Master of Education
Our Master of Education (MEd) qualifications are 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, thesis 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 eight specialist endorsements. Curriculum and Pedagogy, e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Hoaka Pounamu: Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Literacy, Positive Behaviour Support and Teaching and Learning Languages.
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).
Please contact our Student Advisor to plan your thesis pathway.
Students can also complete a thesis through our Master of Education 180 point pathway.
The Master of Education 180 point pathway can be completed either by coursework or a combination of courses and thesis. Each specialist endorsement has different compulsory and optional courses which can be viewed below.
The coursework option generally consists of six courses totalling 180 points including compulsory course EDME601 and a minimum of 60 points from Level 9 courses within your 180 points.
For the unendorsed 180 point pathway, has one compulsory course EDME601. Choose a further 90 points from the Level 8 courses and a minimum of 60 points from the Level 9 courses in the 2022 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.
The Master of Education 180 point endorsed pathway gives you the option to choose from eight specialist endorsements.
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- E-Learning and Digital Technologies
- Hoaka Pounamu
- Inclusive and Special Education
- Teaching and Learning Languages
- Positive Behaviour Support
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 complete compulsory course EDME601 and select a minimum of 60 points from Level 9 courses within your 180 points.
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
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.
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.