Teaching and Learning – Master of Education

A Master of Education (Teaching and Learning) will allow you to focus on aspects of teaching and learning important to you and your learners.

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 Teaching and Learning for your Master of Education at Massey

A deep understanding of the principles and practices of effective learning and teaching is at the core of what it means to be an effective teacher and learner.

The Master of Education (Teaching and Learning) is an advanced-level professional degree. It is focused on providing a platform for teachers and other educational professionals to consider, reflect on and change what they do in relation to important elements of their work. That includes curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment. This qualification is designed to develop:

  • your philosophy as a teacher or educator
  • classroom practice that caters for learners’ needs
  • equitable classroom practices including literacies, cultural diversity and inclusion
  • your capacity to be informed by scholarly work and to integrate it meaningfully into your own practice.

Why study with us?

  • Informed effective teaching practices.
  • Supportive, constructive environment for you to learn and further develop your understanding.
  • Access to highly qualified experts.
  • Current and relevant thinking and research in teaching and learning.
  • Massey University has extensive experience offering online, blended and distance qualifications.

Your qualification options

The Master of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.

Further study

If you want to advance to doctoral study, you will need at least a B+ grade average in your Master of Education.

A Master of Education in Teaching and Learning is a good fit if you:

  • are interested in developing a deep understanding of how students learn and what motivates them
  • want to know more about applying and adapting teaching strategies to meet your goals.

Planning information

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.

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.

Subject courses: Coursework Pathway (At least 90 credits) or Research Pathway (60 credits)

Course code: 254702 Facing Big Questions in Education 30 credits

An interdisciplinary study of important questions around pedagogy, learning, curriculum and assessment, which challenge teachers in a variety of educational settings. The course will help teachers develop purposeful and practical connections between scholarly work and their own practice.

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Course code: 263701 Enhancing Teacher Learning and Mentoring 30 credits

An advanced study of teacher learning in which a teacher examines and alters their practice and influences others in light of research and professional learning literature.

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Course code: 263704 Advanced Studies in Motivation and Learning 30 credits

A study of learning and the applications of national and international theory and research within learning contexts with an emphasis on contemporary learning themes.

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Course code: 263705 Assessment for Learning and Teaching 30 credits

Contemporary New Zealand and international assessment theory, practice and policy are examined and critiqued with application for educators in their learning context.

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Course code: 263706 Adolescent Learning and Engagement 30 credits

An in-depth study of the developmental and learning needs of adolescent students and the implications for teaching, assessment and curriculum. Issues are critically examined, such as international and national trends in achievement for various groups of students, engaging students in learning, schooling options and transitions.

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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 (Teaching and Learning) 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 your strong interest in knowledge and practice of pedagogy (teaching and learning). This could be in any sector from early childhood through to tertiary and professional development in the workplace.

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, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

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.

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

Learn, teach and motivate

An MEd (Teaching and Learning) can lead to numerous opportunities, professionally and in voluntary positions in the community. Your skills and specialist teaching knowledge will always be highly valued.

Where will your skills take you with an MEd (Teaching and Learning)?

Your skills will be in demand. Our graduates who hold recognised teaching qualifications work in many educational areas (or pursue career paths) such as:

  • early childhood teacher
  • primary school teacher
  • secondary school teacher.

Our graduates also work in roles including:

  • education adviser
  • tertiary lecturer
  • trainer.

If you want to be a teacher

Please note that the Master of Education doesn’t qualify you to be a teacher. If you want to become a teacher, please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Education

Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

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