Master of Education


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Program Description

Master of Education

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.


Target your study towards your area of professional expertise.

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 Highlights

  • Our world-renowned staff are active researchers who are known internationally as leaders in their specialist areas. Find out more about our staff.
  • 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).

Programmes of study for MEd

  • Arts Education
  • Education
  • Education Studies
  • Human Development
  • Language and literacy education
  • Mathematics education
  • Science, Technology and Environmental Education


  • STEM Education
  • Global Studies in Education
  • Professional Learning

This qualification can also be studied at the University of Waikato Tauranga.

Admission and enrolment

Admission normally requires a bachelor's degree with at least a B average and teaching qualification.

Note: Transfers from PGDips and Hons programmes on to 180-point masters are possible prior to formal completion of the PGDips and Hons qualifications in Education.


STEM Education

Teachers of STEM subjects (science, technology, environmental education and maths) can develop their teaching approach to their specialised subject and complete an evidence-based enquiry research project, based on a topic of interest. This requires at least 60 points from required papers, a research methods paper (30 points) and one other 30 point paper.

Programme Advisor

  • Dr Anne Hume


  • TEMS Research Centre

Global Studies in Education

For those who are not classroom teachers but are interested in philosophical aspects of education, you can explore and research educational dimensions in global processes.

Themes include; interconnectivity, intercultural education, the dialogue on the model of open science, open education and open knowledge production. It builds upon the traditions of comparative and international education programmes, It includes but is not limited to the following innovative areas:

  • new media and popular cultures
  • the new global ecologies of learning
  • open education
  • global citizenship and education

This MEd specialisation requires the completion of six papers (30 points each) or equivalent 180 points (500 level), including required and optional papers and a research project or thesis.

Programme advisors

  • Professor Tina Besley
  • Professor Michael A. Peters


  • Master of Education (Global Studies)
  • Centre for Global Studies

Professional Learning

For educators who facilitate and support other practitioners' development, this programme is designed to support and recognise your professional development service.

The programme focuses on the theory and practice of in-service professional learning and is ideal for mid-career educators with at least five years experience.

Graduates have strong analytical and independent research skills and at times, have their research published.

Programme advisors

  • Senior Lecturer Frances Edwards
  • Senior lecturer Anthony Fisher


  • Master of Education (Professional Learning)
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