Educational Leadership (2021)

This subject focuses on critical inquiry into the skills and knowledge needed by educational leaders to provide high quality and socially just education experiences and opportunities. Study in this field examines the personal, contextual, political, cultural, and economic influences which shape the work of educational leaders in a range of settings.


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  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(EdLeadership)

    The qualification regulations define the Postgraduate Certificate. Students must take 60 points from the subject of Educational Leadership. Within the Postgraduate Certificate a specialisation is available in Coaching and Mentoring, which requires EDLED503 and EDLED506.

  • Prescriptions for the PGDip(EdLeadership)

    To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, students must take 120 points at 500 level, including EDLED501, EDLED502, and at least a further 30 points from the Educational Leadership subject. 30 points may be taken from another Postgraduate Diploma subject.

  • Prescriptions for the MEdLeadership

    To complete the Master of Educational Leadership, students must take 180 points at 500 level, including EDLED501, EDLED502, and one of EDUCA500, EDUCA557, or MAOED500, and one of a Directed Study equivalent to 30 points, or a Dissertation equivalent to 60 points, or a Thesis equivalent to 90 points.

    Students will normally be expected to focus their independent research on a topic related to Educational Leadership.

    Optional papers will be selected from the papers listed in the Educational Leadership subject, or 30 points may be selected from outside the field of the degree.

  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    EDLED501Educational Leadership: Issues and Perspectives30.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
    Reflective practitioners are introduced to theories and practices of educational leadership in this paper. Major theorists and researchers are critically considered with an emphasis on relating these to the realities of education settings. The discourses which shape the educational leadership landscape in New Zealand will be explor...
    EDLED502Educational Leadership: Organisational Change and Development30.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
    This paper explores theories and practices of organisational development, culture and change in educational settings. The nature and characteristics of effective professional communities and the central role of leaders in educational improvement and innovation are key areas of investigation. Participants will engage with and critiq...
    EDLED503Developing Educational Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring30.021A (Block)
    This paper critically examines theories and models of continuing leadership development through mentoring and coaching. It focuses on the importance of critical reflection on practice, the change process through adult learning theory, and the leadership capacity building that is so important in educational settings. Participants wi...
    EDLED504Educational Leadership: Inquiry in Organisations and Communities30.0No occurrences
    This paper critically examines the contextual and relational nature of educational leadership in learning organisations. Through examining and employing fundamental principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) - a positive and engaging approach to purposeful organisational change, and Action Research (AR), a process of self-reflective inquiry, participants will examine and develop their theoretical and practical understandings of their professional and leadership practice in their learning community. This paper seeks to enhance the participant's ability to work with their community in terms of the development of individuals and the relationships that exist collectively.
    EDLED505Educational Leadership for Social Justice30.021A (Online)
    This paper draws on research and theory from New Zealand and global contexts to critically examine leadership practices related to issues of social justice in education. This paper provides opportunities to engage in current debates related to equity, access, fairness, agency and success in education and offers a framework for rais...
    EDLED506Educational Leadership: Advanced Coaching and Mentoring30.0No occurrences
    This paper advances the conceptual, theoretical and practical understanding of coaching and mentoring introduced in EDLED503. It expands the interpersonal skills and knowledge essential for effective coaching/mentoring in educational contexts and continues the emphasis on critical reflection on practice. Participants will be in an active coaching/mentoring role for the duration of the paper and develop an evidence-based personal practice portfolio.
    EDLED507Educational Leadership: Professional Seminar30.0No occurrences
    With the rapidly changing nature of the New Zealand educational landscape, opportunities for educational leaders to critically examine current issues of importance and interest in a timely manner are essential. As such, the topic of this paper is co-constructed within the professional learning community of educational leaders in order to inquire into, address and respond to pressing and relevant issues in education. Working from a critical perspective, the paper is structured for students to locate and examine the topic alongside current leadership discourses, theory and literature to explore issues and challenges from national and international perspectives. This paper is structured to provide progressive and reflective dialogic encounters, along with opportunities for participants to develop strategic actions which seek to respond and contribute to the broader educational leadership debates and educational change.
    EDLED510Capstone: Application to Professional Practice15.0No occurrences
    In this capstone paper, students synthesise, reflect on, and apply the conceptual and practical knowledge gained throughout the MEdM degree to a significant contemporary and/or anticipated future issue of practice in their current educational setting.
    EDSOC501Education Policy and Society30.021A (Hamilton)
    A critical analysis of educational policies and practices, with particular references to New Zealand.
    EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and Critical Theories30.021B (Block - Tauranga)
    Culturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge.
    EDUCA501Professional Learning in Education Practice30.021X (Online)
    This paper allows students to submit a portfolio for assessment of learning in educational practice, for credit towards a postgraduate qualification in Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education.
    EDUCA540Professional Learning and Development30.021A (Block)
    This paper explores in depth professional learning and development as a practice of professional leadership that has transformative potential in a range of learning contexts seen as complex adaptive systems. A strong emphasis is placed on working in communities of inquiry and participants are expected to join respectfully with othe...
    EDUCA541Using Evidence for Effective Practice30.0No occurrences
    This paper aims to enable students to read, interpret, evaluate and use evidence to improve their own pedagogical practice, and the practice of others.
    EDUCA557Research Methods30.021A (Online), 21B (Online) & 21H (Block)
    This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
    EDUCA590Directed Study30.021I (Hamilton) & 21I (Online)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    EDUCA592Dissertation60.021I (Hamilton), 21X (Hamilton), 21X (Online) & 21X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    EDUCA593Education Thesis90.021X (Hamilton), 21X (Online) & 21X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research30.021X (Hamilton)
    This paper seeks to explore Kaupapa Maori research theory and methodologies, developing more informed and culturally located and responsive research practice, with a particular focus on researching in Maori educational contexts.
    MAOED523Māori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses30.021X (Block - Tauranga)
    This paper examines the historical and contemporary politics and practices that have contributed to the current education disparities that affect Maori people in particular, but also the wider fabric of New Zealand society. The paper then considers historical and contemporary policies developed to address these disparities and a nu...

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 9 July 2021 3:44pm

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