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Entry requirements

Before enrolling for this Degree, you shall:

  1. meet the University admission requirements as specified, and shall have:
  2. 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
  3. been awarded or qualified for any other Bachelors 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
  4. been awarded or qualified for any other Bachelors 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
  5. been awarded 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).

Along with certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates, you may be required to provide evidence of sufficient background experience. If you hold any other Bachelors degree or equivalent and have no professional qualification in teaching you will need to provide a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) to support your application.

Your qualification includes 90 credit Thesis or 45 credit Professional Inquiry pathway. As there is more than one option, you will be asked to indicate the number of credits of research you intend to complete. If you intend to do the Research Pathway (90 credit thesis) please provide a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less) with your application.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Transition

All students who commenced study towards the Master of Education on or after 1 January 2016 must satisfy the requirements as specified in these regulations.

Students who have completed fewer than 90 credits towards the Master of Education, as at 1 January 2016, must transfer to the new regulations.

Students who have completed 90 credits or more towards the Master of Education, as at 1 January 2016 may choose to transfer to these regulations, providing they can satisfy all requirements as specified.

Students who have completed 90 credits or more, as at 1 January 2016, may continue under the previous Master of Education regulations but must complete by the end of 2018.

Planning your programme

The Master of Education may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

The 180 credit Master of Education will carry the award of Distinction if completed at a superior standard (equivalent to First Class Honours) or Merit (equivalent to Second Class Honours, Division One) within 18 months of first enrolling for full-time study or within four years of first enrolling for part-time study. Maximum completion timeframe is five years.

Students admitted with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education completing a 120 credit Master of Education must complete within one year of first enrolling for full-time study or within three years of first enrolling for part-time study to be eligible for the award of Merit/Distinction. The maximum completion timeframe for the 120 credit Master of Education is four years.

Master of Education structure

The Master of Education is a 180 credit parts-based programme.

Students shall complete 180 credits at 700/800-level, comprising:

  • Completion of Part One and Part Two as specified in the Schedule;
  • At least 150 credits from the Schedule;

Including at least 15 credits (one course) (Coursework Pathway) or 30 credits (two courses) (Research Pathway) of research methods course(s) as listed in the Regulations;

Students who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, (and are ineligible to surrender this qualification) may be admitted directly to Part Two if the required minimum grade average is achieved in the PGDipEd.

Student with a specialisation in the same subject area may be admitted directly to Part Two in that specialisation.

Students shall complete at least 120 credits, comprising:

  • Part Two as specified in the Schedule;
  • At least 30 credits at 700-level, including at least 15 credits (Coursework Pathway) or 30 credits (Research Pathway) of research methods course(s) as listed in the Schedule for the Qualification.

The qualification may be awarded with or without a subject specialisation.

Coursework (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 students must achieve a minimum B grade average in the first 120 credits of courses.

Without subject

Students completing the MEd without a specialisation must complete 120 credits from any of the subject schedules or elective schedule, one 15 credit research methods course (from 267.740, 267.741, 267.782 or 267.783), and the 45 credit Professional Inquiry course (267.861). This will allow you to construct a qualification individualised to your personal needs.

With subject

Students must complete at least 90 credits from the relevant subject schedule, including any compulsory courses. An additional 30 credits may come from any of the subject schedules, or from the elective schedule. All students must complete one 15 credit research methods course (listed above) and the 45 credits Professional Inquiry course (267.861). The focus of the Professional Inquiry should be in the subject specialisation area.

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 students must achieve a minimum B+ grade average in the first 90 credits of courses.

Without subject

Students completing the research pathway without a specialisation must complete 60 credits from any of the subject schedules or the elective schedule, two 15 credit research methods courses (from 267.740, 267.741, 267.782, 267.783), and a 90 credit Thesis (267.881/267.882).

With subject

Students completing the research pathway with a subject must complete 60 credits from the subject schedule, including any compulsory courses, two 15 credit research methods courses (listed above), and a 90 credit Thesis (267.881/267.882). The focus of the Thesis should be in the relevant subject area.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

Courses

Part One

At least 90 credits (Coursework Pathway) or 60 credits (Research Pathway) from Master of Education Subjects (see ‘Regulations’ tab or Endorsement Schedule)

Elective courses for the Master of Education

253.750 Counselling Theory
253.753 Guidance in Education
253.754 Family and Couples Counselling
253.755 Culture and Counselling
254.706 Advanced Studies in Curriculum Policy and Practice
254.744 Educational Issues Among Pacific Islands Peoples in New Zealand
262.751 Theory and Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education

Research Methods courses

15 credits (Coursework Pathway) or 30 credits (Research Pathway) from:
267.741 Indigenous Research Methodologies
267.740 Mixed Methods Research in Education
267.782 Quantitative Research in Education
267.783 Qualitative Research in Education

Part Two

Research Pathway (90 credits)

267.881 Thesis Part I
267.882 Thesis Part II

Coursework Pathway (45 credits)

267.861 Professional Inquiry

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the 'Regulations' button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual courses requirements, please use our Course search.

Majors or endorsements

Students may complete a subject by completing at least 135 credits (Coursework pathway) or at least 150 credits (Thesis pathway) in a subject including Part Two. The requirements for each subject are set out in the 'Regulations' tab.


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