Master of Education
The Master of Education (MEd) allows a pathway for current teachers, educational professionals, counsellors, and leaders to gain a master's level qualification examining practice and critical issues in education.
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.
- This is an ideal qualification for those who have already undertaken some postgraduate study to achieve research-informed teaching and leadership in their educational setting
- Option to study in a specialised area of education, ranging from e-Learning and Digital Technologies to Special and Inclusive Education
- UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Education and Training (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
You will need to have a bachelor's degree (or an equivalent degree) with a major in Education, Psychology, or a related subject with a B grade average; or have any Aotearoa university degree and a professional teaching qualification.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
One or more courses or research may require vaccination
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.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Master of Education is made up of 180 points, which includes coursework in either a subject endorsement or can be unendorsed.
The degree takes 12-18 months studying full-time, or up to 5 years part-time.
You can begin studies in February, July, or November.
You can choose to complete the MEd unendorsed, or endorsed in one of the options below:
- Curriculum and Pedagogy
- e-Learning and Digital Technologies
- Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching
- Inclusive and Special Education
- Positive Behaviour Support (not open to new enrolments)
- Teaching and Learning Languages
More information on each endorsement and course requirements is available on Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education website.
This study will help you gain further insight into your educational practice, and develop skills in new and emerging theories of education, which could lead to new opportunities in leadership or research in the field.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See more information about our Master of Education programme.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Education.
For study planning help, contact our Student Advisor team.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education.