Education (2023)

The subject encompasses a broad range of topics that reflect the far-reaching nature of the field. Educators are interested in how knowledge, skills and values are constructed, accumulated, and conveyed through formal and informal means.

The qualifications listed below are not Initial Teacher Education programmes. See the Teaching subject.

Education is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Education, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed under the subject Education or Maori Education, including at least one of EDSOC101, EDUCA110 or HMDEV100, and at least 30 points above 100 level.


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  • Prescriptions for the Cert(Ed)

    The qualification regulations define the requirements for the Certificate. Papers should be taken from those listed for Adult Learning, Digital Learning, Education, Education and Society, and/or Human Development.

  • Prescriptions for the Dip(Ed)

    The qualification regulations define the requirements for the Diploma. Papers should be taken from those listed for Adult Learning, Digital Learning, Education, Education and Society, and/or Human Development.

  • Prescriptions for the GradDip(Ed)

    The qualification regulations define the requirements for the Graduate Diploma. Papers should be taken from those listed for Adult Learning, Digital Learning, Education, Education and Society, and/or Human Development.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Ed)

    The qualification regulations define the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate. To complete the PGCert(Ed), students must take 60 points at 500 level from the Education subject.

  • Prescriptions for the PGDip(Ed)

    The qualification regulations define the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma. To complete the PGDip(Ed), students must take 120 points at 500 level including at least 90 points from Lists A, B and C.

    The List A papers are: DINST521, EDLED501, EDUCA560, EDUCA561, EDUCA562, EDUCA506 and MAOED523.

    The List B papers are: DLRNG500, GLOBE500, HMDEV500, LLTED522, LLTED523, MAOED501, MAOED502, MAOED503, MTHED500, and SCTED512.

    The List C papers are: EDUCA500, EDUCA557 or MAOED500.

    Within the Postgraduate Diploma, a specialisation is available in Māori Medium Teaching/Te Ropu Tohu Paerua.

  • Prescriptions for the MEd

    To complete the Master of Education, students must take 180 points at 500 level including at least 30 points from List A; up to a further 90 points from Lists A and B; one of List C; and one of List D.

    The List A papers are: DINST521, EDLED501, EDUCA560, EDUCA561, EDUCA562, EDUCA506 and MAOED523.

    The List B papers are: COUNS540, COUNS546, COUNS549, DLRNG500, GLOBE500, HMDEV500, LLTED522, LLTED523, MAOED501, MAOED502, MAOED503, MTHED500, and SCTED512.

    The List C papers are: EDUCA500, EDUCA557 or MAOED500.

    The List D papers are: EDUCA591 (30 pts), EDUCA592 (60 pts), EDUCA593 (90 pts) or EDUCA594 (120 pts).

    Students who take two or more DINST papers could consider changing to a Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies.

    Students who take two or more EDLED papers could consider changing to a Master of Educational Leadership.

    A Master of Education in Counselling Studies is also available, see the Counselling Studies subject entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers for details.

    Within the Master of Education, a specialisation is available in Te Ropu Tohu Paerua.

    Up to 30 points may be selected from outside the field of the degree.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the EdD

    The Doctor of Education is a three-year full-time or six-year part-time professional doctorate in education for experienced education practitioners who have a strong academic record and who want to develop their profession through research. Students in this programme complete guided coursework and a thesis. This thesis critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, and displays intellectual independence. It makes a substantial original contribution to the research area and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DLRNG100Developing Digital Fluency15.023A (Online)
    This paper offers a foundation for students learning to navigate and communicate effectively through digital learning environments. It incorporates purposeful selection of technologies for learning, and digital literacy which includes being able to research, create, evaluate and apply technical skills while doing so.
    EDART100Engaging with Arts Education in the Community15.023A (Tauranga)
    This paper aims to develop students' strength in learning and teaching selected arts disciplines in school and community settings.
    EDSOC101The New Zealand Educational Context15.023B (Hamilton), 23B (Online) & 23B (Tauranga)
    The paper addresses the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping the educational contexts within which New Zealanders learn and teach.
    EDUCA110How and why do we learn? An introduction15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Tauranga)
    This introductory paper gives students opportunities to critically engage with a body of salient theoretical lenses addressing learning, teaching and education. Learning and teaching are interrogated from social, psychological and anthropological perspectives. Students are encouraged to engage in critical deconstruction of learning...
    HMDEV100Lifespan Development15.023A (Hamilton), 23B (Online) & 23B (Tauranga)
    HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
    LLTED101An Introduction to Children's Literature15.023A (Online)
    In this paper we examine children's literature from picturebook to novel; from author to illustrator; from history to modern times. The link between children's literature and education is a thread running through the course. Class members will develop a familiarity with a range of genres and concepts linking children's literature a...
    MAOED100Huarahi Matauranga Māori: Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Māori Education15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online)
    This paper examines historical and contemporary approaches in Maori education provision in Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores policies, practices and developments that have impacted on the educational development of Maori.
    MTHED100Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics15.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online)
    This paper provides an introduction to key conceptual understandings in mathematics and connects mathematics with everyday life.
    WRITE100Writing for Academic Success15.023A (Hamilton), 23A (Online), 23A (Tauranga), 23B (Hamilton), 23B (Online), 23B (Tauranga), 23JS (Hamilton) & 23JS (Tauranga)
    The paper gives opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their academic literacy skills. It begins with general academic communication and research skills and then embeds academic literacy practice within disciplines of study.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DLRNG200Digital Learning: Critical Perspectives and Lifelong Possibilities15.023A (Online)
    This paper examines educational uses of digital technologies, with an emphasis on learning through electronic networks, including social media. The paper explores evolving theoretical shifts and policy directions alongside topical issues and practical perspectives.
    EDART202Visual Art in Educational Contexts15.023H (Hamilton)
    The paper explores a chosen art process through exposure to art skills and visual research strategies. It embraces current art education practices through art experiences and guided inquiry.
    EDART203Music in Educational Contexts15.023G (Hamilton)
    This paper explores music education enabling students to further develop their musical skills and knowledge in the context of school and community music education.
    EDUCA200Te Hononga Tangata15.023B (Block) & 23B (Block - Tauranga)
    This paper prepares students to recognise and understand local and global cultural diversity, and to work competently and confidently in culturally appropriate ways with diverse others in educational contexts.
    EDUCA210Learning Through Life: Contexts and Considerations15.023B (Hamilton)
    In this paper, students will explore contemporary considerations which shape learning and teaching across the lifespan, and contextualise these within specific areas of focus. Students will have opportunities to reflect systematically on their own lifelong learning trajectories, and on the relationship between individual goals for ...
    EDUCA290Directed Study15.023C (Tauranga)
    This paper is available for those students involved in a specified project or study.
    LLTED201New Zealand Children's Literature15.023B (Online)
    This paper explores children's literature, establishing familiarity with key and emerging New Zealand writers and illustrators. Skills in visual and textual analysis are developed and there is critical reflection on the question of what makes children's literature distinctively New Zealand.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DLRNG300Developing of Digital Technologies: Contemporary Social and Educational Issues15.023A (Online)
    This paper considers the broad range and pace of development in digital technologies, and implications for educators and others involved in technologies for education and training, including businesses, and new learners.
    DLRNG301Digital Innovation Adoption and Theories of Digital Learning15.023B (Online)
    This paper explores contemporary theories associated with digital innovation adoption and the design, development and use of digital systems, content and environments, with particular focus on social, distributed, networked and collaborative learning.
    EDSOC303Education and Sexuality15.023B (Online)
    A study of the ways childhood and adult sexuality is constructed, monitored and regulated in society and in educational settings. The major emphasis is on exploring sexuality through historical and sociological perspectives.
    EDUCA303Curriculum Perspectives15.023A (Online)
    This paper examines curriculum conceptions, perspectives, and decision-making, through a range of historical, political and socio-cultural contexts and settings. Participants engage in critique of curriculum issues and shaping forces.
    EDUCA390Directed Study15.023A (Hamilton), 23B (Hamilton), 23H (Hamilton), 23H (Online) & 23X (Online)
    No description available.
    HMDEV320Disability, Diversity and Inclusion: Intersecting Identities and Experiences15.023B (Online)
    This paper looks at the emergence of disability as a social and political identity. Using a rights perspective, it critiques inclusion in the spaces and places of everyday civic society.
    LLTED324Dyslexia15.023X (Block)
    This paper will give students the theoretical knowledge as well as a practical understanding of the nature of dyslexia, its diagnosis, as well as how to teach dyslexics to read.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    COUNS540Working with Groups30.023B (Block)
    This paper explores dialogic group processes with selected kinds of groups. Students will be given the opportunity to develop group membership and leadership roles through observation, participation and evaluation during an experiential workshop format and through on-line discussion and assignments. The paper includes a particular...
    COUNS546Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches30.023B (Block)
    This paper develops the skills of facilitating conflict resolution using mediation, conferencing and other types of restorative and generative conversations in families, schools and other contexts. A narrative perspective on conflict resolution features strongly in the paper.
    COUNS549Counselling and Contexts30.023A (Block) & 23H (Block)
    This paper provides an overview of counselling practice and its contexts, including optional modules on school counselling, or addictions. It teaches the skills and ethical perspectives of collaborative approaches to counselling, offering a particular introduction to narrative therapy.
    DINST521Critical Studies in Disability and Inclusion30.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online)
    This paper critically explores an intersectional understanding of disability and inclusion using Critical Disability Studies and Disability Studies in Education perspectives. It engages with ideas of equality and social inclusion and the social barriers and enablers to equal access in education, health and other social systems. The...
    DLRNG500Debates in Digital Learning and Educational Technology30.023A (Online)
    This paper provides an opportunity for leaders and practitioners in a range of fields to explore contemporary theories, debates, practice, policy and research in educational technology and/or digital learning.
    EDLED501Educational Leadership: Concepts, Theory and Practice30.023A (Hamilton) & 23A (Online)
    Leading in educational contexts can be a challenging and complex undertaking. This paper introduces students to foundational theoretical and practical conepts of educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Students are supported to critically examine their own leadership beliefs and experiences and explore h...
    EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and Critical Theories30.023X (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.
    EDUCA504Critical Reflections on Decolonising Education Spaces30.023X (Online)
    Students critically reflect on extensive literature, their responses and their learning journal completed through Poutama Pounamu blended learning modules to engage in a reflexive synthesis of their ongoing learnings. This paper involved students critically reflecting back on their learning journals, a range of relevant literature ...
    EDUCA506Educational Assessment30.023B (Online)
    This paper provides an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the theoretical issues and practical implications associated with improving learning and teaching through the implementation of educational assessment. It is appropriate for anyone involved in education in the broadest sense.
    EDUCA510Special Topic10.023X (Hamilton)
    This paper is available for students who require an individually supervised project to complete their qualification in a subject offered by Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education.
    EDUCA515Special Topic15.023X (Hamilton)
    This paper is available for students who require an individually supervised project to complete their qualification in a subject offered by Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education.
    EDUCA530Special Topic30.023X (Online)
    The content of this paper is determined case-by-case as it will be used when the content is determined by the academic associated with an individual students' programme. One example would be a student who is undertaking an independent self-directed study that is not research based. The contents, assignments, marking criteria, and ...
    EDUCA557Becoming a researcher: theory, ethics and methods30.023A (Online), 23B (Online) & 23H (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.
    EDUCA560Contemporary Educational Policies, Thought and Issues30.023B (Block)
    This paper allows participants to explore contemporary issues in education as it relates to their practice, focusing on policies, contexts and thought, through the disciplines of sociology, policy and curriculum studies.
    EDUCA561Learners and Learning Across Educational Contexts30.023A (Block - Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on learners and learning across various educational contexts including geographical, historical, and cultural environments, and enhances students' understanding and practice related to diverse learners and learning environments.
    EDUCA562Curriculum, Pedagogies and Multiliteracies30.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper equips students with skills and knowledge to identify, understand and critically analyse curriculum intention and design, enacted pedagogies, and multiliteracies representation, in practice, across a variety of educational settings.
    EDUCA590Directed Study30.023I (Hamilton) & 23I (Online)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    EDUCA591Research-based Inquiry: Informing Practice30.023B (Hamilton)
    A supported project enabling students to identify and investigate a research question of interest, develop a report that includes implications for professional practice, and resource to disseminate to a relevant audience.
    EDUCA592Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton), 23X (Online) & 23X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    EDUCA593Education Thesis90.023X (Hamilton), 23X (Online) & 23X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    EDUCA594Education Thesis120.023X (Hamilton), 23X (Online) & 23X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    GLOBE500Global Trends in Education: Narratives, Agendas and Voices30.023B (Online)
    This paper considers the narratives, agendas, discourses and voices that have shaped global education trends, and considers their impact on creating more equitable, inclusive, socially just and sustainable educational futures.
    HMDEV500Contemporary Issues in Lifespan Development30.023B (Block - Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on contemporary issues in development across the lifespan with an emphasis on diversity, culture and social justice, and considers the influence of these on life experiences.
    LLTED522Teaching Writers30.023A (Online)
    This paper provides an opportunity for participants to build a professional community in which they critically consider theories, discourses, and experiences that influence writers and teachers of writing. This class layers conceptual and practical elements of writing and teaching writers, and participants are expected to develop d...
    LLTED523Children's Literature for Joy and Disruption30.023B (Online)
    In this paper we engage with the depth and traditions of current scholarship in the field of children's literature using texts from a wide range of contexts. The course begins by covering a wide scope of current issues in children's literature and ends with an opportunity for students to gain deep knowledge of a topic of their choi...
    MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research30.023X (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.
    MAOED501Matauranga Reo Māori30.023A (Hamilton)
    Ka arohaehaehia nga ariaa ako, whakaako raanei i te reo Maori hei reo tuatahi, tuarua ranei, nga momo aromatawai i te reo me te uu o te whakawhitinga ki te whakaako i te reo Maori hei reo tuatahi, tuarua ranei. Ka whakauruhia te huhua o nga take a iwi. A critical examination of theories of first and second language acquisition, lea...
    MAOED502Tirohanga Whakahaere30.023A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the influence of social, cultural and political factors, nationally and internationally on leadership in Maori medium contexts. It provides participants with the opportunity to examine and inform their own practice of leadership. This paper is suitable for those who currently lead or aspire to lead in Maori medi...
    MAOED503Te Whakaora Reo: Matauranga Rumaki30.023X (Hamilton)
    This paper examines indigenous theory and practice, indigenous language revival and indigenous language revitalisation. It also looks at Maori immersion education activities alongside other indigenous languages initiatives. Also included is an exploration of the way immersion education in overseas contexts can strengthen Maori imme...
    MAOED523Māori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses30.023X (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...
    MTHED500Mathematics and Statistics Education: Enhancing Practice30.023B (Online)
    This paper considers effective pedagogical approaches in Aotearoa, New Zealand, that enhance learning and practices in mathematics. It includes critically engaging with research and current debates related to pedagogical content knowledge and culturally responsive pedagogies.
    SCTED512Science, Technology and Environmental Education: Innovation and Trends30.023B (Online)
    This paper aims to help teachers of science, technology or environmental education to develop their knowledge of science, technology or the environment and to consider how this knowledge might be integrated into educational activities. Students will develop an understanding of the wider issues of curriculum and assessment innovatio...
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    EDUCA800Education MPhil Thesis120.023X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    EDUCA900Education PhD Thesis120.023I (Hamilton), 23I (Tauranga), 23J (Hamilton), 23J (Tauranga), 23K (Hamilton), 23L (Tauranga), 23X (Hamilton), 23X (Online) & 23X (Tauranga)
    No description available.
    EDUCA994EdD Thesis120.023I (Hamilton) & 23X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    EDUCA995EdD Research Portfolio120.023I (Hamilton) & 23X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 27 September 2022 7:21pm

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