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Master of Education (Early Years)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Be a leader in education

With Massey’s Master of Education (Early Years) you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to be a leader in early years education.

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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 (Early Years) is of particular value for early childhood educators and early years teachers, facilitators of early childhood professional development, tertiary teachers in early childhood education/early years programmes and other professionals involved in the education of young children from birth to eight. This qualification builds upon prior knowledge and experience in early years educational settings and supports you to develop your understandings and teaching practices through engagement with research, theory and other professionals.

Why study with us?

Join us to take your learning to the next level and achieve your goals in education.

You will:

  • challenge and build your knowledge
  • enjoy extensive networking opportunities with other early years educators
  • focus on children from birth to eight, including the transition to school
  • have the opportunity to conduct, participate in and access current and relevant research in a supportive environment
  • choose from specialist and specific topics designed for your context
  • benefit from Massey University’s extensive experience in online, blended and distance qualifications
  • collaborate with our outstanding staff to advance your interests and engage in active research
  • contribute to the New Zealand knowledge base in early years education

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:

  • Want to engage with other teachers and professionals who want to keep learning
  • Are passionate about early years teaching and children’s learning
  • Want to access current and relevant research and thinking in early years
  • Want to build on your knowledge and enhance your professional skills
  • Have a passion for learning through research


Whether you are enhancing your career or broadening your knowledge, the Master of Education (Early Years) can lead to numerous opportunities, professionally and in voluntary positions in the community. Your skills and teaching knowledge will always be highly valued by yourself and others, as well as being applicable to your day-to-day work.

Where will Master of Education (Early Years) take you?

Use your skills to directly benefit your early years students. Master of Education (Early Years) graduates work in many educational areas such as:

  • Early childhood settings - leadership and management
  • Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour
  • Ministry roles
  • Facilitation roles
  • Professional development and in-service teacher education
  • Social work
  • Educational psychology
  • Early intervention specialists
  • Initial teacher education
  • Deputy principals
  • Curriculum or syndicate leaders in junior primary
  • Initial teacher education provider

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