Master of Education (Digital Education)

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Become an expert in e-learning

Massey’s Master of Education (Digital Education) will give you knowledge of digital technologies to take your career to the next level, whatever your field.

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What is it like?

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

The Master of Education (Digital Education) provides a specialist qualification for educational professionals interested in the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning. It’s relevant in a variety of contexts including early childhood centres, schools, vocational education, higher education, business, community organisations, hospitals, libraries e-learning consultancy organisations and lifelong learning.

The programme emphasises the relationship between principles of good education and use of digital technologies as tools to promote learning.

Study that fits with your lifestyle

Programme delivery is almost exclusively online, and uses a range of contemporary digital technology tools including wikis, blogs, e-portfolios, social media, multimedia, web conferencing, open educational resources, mobile apps and the Massey Stream on-line learning environment. You have a choice of two pathways: the coursework pathway has extensive practical work, while the academic pathway is research-based.

You will be encouraged to:

  • Analyse and critique the theory and practice of digital education
  • Explore and participate in a wide range of research in this area
  • Develop the confidence and flexibility to use your growing digital education expertise and provide leadership in your professional role.

Why study with us?

  • Designed for those considering a career in academic and professional development, instructional design, online development and teaching, or leadership in technology-related education initiatives. It is also suitable for professional educators from all sectors who want to enhance their skills with digital technologies
  • The learning has a real connection between research, practice and skills
  • Topics are current and on-trend
  • You become immersed in a rich e-learning community and can share your knowledge and research
  • Our highly qualified experts are supportive, respectful and engaging
  • Massey University has extensive experience offering online, blended and distance qualifications

Your qualification options

Please note that the Master of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Are you passionate about digital education
  • Want to become an educational leader in digital technologies
Ra Ellingham
Master of Education (E-Learning)
Assistant Principal at Napier Intermediate School

“Massey’s distance option made choosing to study with them an easy decision…”

I’ve always been interested in where education is heading in the future, so when I heard a colleague of mine give unequivocal praise about Massey University’s course examining trends in education it really piqued my curiosity to consider going back to study.

Massey’s distance option made choosing to study with them an easy decision. It allowed me to juggle a family and career and wrap my study around this in a way that suited me. It took me a while to decide what to focus on, but when I found the e-learning courses I knew they were the right fit for me. I applied for a Teachers Council scholarship and was lucky to have this cover my first four courses.

Studying was a full on experience, but I welcomed the challenge with open arms. It really encouraged me to stretch, and it was pretty scary being dropped into an online learning environment. However, the autonomy for how the groups connected and collaborated was a real plus.

My study gave me the confidence needed to push for changes and move into senior management at work. Since graduating, I have become Assistance Principal and feel I have a much stronger role in shaping the direction of our school using my knowledge of e-learning to move the school forward.


Your Master of Education (Digital Education) can lead to numerous career opportunities, professionally and in voluntary positions in the community. Your skills and teaching knowledge will always be in demand.

Are you considering a career in academic and professional development? The research pathway is for you if you wish to pursue an academic career in e-learning.

You could find work or enhance your career in many educational areas such as:

  • Teaching
  • Academic and professional development
  • Learning and instructional design
  • Teaching and online development (trainer)
  • Project management and leadership in digital technology-related educational initiatives
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • E-learning consultancy
  • Research and policy development

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