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What will I learn?

The Master of Education and Learning (MEdLn) is designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers in the early childhood, primary, and secondary sectors, and to help teachers further develop their critical knowledge and understanding of issues related to teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand, including their own teaching practices. The programme is notable for its flexible nature, utilising digital technologies to ensure students can be available at times and places that suit them. The MEdLn (180 points) may be completed in eighteen months (two semesters of full-time study followed by completion of the Research Project or Professional Inquiry focusing on the area of endorsement), but will normally be completed in three years of part-time study (to be completed within eight years of admission) enabling teachers to continue teaching while they study. The MEdLn is available by distance learning. Students can choose the amount of research they include, focusing either on classroom-based research or research in education more broadly. Endorsement options: Curriculum, Digital Technologies, Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Studies in Teacher Education.

Which department am I in?

Division of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$35,949.00 (US$ 22,421) per year
Estimated cost of programme: NZ $51,849

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023, 10 July 2023

Venue

University of Otago

Dunedin Campus,

362 Leith Street,

DUNEDIN,

North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Online/Distance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$35,949.00 (US$ 22,421) per year
Estimated cost of programme: NZ $51,849

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023, 10 July 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Every applicant must either be a graduate of an Honours programme or a Postgraduate Diploma programme in a biomedical subject containing a research report, thesis preparation, or dissertation of at least one quarter of the programme, or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences). Applicants must normally have achieved an average grade of at least B+ in the entry qualification with at least a B+ in the research component.

For international students

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities). Every applicant shall: have a bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent qualification; be registered to teach in New Zealand, or have an equivalent teaching qualification or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (humanities); have experience of or be currently working in a relevant field of education; and, present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study. Applicants must normally have achieved an average grade of at least B+ in the papers at the highest level in their qualifying programme.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade
  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) - Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Otago

The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world.

  • Awarded highest rating for teaching and research
  • New Zealand’s No.1 university for educational performance
  • 95 percent of Otago graduates go into work or further study
  • Opportunity to apply for a three-year post-study work visa

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