Digital Education – Master of Education

Massey’s Master of Education (Digital Education) will give you the critical insight and practical and research skills you need to thrive in the rapidly changing field of digital learning and teaching.

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students studying online from outside New Zealand

Specialise in Digital Education for your Master of Education at Massey

Everyday life is being fundamentally changed by digital technologies. Education is part of this change. Learning is no longer confined to a place or to traditional pathways of learning.

In the Master of Education (Digital Education), you will learn to analyse and critique digital education theory and practice. You’ll develop your understanding of the complexities of digital learning and teaching. You’ll also enhance the effectiveness of your digital teaching to improve students' learning within a safe and inclusive learning environment. You can conduct your own research in an aspect of digital education that interests you.

Your qualification options

The Master of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Further study

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 Master of Education in Digital Education is a good fit if you:

  • want to understand digital education better
  • want skills and knowledge in existing and emerging digital learning
  • would like to conduct your own research in some aspect of digital education.

Planning information

The Master of Education (Digital Education) is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.

If you are planning your Part One courses for the Research pathway, you will need to pass only one 15 credit research methods course, not two, as indicated in the entry requirements for the thesis (267881 Thesis Part 1 or 267880 Thesis). The entry requirements for the thesis are being updated.

Course work (professional inquiry) pathway

To progress to Part Two you will need a minimum B grade average in the first 120 credits of courses.

Research (thesis) pathway

To progress to Part Two you will achieve a minimum B+ grade average in the first 90 credits of courses.

Advanced entry

If you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education you may may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Returning students

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Core courses for the Master of Education

As well as the specialisation courses listed below, this qualification has core courses that you will need to complete.

Master of Education core courses

Digital Education courses

Choose at least 60 credits from
Course code: 261760 Digital Education and Design for Learning 30 credits

This course critically explores ways of framing the design of digitally-enhanced learning situations through three components: the crafting of learning tasks, the digital and material tools and spaces for learning, and the social arrangements that organise learners and encourage cooperative activity. Students discuss selected approaches, techniques, and tools of relevance to those designing for other people’s learning in diverse contexts.

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Course code: 261765 Trends in Digital Education 30 credits

This course critically explores how learning and pedagogical practices co-evolve with technological innovations, drawing on contemporary learning theories and empirical research in diverse learning contexts. Central themes in this course include critical issues in digital education, teaching & learning in a networked society, and how new/emerging technologies influence processes of learning and transformation.

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Course code: 261766 Teaching and Digital Education 30 credits

This course explores the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning in diverse professional contexts. It critically examines how digital technologies can be used to support and enhance teaching, learning, and assessment. The course will scope a range of topics related to digital education, including theories, perspectives, principles and pedagogical approaches for diverse learners and learning situations.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Master of Education (Digital Education) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • the Bachelor of Education with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and hold a professional qualification in teaching, or
  • any other bachelor’s degree with a grade average in the highest level courses of at least a B, or equivalent, and have professional experience relevant to the intended postgraduate subject, or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, or equivalent, with a grade average across all courses of at least B (coursework pathway) or at least a B+ (research pathway).

If you do not have a Bachelor of Education or equivalent, you will need to supply a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV). You need to have some leadership experience. 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.

If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Massey University as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification.

You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Research and coursework pathway

When you apply, you will choose either a research pathway or a coursework pathway

If you intend to do the research pathway (thesis) you will need to provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) with your application.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

The skills and knowledge that the Master of Education (Digital Education) provides will enable you to pursue or advance your career in the diverse and fast-moving field of digital education.

Digital education professionals are needed in a wide variety of areas including:

  • teaching
  • industry
  • government
  • learning and instructional design
  • defence force
  • libraries
  • academic and professional development
  • health sector
  • digital education research and policy development.

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