Master of Education Practice

Designed for practising teachers, this masters programme will equip you with relevant, research-based knowledge and skills to enhance your practice and address vital educational issues within your own work context.

Quick facts  
Is part-time study available? Yes

Programme overview

If you are a practising teacher who would like to advance your knowledge, skills and qualification and apply them directly to your own work context, this programme offers flexible pathways for you to achieve your goals.

You can choose to study by practice project or taught courses. You will be equipped with world-leading research, knowledge and tools to help enhance your practice, and ultimately help you achieve positive and equitable outcomes for diverse communities and learners.

This practitioner-focused programme is designed to be taken part-time, outside of school hours, using a blend of face-to-face and online delivery.

A practice project is a 45-point independent study focused on your own teaching and learning context, with a view to improving student learning. It is not a thesis or dissertation.

120-point taught masters. An advanced degree for practising teachers with at least one or two years’ experience (depending on prior qualifications). Completion by education practice project or by taught courses around Education Practice.
180-point taught masters. Study at an advanced level around aspects of Education Practice. Completion by education practice project or by taught courses focusing on topics such as Contemporary Pedagogies, Literacy Education, Curriculum Theory and Social Psychology of the Classroom.

Subject to standard regulatory approval this programme will be available for the first time in 2018.

Programme structure

120-point taught masters

Requirement:

By practice project

  • Two compulsory core courses (45 points total): The Twenty-first Century Classroom/Centre (EDPROF 702), Practitioner Inquiry Techniques (EDPROF 703)
  • One 30-point elective course from other approved 700 level courses offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • A 45-point Education Practice Project (EDPROF 792) 

By taught courses

  • One 30-point compulsory core course: Advanced Study of Education Practice (EDPROF 704)
  • At least one 30-point elective course from the schedule (Level 9 courses): Contemporary Pedagogies (EDCURRIC 700), Teaching with Digital Pedagogies (EDCURRIC 720), Accelerate Learning in a Digital World (EDCURRIC 740), Special Study (EDPRAC 703), Ako: Learning to Learn and Teaching to Learn (EDPROF 737), Issues in Literacy Education (EDPROFST 701), ECE Curriculum Issues (EDPROFST 751), Mentoring Teachers (EDPROFST 762), Curriculum: Theory, Issues, Practice (EDPROFST 777), Education and Diversity (EDUC 716), Adolescence and Positive Youth Development (EDUC 747), Social Psychology of the Classroom (EDUC 755), Childhood Studies (EDUC 767)
  • Two elective courses (60 points total) from other approved 700 level courses offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work

180-point taught masters

Requirement:

By practice project

  • Two compulsory core courses (45 points total): The Twenty-first Century Classroom/Centre (EDPROF 702), Practitioner Inquiry Techniques (EDPROF 703)
  • Three elective courses (90 points total) from other approved 700 level courses offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work 
  • A 45-point Education Practice Project (EDPROF 792)

By taught courses

  • One 30-point compulsory core course: Advanced Study of Education Practice (EDPROF 704)
  • At least one 30-point elective course from the schedule (Level 9 courses): Contemporary Pedagogies (EDCURRIC 700), Teaching with Digital Pedagogies (EDCURRIC 720), Accelerate Learning in a Digital World (EDCURRIC 740), Special Study (EDPRAC 703), Ako: Learning to Learn and Teaching to Learn (EDPROF 737), Issues in Literacy Education (EDPROFST 701), ECE Curriculum Issues (EDPROFST 751), Mentoring Teachers (EDPROFST 762), Curriculum: Theory, Issues, Practice (EDPROFST 777), Education and Diversity (EDUC 716), Adolescence and Positive Youth Development (EDUC 747), Social Psychology of the Classroom (EDUC 755), Childhood Studies (EDUC 767)
  • Four elective courses (120 points total) from other approved 700 level courses offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work

Sample programme structure

120 points  
By practice project By taught courses
EDPROF 702
Compulsory core course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
Level 8 course
Elective course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
EDPROF 703
Compulsory core course
15 points
EDCURRIC 700*
Elective course from schedule
30 points
EDPROF 792
Education practice project
45 points
EDPROF 704
Compulsory core course
30 points
180 points  
By practice project By taught courses
EDPROF 702
Compulsory core course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
700 level course
Elective course
30 points
EDPROF 703
Compulsory core course
15 points
EDPROFST 751*
Elective course from schedule
30 points
EDPROF 792
Education practice project
45 points
EDPROF 704
Compulsory core course
30 points

*or other elective from the schedule above

Entry requirements

University of Auckland qualifications

120-point taught

You must have completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education, Primary or Secondary), Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Field-based), Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours), Bachelor of Education (Teaching) or Bachelor of Physical Education with a GPA of 5.0 or higher.

In addition, you must have at least one year of teaching experience. At least two years of teaching experience is required for qualified graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Teaching), Bachelor of Physical Education or Graduate Diploma in Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages.

180-point taught

You must have completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education, Primary or Secondary), Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Field-based), Bachelor of Education (Teaching), Bachelor of Physical Education or Graduate Diploma in Teaching English in Schools to Speakers of Other Languages with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

A GPA of 4.0 is required for graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours) or its equivalent.

Qualifications from another tertiary institution

120-point taught

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in education, teaching or physical education; or one year of postgraduate study in education or teaching, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 5.0 or higher.

In addition, you must have at least one year of teaching experience. At least two years of teaching experience is required if you have completed an undergraduate degree in education, teaching or physical education.

180-point taught

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in education, teaching or physical education; or one year of postgraduate study in education or teaching, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 3.5 or higher.

A GPE of 4.0 is required for graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours) or its equivalent.

Career opportunities

This masters qualification builds on the knowledge teachers already have through their initial teacher education programmes and teaching experience. It has the potential to enhance qualified teachers’ opportunities for promotion and career prospects, byproviding them with tools that directly relate to their practice.

Job opportunities

  • Communities of Learning (CoLs) leader
  • Education sector leader
  • Human resources practitioner
  • Organisational development manager
  • School centre manager or specialist
  • Trainer in organisations

Further study options

If you are not able to achieve the required GPA of 5.0 in the first 60 points of taught courses, you may apply to reassign courses passed for this degree to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education or Postgraduate Certificate in Education.