Master of Education

The Master of Education (MEd) is a 180 point qualification designed to give current teachers, counsellors or other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their ability to examine critically significant issues in education, develop their leadership skills or undertake research in their fields of interest.

Our MEd offers flexibility, with courses offered through a range of delivery methods with campus and/or distance options available.  You can complete your MEd full time over one year or part time over five years.

Please note this qualification is not a pathway to teacher registration, if you wish to study to become a registered teacher check out our Initial Teacher Education qualifications.

The MEd can be completed via coursework only, or you may choose to complete via a coursework and thesis pathway.  The unendorsed pathway gives you the option to tailor your MEd to your preference from the schedule of courses. The endorsed pathway gives you the option to choose from seven specialist endorsements. Curriculum and Pedagogy, e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Hoaka Pounamu: Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Literacy and Teaching and Learning Languages.

For the unendorsed 180 point pathway, choose 120 points from the Level 8 courses and a minimum of 60 points from the Level 9 courses in the 2021 MEd Courses. Note that not all courses will be offered in any one year. Please check your MEd course planning and enrolment with our Student Advisors.


Choose from one of the seven specialist endorsements. 

Each of these endorsements has compulsory and optional course requirements – please check the endorsement page for further information about how to plan your study through the endorsed MEd pathway. Please note that you must select a minimum of 60 points from Level 9 courses within your 180 points.


If you have a completed Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with a minimum B+ grade average you may be eligible to complete your MEd through a 120 point pathway – which will either include either 30 points of research methods courses and a 90 point thesis, or a 120 point thesis (if you already have research methods in your previous postgraduate education study).

Students can also complete a thesis through 180 points of study, which will consist of points of coursework in an endorsement area, 30 points of research methods courses and a 90 point thesis. To be eligible to apply for the thesis, students must have achieve a B+ average from their coursework in this qualification.

If you have a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Education or Psychology, a teaching qualification, or an equivalent qualification, you may be eligible to apply for this qualification. Please check admission criteria in the MEd regulations for further information. Students are normally expected to have a B average in their undergraduate study to be eligible for entry to the MEd qualification. If you do not believe you meet entry criteria, please contact our Student Advisors to discuss this qualification, other possible qualification options and pathways to a MEd.

If English is an additional language, you are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements

Students must select up to 120 points from table 1 Level 8 courses and a minimum of 60 points from table 2 Level 9 courses, from 2021 MEd Courses. Please check your MEd course planning and enrolment with our Student Advisors.

There are various ways to fund your MEd, check out the various scholarships and fee waivers avaliable. 

Associate teachers of the University of Canterbury College of Education, Health and Human Development are invited to apply for a 30% fee waiver for one course from our range of postgraduate and professional development qualifications.

 See our international students page for more information and the 12 month unendorsed MEd pathway.

The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. At UC our programmes are strongly connected to our communities of practice.

For many of our programmes, you will not be able to complete research or practice-oriented courses if you are not vaccinated. This is due to research/practice taking place in health centres and schools/kura where all employees and volunteers are required to be vaccinated.

For these courses you will be required to be vaccinated in line with the NZ Government regulations, and supply evidence of your vaccination status.

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