He Kura Tāngata, He Tāngata Kura
This whakatauki expresses our valuing of scholarship and recognition of the unique talents of each member. It cherishes the importance of connecting with people to encourage collaborative partnership in the field of education.
The Institute of Education – Te Kura o Te Mātauranga is an educational environment that values equity, excellence and scholarship in teaching and learning. Our mission is to use responsive and transformative ideas, and work with people in partnership to affect all levels of education success.
Our teaching and research focuses on the role education plays in shaping a just, fair society for all.
How we fit
The Institute of Education is part of the:
Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Massey
We are deeply committed to being a Tiriti-led university, demonstrating authentic leadership in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand as we uphold te Tiriti o Waitangi, the founding document of our nation, and its principles through our practices. We embrace this not just as an obligation but as a real opportunity for the nation and its people.
Study with us
The Institute of Education offers a range of opportunities for your lifelong learning journey and career pathway.
To work in the education sector, our study options include:
- teacher education
- educational psychology
- guidance and counselling
- learning support
- specialist teaching – resource teachers
- speech and language therapy.
Our qualifications are accredited, meaning graduates can be registered practitioners.
Examine learning and equality in education, including in-depth research with our master's and doctorates. Explore areas such as:
- inclusive education
- digital education
- early years
- educational administration and leadership
- mathematics education
- learning and teaching.
Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC)
A whole-school commitment to transforming mathematics teaching and learning by adopting research-based, culturally sustaining practices. DMIC staff conduct professional learning days and in-class mentoring, emphasising equity, social justice, and linking maths to students’ cultures and lives.
Short courses for professional learning
Who we are
Our people make us who we are. Meet some of the team at the Institute of Education.
Associate Professor Alison Kearney
Alison Kearney is a registered teacher with a PhD in Education. At Massey, Alison has taught in the Initial Teacher Education, Masters and Doctoral programmes and more recently, the Specialist Teaching Programme. Her research and teaching interests focus on educational equity, learning and motivation.
Associate Professor Mandia Mentis
Mandia Mentis is co-director of the Specialist Teaching programme and coordinator of Postgraduate Inclusive Education programmes. She's a registered educational psychologist and teacher. Mandia's research interests include assessment and teaching for diversity, and inter-professional practice.
Keri Cheetham leads a team of facilitators who design and deliver professional learning programmes in New Zealand and overseas. Keri develops partnerships across agencies, education settings and in communities to support kaiako and improve education outcomes for tamariki.
Dr Peter Rawlins
Peter Rawlins oversees the suite of academic programmes offered by the Institute of Education. His research and teaching interests are in the area of assessment and mixed methods research. Prior to coming to Massey in 2003, he had been a high school mathematics teacher for 18 years.
Melissa Chanyi came to New Zealand from Canada in 2018 and started at Massey as a finance administrator in the College of Health, moving to the Institute of Education in 2021. Melissa provides support to the Head of Institute as well as staff in financial management and budgetary requirements.
Associate Professor Sally Hansen
Sally Hansen is a registered teacher with extensive experience in secondary schools and a PhD in Education. Her research and teaching focuses on the scholarship of learning and teaching, teacher quality, teacher professional learning, and teacher and learner efficacy.
Our researchers are committed to:
- equitable educational opportunities for all
- contributing research outcomes across a range of educational contexts.
Many of our academics have been school teachers, counsellors, educational psychologists, and other practitioners in the education sector. Our research is strongly embedded in these professional contexts.
Our research centres seek innovative solutions to contemporary issues.
Equity through Education
Dr Wendy Holley-Boen and Dr Lucila Carvalho
An inter-professional community of educators researching issues of educational inequity. Our vision is to break down barriers to learning and promote equity in and through education via research, inquiry, supervision/mentoring and scholarship.
Centre for Research in Mathematics Education (CeRME)
Professor Roberta (Bobbie) Hunter and Associate Professor Jodie Hunter
We bring experts together to work on the transformative potential of maths education in New Zealand, the Pacific and the world. A focus on equity and cultural responsiveness underwrites our projects and our developmental work with teachers, postgraduate students, and new researchers.
Meet our graduates
“By the end of the programme I was putting a lot of what I had learned into practice, and definitely felt I had grown as an educator.”
“Massey allowed me to be Māori in my thoughts, my language and my practices.”
“I enjoy acting in a supporting role to teachers and families and empowering them to feel stronger and more successful in their roles.”
Rankings and accreditations
Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Massey's Initial Teacher Education programme is accredited by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Zealand Speech-language Therapists Association
Massey's Speech Language Therapy programme is accredited by the New Zealand Speech Language Therapists Association.
New Zealand Psychologists Board
Massey's postgraduate psychology qualifications are accredited by the New Zealand Psychologists Board.
New Zealand Association of Counsellors
Massey's Counselling and Guidance programme is accredited by the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).
QS Ranking - Education
Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is the first university in the Southern Hemisphere to partner in a UNESCO UNITWIN initiative: the Global Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education.
Meet our graduates
“It was a great programme, all in Māori. He tohu pai, katoa i te reo Māori.”
“Doing my master’s was a great opportunity for me to go back to the research and literature and really reflect on my practice.”
Speech-Language Therapy Clinic
A teaching clinic offering therapy for children and adults who experience communication and eating difficulties. Supervised by specialist staff, students provide assessment and intervention support at the clinic and in the community.
Location: Auckland campus
Contact the Institute of Education
Institute of Education – Auckland campus
Institute of Education – Manawatū campus
Institute of Education
Social Sciences Tower
Massey University Manawatū Campus (Turitea)
Palmerston North 4474
Institute of Education
Massey University Manawatū
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North 4442