Master of Education

Develop advanced knowledge and critical analysis skills in the broader area of education. The Master of Education is designed for professionals in early childhood education, compulsory education, adult and tertiary education and non-formal education.

Our Master of Education responds to students’ desire for a shorter, more flexible and more tailored postgraduate educational qualification. The programme offers flexibility, has a simple structure, and enables students to pursue an area of interest through research.

The Master of Education is designed to prepare students to undertake research in education. It's not a teaching qualification and it does not lead to registration as a teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

One of the following with a B grade average or higher in level 7 papers (or equivalent):

  • Bachelor of Education (Specialty) Teaching
  • Graduate Diploma in (Specialty) Teaching

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing and all other bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

You complete the master's degree with:

  • 60 points of optional papers and
  • 60 points of compulsory educational research papers and
  • 60-point dissertation

An alternative Master of Education pathway includes a 90-point thesis but is only recommended for students with experience or a very clear proposal for research. Talk to the programme leader if you're interested in this pathway.

Complete the following papers

You need to have completed the two educational research papers before you can enrol in the dissertation.

Optional papers include

The papers listed above are subject to change.

Papers from other degrees

You can also choose one paper from our Master of Educational Leadership or Master of Education Practice.

Skills you will develop

  • Develop advanced understanding of education through research and its application
  • Critically evaluate policy, research and practice
  • Understand the historical and theoretical underpinnings of educational research methods
  • Focus your study on specialist or generalist education topics
  • Further your understanding of schools, early childhood centres, tertiary or higher education institutions or teaching in community or informal education contexts beyond educational practice

Master of Education graduates will have a broad range of research skills for application to their area of education.

This includes:

  • Adult and tertiary education
  • Compulsory education
  • Early childhood education
  • Non-formal education

This qualification does not provide eligibility for provisional teacher registration.

The Master of Education can serve as a pathway to doctoral study.

Master of Education - Diagram
Ways to complete the Master of Education
Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1053
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1.5 years full-time / part-time available
Campus:
North Campus
South Campus
Starts:

24 Feb 2020

13 Jul 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$8,540
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$30,725
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points of this 180-point programme in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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