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Take your passion for education further
Develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress your career as an educational leader.
The Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) will help you create and sustain ethical, inclusive and socially just learning environments.
Massey is a leading provider of postgraduate qualifications in educational administration and leadership. You will gain insights into your own educational leadership practices. This is through analysing the latest theories, policies and practices. Our lecturers are experienced and aspirational practitioners with deep specialist knowledge.
The Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) has a dual emphasis on applied educational leadership and critical thinking and analysis. Our courses are shaped by current, high-quality, national and international research. As well as our understanding of the diverse contexts of educational leadership practice. You’ll be encouraged to analyse and appreciate how theory and practice inform each other.
Join like-minded educational leaders to critically reflect upon your own experiences as an aspiring or experienced educational leader. You will be part of a collaborative academic community. You will be sharing, exploring and debating current educational challenges and opportunities.
Massey is a leader in distance learning. You will stay in contact with your lecturers and peers through our collaborative on-line learning environment. Distance learning lets you fit your study round your life and commitments. You can study anywhere, anytime. You can study full or part-time, whatever suits you.
A Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) builds on your professional experience as an aspiring, middle or experienced leader. It is an applied programme that prepares teachers and leaders in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary contexts for the challenges of taking the lead in their educational settings.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Education (Educational Administration and Leadership) you will have been awarded or qualified for:
If you do not have a Bachelor of Education or equivalent, you will need to supply a copy of your curriculum vitae. See below for more details.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
When you apply, you will choose either a research pathway (90 credit thesis) or a professional inquiry pathway (45 credits of courses).
If you intend to do the research pathway you will need to provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) with your application.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For this programme, your curriculum vitae should show some leadership/management experience in an educational environment (eg, Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Syndicate Leader, Nursing Programme Leader at a Polytechnic, Training Manager in a Hospital, Private Training Organisation (PTO) Team Leader, Head of Human resources in an educational environment, etc).
To do the Educational Administration and Leadership qualification, you need to have some leadership experience. Include a section under employment on your leadership/management responsibilities. You can list any instances where you have led people or projects, either at or outside school, perhaps in your current role. You need to be able to show two years of this type of experience.
The assignments in all the courses in the Digital Education qualification will draw on your leadership experiences. You will need to be able to take your leadership experiences and critique and apply these to your assignments.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
A specialisation (subject) is optional. Subjects require 135 credits for the course work pathway, or 150 credits for the research pathway.
Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements may be able to complete this degree in 120 credits.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.
|259771||Educational Leadership in Action||30|
|259772||Theory and Process in Educational Leadership||30|
|At least 30 credits from|
|254774||Evaluation of Educational Organisations||30|
|254775||Management of Human Resources in Educational Organisations||30|
The Master of Education is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
It is strongly recommended that all subject courses are completed first. The research methods courses should then be completed.
To progress to Part Two you will achieve a minimum B grade average in the first 120 credits of courses.
It is strongly recommended that all subject courses are completed first. The research methods courses must then be completed.
To progress to Part Two you will achieve a minimum B+ grade average in the first 90 credits of courses.
If you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, (and are ineligible to surrender this qualification) you may be admitted directly to Part Two if the required minimum grade average is achieved in the PGDipEd.
If you have a specialisation in the same subject area you may be admitted directly to Part Two in that specialisation.
There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.