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Master of Education

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


12 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Canterbury


The Master of Education (MEd) allows a pathway for current teachers, educational professionals, counsellors, and leaders to gain a master's level qualification examining practice and critical issues in education.

Why study a Master of Education at UC?

  • This is an ideal qualification for those who have already undertaken some postgraduate study to achieve research-informed teaching and leadership in their educational setting.
  • Option to study in a specialised area of education, ranging from Digital Education Futures to Special and Inclusive Education.

The Master of Education is made up of 180 points, which includes coursework in either a subject endorsement or can be unendorsed.

The minimum period of enrolment for this pathway for a full-time students is 12–18 months and the maximum 3 years. Students can begin this programme in February, July, or November.

Subjects and courses

You can choose to complete the MEd unendorsed, or endorsed in one of the options below:

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • e-Learning and Digital Technologies
  • Hoaka Pounamu: Te Reo Maori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching
  • Inclusive and Special Education
  • Leadership
  • Literacy
  • Teaching and Learning Languages.

Further study

You could go onto a Doctor of Education, or onto a PhD in Education.

Career opportunities

This study will help you gain further insight into your educational practice, and develop skills in new and emerging theories of education, which could lead to new opportunities in leadership or research in the field.


Entry criteria

Students will need to have a bachelor's degree (or an equivalent degree) with a major in Education, Psychology, or a related subject with a B grade average; or have any Aotearoa university degree and a professional teaching qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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