTE501 Mathematics Education
MSTE502 Acquiring Numeracy: How Thinking Develops
MSTE503 Numeracy in the Classroom: Issues and Practice
MSTE504 Numeracy Difficulties: Issues and Practice
MSTE590 Directed Study
MSTE592 Dissertation
PCSS502 Kaupapa Māori Research
PCSS503 Indigenous and Post-Colonial Perspectives in Education
PCSS506 Contemporary Perspectives in Social Sciences Education
PCSS507 Global Citizenship and International Development Education
PCSS508 Educational Policy
PCSS511 Curriculum Policy and Possibilities
PCSS513 Philosophy of Education
PCSS514 Foucault, Education and the Self
PCSS530 Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education
PCSS587 Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education
PCSS588 Global Education and the Openness Revolution
PCSS589 Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures
PCSS591 Dissertation
PCSS592 Dissertation
PCSS593 Education Studies Thesis
PCSS594 Education Studies Thesis
PROF500 Educational Leadership: Organisational Development
PROF502 Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives
PROF503 The Practices of Teaching
PROF504 Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities
PROF505 Educational Leadership for Social Justice
PROF506 Educational Assessment
PROF507 Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring
PROF508 Developing Effective Principalship
PROF509 Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring
PROF510 Assessment as Pedagogy in the Early Years: Narrative Approaches
PROF513 Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
PROF516 ICT and Multi Literacies in the Early Years
PROF518 Teaching and Learning Years 7-10
PROF521 Digital Technologies in the Classroom: New pedagogies, New Practices
PROF522 the Professional Practice of eTeaching
PROF523 the Development of Te Kotahitanga
PROF524 Learning and Leadership in the Communication Age
PROF525 eLearning Policy to Practice in the New Zealand Context
PROF531 Tertiary Teaching: Research and Development
PROF532 the Professional Practice of Tertiary Teaching
PROF533 Engaging Families & Communities in Early Years Programmes: Collaborative & Cultural Inquiry Approaches
PROF540 Professional Learning and Development
PROF541 Using Evidence for Effective Practice
PROF551 Special Topic
PROF580 Professional Education Seminar
PROF590 Directed Study
PROF592 Dissertation
PROF593 Thesis
PROF594 Thesis
SPLS501 Researching Sport and Leisure
SPLS502 Sport, Fitness & Health: Science in Practice
SPLS503 Education Outdoors
SPLS504 Sport and Communities
SPLS505 Youth Culture and Sport
SPLS507 Sporting Bodies and Movement Culture
SPLS508 Health and Physical Education in Schools
SPLS520 Special Topic
SPLS590 Directed Study
SPLS592 Dissertation
SPLS593 Sport and Leisure Studies Thesis
SPLS594 Sport and Leisure Studies Thesis
STER508 Science Education
STER511 Technology Education
STER512 Innovations in Science, Technology or Environmental Education
STER513 Environmental and Sustainability Education
STER590 Directed Study
STER592 Dissertation
STER593 Science and Technology Education Thesis
STER594 Science and Technology Education Thesis