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Master of Education

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


12 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


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.

Those interested in a research-focused programme of study may consider the Master of Education (Thesis).

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.

Subjects and courses

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

Curriculum and Pedagogy (not open to new enrolments)
Digital Education Futures
Inclusive and Special Education
Positive Behaviour Support (not open to new enrolments)
Teaching and Learning Languages
Tertiary Teaching

Further study

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


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

You 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): An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing, and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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