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Specialise in Inclusive Education for your Master of Education at Massey
All students have the right to access education and have their individual needs met. As classrooms become more diverse, inclusive education becomes more challenging.
The Master of Education (Inclusive Education) is an advanced level professional degree for teachers working in the field of inclusive and special education within the school and wider education sector. This degree will provide you with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills to support teachers and students to succeed in an inclusive education system.
Your qualification options
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.
If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification.
A Master of Education in Inclusive Education is a good fit if you:
- Want to support the inclusion of all children in the classrooms
- Have a particular topic that you would like to explore in more depth
- Enjoy being up-to-date with special and inclusive education.
The Master of Education is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second.
Course work (Professional inquiry) pathway
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 need a minimum B grade average in the first 120 credits of courses.
Research (thesis) pathway
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 need a minimum B+ grade average in the first 90 credits of courses.
If you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education you may may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification.
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.
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.
Course code: 249741 Assessment and Planning for Learners with Diverse Needs credits 30
A study of contemporary assessment and programming practices for students with special needs. The implications of theory and research for teaching practice will be stressed.View full course details
Course code: 249742 Teaching Methods for Learners with Diverse Needs credits 30
A study of contemporary teaching approaches for different areas of special needs, with a particular emphasis on the implications of theory and research for teaching practice.View full course details
Subject courses: Coursework Pathway
Course code: 249744 Understanding Learners with Behaviour Difficulties credits 30
An advanced study of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Major topics include terminology, definition, classification, contributing causes, theoretical perspectives, behavioural characteristics, educational and ethical considerations, and remediation with a focus on the ecological perspective.View full course details
Course code: 263704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning credits 30
A study of learning and the applications of national and international theory and research within learning contexts with an emphasis on contemporary learning themes.View full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Education (Inclusive 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). Your CV should show some leadership/management experience in an educational environment (e.g. 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).
If you have a Postgraduate Diploma in Education as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.
You will need to provide verified copies of all 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.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
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.
- Student loans (StudyLink)
- Fees Free
- Student portal
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
Graduates can contribute positively to the practice of special and inclusive education in a range of contexts, including early years, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, and government and non-government organisations.
Related study options
Inclusive Education – Postgraduate Diploma in Education
Go further with your passion for education. Gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills to support teachers and students with diverse learning needs.
Without Specialisation – Master of Specialist Teaching
If you’re keen to work with diverse learners and their teachers, then a Master of Specialist Teaching is for you.
Useful planning information
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions. Learn more on careers.govt.nz