New Zealand Education - Think New Logo

Private Training Establishment

New Zealand Tertiary College
New Zealand Tertiary College logo

Master of Education (Early Childhood Education)

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Oct 2022


New Zealand Tertiary College


Designed to advance quality teaching, learning, and research and scholarship skills in the early childhood sector, this research-based Master’s is ideal for graduates who have a degree and want to take their educational and professional skills to a higher level.


  • Children and Families in Early Childhood Education
  • The Authentic Leader
  • Communities of Learning: Making Connections in Early Childhood Education
  • Research Methods in Early Childhood Education
  • The Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • The Effective Early Childhood Manager
  • Dissertation
  • Thesis (MR603)
  • Thesis (MR604)
  • The Ethical Self in Early Childhood Education
  • Working with Adults: Participating in Dynamic Relations
  • The Philosophy of Early Childhood: Historical and Modern Perspectives
  • Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education
  • Special Topic
  • Directed Study

Further study pathways

Upon completion of the Master of Education (Early Childhood Education) you may be eligible to apply for PHD programs beyond NZTC.

Mode of learning

  • Online - Online is a flexible mode of learning without face-to-face attendance requirements. All study is conducted through NZTC Online. Courses are completed and assessed online, and you are part of an online learning community where you can interact with other students and lecturers through online discussion forums to assist your learning.
  • Blended Learning - This mode of learning blends the flexibility of online learning with workplace learning and practical experience. All students have access to NZTC Online for learning including course materials, research and support materials, and assessment submission and return, while learning in their workplace.

Entry criteria

All applicants must:

  • Hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree (360 credits), or higher qualification with an average grade deemed acceptable to the Academic Board (Applicants who have gained their qualification outside of New Zealand will have their qualification assessed by NZTC but may need to provide an NZQA International Qualifications Assessment confirming the level and credit value of the bachelor’s degree) OR completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from NZTC with a grade point average of merit or higher
  • Declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on your performance as a student

Students are required to provide proof of their English language competency by meeting the language criteria defined in Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 for a level 8 qualification.

Please note:

Credit for prior formal learning may be awarded towards this qualification at the discretion of the College

Share this course

Share this course