Master of Education


Doug Black

Principal, Paeroa College
Master of Education student

"The readings have been interesting and have caused me to reflect on my own practice, which was exactly what I wanted from this program. I've also found that writing my assessment papers is a good way to clarify my own thinking around particular issues in education."

Read Doug's story

The Master of Education at the AUT South Campus in Manukau encourages you to develop advanced knowledge, critical analysis and research skills in the field of education. You may also specialise in a field of education.

This master's degree in education has a strong focus on evaluating theory from a practice perspective from a range of different educational sectors and settings. In your thesis you have the opportunity to investigate an issue, innovation or problem in your own educational setting

Programme code: AK3649
Level: 9
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full-time / Maximum 5 years part-time
Venue: South Campus
Flexible mode: day classes and online learning
Start date: 26 Feb 2018 / 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full.

Entry requirements

One of the following with a B grade average of higher in level 7 papers (or equivalent):

  • Bachelor of Education ([Specialty] Teaching)
  • Graduate Diploma in [Specialty] Education

Structure and content

The content of this Manukau based programme is determined by your choice of papers and thesis topic. While you can specialise in a specific sub-field of education, you are required to develop your research skills in a more general way.

You are encouraged to develop a cross-disciplinary approach to your studies while developing and applying theoretical and grounded perspectives for a wide range of issues and contexts in education.


You complete the master's degree with papers and one of the following:

  • 120 point research thesis, or
  • 90 point research thesis, or
  • 60 point dissertation

299301 Educational Research

CLSY800 Reading Paper
EDUC807 The Inquiring Higher Education Teacher
EDUC802 Curriculum Design and Assessment in Higher Education
CDEV801 Career Theories
EDUC804 Learning in a Digital Age
EDLD804 Organisational Culture and Educational Leadership
CDEV902 Career Counselling Skills
CDEV802 Leadership in the Career Industry
EDUC810 Early Years: Extending Children's Thinking
EDUC811 Early Years: Reconceptualising Childhood
EDUC812 Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC813 Education in Schools: Learning and Teaching
EDUC814 Individual Directed Study
EDUC815 Special Topic 1
EDUC816 Special Topic 2
EDUC817 Educational Philosophy
EDUC821 Steiner Education: Theory and Contemporary Perspectives
EDUC822 Montessori Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
EDUC823 Pasifika Education: Issues, Educational Research Methodologies
EDUC824 Educational Futures - Part 1: The Theory
EDUC825 Educational Futures - Part 2: The Practice

EDUC997 Master of Education Dissertation
EDUC998 Master of Education Thesis (90 points)
EDUC999 Master of Education Thesis (120 points)

Career opportunities

This qualification enhances the academic, research and professional expertise of graduates who are engaged in, or expect to enter, the educational work sector.

This includes:

  • Adult and tertiary education
  • Compulsory education
  • Early childhood education
  • Non-formal education.

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.50pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.