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Master of Educational Leadership (MEd Leadership)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Hamilton Campus


Enhance your career prospects with a specialised programme that challenges you personally and professionally. Make a difference to the quality of education and create opportunities for your future leadership in education.

Work with academics who are internationally recognised for their leadership research and practice. Develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader.

The School of Education offers an Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the School’s initial teacher education programmes and students.

Programme highlights:

  • Develop and enhance leadership skills, knowledge and dispositions to be an effective educational leader
  • Inquire into personal leadership practice and organisational systems through strength-based inquiry
  • Examine and apply contextual leadership systems and practices to initiate, support and sustain change and innovation in educational contexts
  • Understand, critique and contribute to the educational research that is shaping New Zealand's educational policy and develop the required leadership to respond effectively
  • Locate leadership work in a framework of social justice and seek to make a difference for high-needs students
  • Enhance leadership networks by contributing to a vibrant professional learning community
  • Experience flexible delivery (NET/Block course)
  • Complete the MEdLeadership at a pace that suits you, part-time while you work or full-time over 18 months

Structure of programme

The requirements are 180 points including:

  • EDLED501 and EDLED502;
  • one of the research methods papers; and
  • one of the research paper options with a focus on educational leadership.

There are normally three options regarding how study can be planned.

Research Methods and Research

Choose one from:

  • EDUCA557 - Research Methods
  • MAOED500 - Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research
  • EDUCA500 - Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories

And one from:

  • EDUCA590 - Directed Study
  • EDUCA592 - Dissertation
  • EDUCA593 - Masters Thesis
  • EDUCA594 Masters Thesis

Educational Leadership papers are offered fully online or partially online with block/on-campus teaching in Hamilton and Tauranga.

Entry criteria

Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least a B grade average across the level 300 papers and:

(1) a teaching qualification or a major or minor in any of the subjects offered in the Master of Education, or

(2) substantial relevant experience.

Two years' teaching experience is normally preferred.

120 point Master of Educational Leadership available subject to meeting eligibility requirements

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; University of Waikato College - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

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