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Master of Education


Course Description

Overview
The Master of Education consists of 240 points of study, usually taken as a combination of taught courses and a research thesis. The Master of Education is designed to give teachers, educational professionals, counsellors and researchers the opportunity to examine practice and critical issues in education, and undertake research in their fields of interest.
The Master of Education may be awarded endorsed in Inclusive and Special Education.
Those with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours or equivalent may only be required to complete 120 points.

Qualification specific requirements
Candidates wishing to enrol in the Master of Education must have qualified for one of the following:

*Any appropriate degree in New Zealand with two 300-level courses in Education
*A Postgraduate Diploma in Education or equivalent
*Any appropriate degree in New Zealand and have successfully completed a minimum one-year teacher training course; or have experience as a teacher, educator or counsellor; or be deemed suitable for training as a counsellor
*Any appropriate degree in New Zealand and completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Candidates wishing to enrol in the MEd endorsed in Inclusive and Special Education must have either qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma Education Inclusive and Special Education or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching or equivalent.

Qualification structure and duration
The degree consists of either courses alone, or courses and a thesis, options include:
*Courses equivalent to 2.0 EFTS (240 points)
*Courses equivalent to 1.25 EFTS (150 points) and a thesis equivalent to 0.75 EFTS (90 points)
*Courses equivalent to 1.0 EFTS (120 points) and a thesis equivalent to 1.0 EFTS (120 points)
*Courses equivalent to 1.0 EFTS (120 points), or by a course equivalent to 0.25 EFTS (30 points) and a thesis equivalent to 0.75 EFS (90 points) or by a thesis equivalent to 1.0 EFTS (120 points)

Each candidate must normally complete two of the following:
*EDEM693 Introduction to Methodologies and Ethics in Educational Research
*EDEM694 Quantitative Research In Education
*EDEM697 Qualitative Research in Education
*EDEM698 Emergent Research Methodologies
The fourth option is available only to candidates who have qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or equivalent.

Candidates completing the Master of Education endorsed in Inclusive and Special Education must complete a thesis equivalent to 120 points, or a thesis equivalent to 90 points and a course/courses equivalent to 30 points.
Not all courses will be offered in any one year.

Duration
The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is two consecutive years; the maximum period is two years from the year of first enrolment if completing the degree by coursework alone or three years if completing by thesis.
The minimum period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is four consecutive years; the maximum period is six years from the year of first enrolment.

Entry Requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

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