Master’s Study

Master of Contemporary Education



Intensity: Full-time or part-time
Type: Blended learning
Structure: Structured into 3 parts
Duration: 32 weeks part-time (PGCAP-DCL), then 1 year full-time or 1.5 years part-time
Start Date: 25th June 2018
Fees: $9995.00 + GST for full programme (Parts 1, 2 & 3). ($7250.00 + GST if PGCAP-DCL is already completed.)
Location: Can be completed from anywhere in New Zealand. Occasional face-to-face workshops held in Auckland, Christchurch, Gisborne, Rotorua or Wellington
Result: 180 credit Master’s degree


The Master of Contemporary Education builds on our core philosophy of digital and collaborative learning. It is:

  • Practice-based, learner-focused and solutions-driven
  • Agile, blended, iterative and collaborative
  • Supported by workshops and online communities 

The Master of Contemporary Education (MCE) has been designed to support the professional development and needs of teachers and educators in a rapidly changing education environment.

The MCE provides a pathway for educators to gain understanding and knowledge of contemporary challenges and opportunities in education.

A core component of the programme is the building of advanced competencies particularly in leadership and collaboration, and empowering educators to meet contemporary education demands of their practice context.  

The output of this programme is a practice-based change project with genuine outcomes for stakeholders, which is then shared at The Mind Lab Education Symposium.


This practice-based Master’s programme is about the challenges, problems and opportunities that you face in your education context. The Master of Contemporary Education directly focuses on adding real value to your school, classroom or other education context and so will be supported by your leadership team.

Focusing also on the challenges of contemporary education from digital fluency through leadership and collaboration, the Master’s programme recognises all teachers as leaders.


Master of Contemporary Education graduates will be able to:

  •  Critically engage in a substantial and authentic way with appropriate communities and stakeholders in the context of changing education environments.
  • Critique past, existing, and emerging practices and determine their cultural and social impact on practice and wider education contexts.
  • Critically analyse key challenges and opportunities in contemporary education, and generate solutions and strategies to advance practice.
  • Develop and adapt knowledge regarding emerging and disruptive technologies, and the need for digital fluency, into practice.
  • Lead and develop collaborative learner-focused ‘solutions in practice’ in the context of emerging challenges and opportunities in contemporary education.


  • Part 1 (Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice – Digital and Collaborative Learning): 4 courses, part-time over 32 weeks. (60 credits)
  • Part 2 (Leadership and Collaboration in Contemporary Education): 4 courses developing collaboration and leadership contextualised in contemporary education practice, including the importance of digital fluency.  Part 2 develops a robust scope for the leadership of a practice-based project and collaboration in one or more other practice projects. (60 credits) 
  • Part 3 (Practice-based Change Project): In this MCE capstone course, the candidate evidences change in practice and learning through leadership and collaboration in the implementation and critical evaluation of practice-based projects. (60 credits)


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Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the programme.