Master of Contemporary Education

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To be admitted to the Master of Contemporary Education, all applicants must have:

A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses;


A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree or equivalent;


Applicants must give their consent to undergo a process of Safety Checking* as set out in the Vulnerable Children (Requirements for Safety Checks of Children’s Workers) Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”). This checking process will include:

  1. Providing 2 forms of identification, and evidence of any name changes (if any);
  2. Consent to The Mind Lab undertaking a Police Vet check, or a Criminal Record Check (as required), and advise The Mind Lab of any current charges or pending court matters;

iii. Providing a chronological summary of his or her work history, if any, for the preceding 5 years and the name of any professional organisations and/or licensing authorities and/or registration authorities that the student is a member of or been licensed by and that is relevant to the proposed placement (if required);

  1. Providing the names of 2 referees who may be contacted by The Mind Lab or your placement provider (if required);
  2. Attending a face to face interview (if required) for the purposes of a risk assessment as required by section 8 of the Act.

Applicants are also required to consent to the above information gathered as part of the Safety Check to be shared with a host institution for the purposes of any practicum placement.

*This clause is waived if the candidate has already fulfilled the requirements of the Safety Check as part of their current employment.

Applicants must have an identified education-based practice that would would normally be through current employment.

1.2 Whakaurunga Motuhake | Special Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the programme is to commence; and
  2. a qualification (at level 7 of at least 120 credits) in a relevant discipline area, with a B grade average or better, and a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience; and
  3. provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

1.3 Whakaurunga Kōwhiringa | Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the Certificate is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.

1.4 Whakaurunga Reo Pākehā | English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

We are not accepting applications from International students at this time. Please contact us for more information.

2. Paearu Kōwhiri Tukanga| Selection Criteria & Process

2.1 Paearu Kōwhiri | Selection Criteria

When the number of eligible applicants for admission exceeds the number of places available, the following selection criteria will be applied:

  • Willingness to commit to the programme;
  • Demonstrate competency in achievement, leadership, humility, respect and empathy, self-reflection and commitment to the vision of the MCE programme.

Applicants who meet the maximum number of listed criteria will be the preferred candidates

2.2 Tukanga Kōwhiri | Selection Process

Selection will be made by a subcommittee set up for the purpose with the delegated authority to offer places to applicants. The subcommittee will select students on the basis of written information supplied on the enrolment form. At the discretion of the subcommittee, an interview (face-to-face or electronic) may be required.

This is a practice-based Master’s highly relevant to your education context e.g classroom

  • It will add value to your school (or other education context), so your manager or leadership team will be supportive of your study. Importantly, this Master’s is about your practice - the challenges, problems and opportunities that you face in your classroom (or other education context).
  • This Master’s adds value to the Digital and Collaborative Learning Postgraduate Certificate which is Part 1 of the 3 part MCE. The PG-DCL and MCE become a suite of options for teachers and other educators to choose from and move between.
  • The MCE focuses on the challenges of contemporary education including digital fluency through leadership and collaboration. The MCE recognises all teachers as leaders.
  • The MCE Agile Inquiry Process is a framework that allows you to tackle complex change in learning environments where requirements are not fully understood or are ever changing.
  • The learning is divided into sprints (chunks) that facilitate successful collaboration and shared learning. There is an individual and collective responsibility and a shared accountability with personalised learning through the selection and development of particular sprints that are focused to your context. With continuous improvement, regular reflection and iteration, the solution to the challenge emerges through the process.  
  • The MCE has part-time and full-time options.

Previous candidates have received pay increases after the completion of the Masters.

Our understanding is and has been if you complete the Masters which is an NZQA approved Level 9 postgraduate qualification you are entitled to a change in salary with the improvement of your qualification – unless you are already on the highest allowable step.

It looks like there may have been a rule change if you are already on 3Q+ since the last pay negotiation from an NZEI point of view but we have no knowledge of this. Qualifications completed overseas are subject to approval from NZQA before they are recognised.

Novopay’s answer to our query on your behalf has been that all employees need to be assessed by Salary Assessment, Education Payroll Limited.

Students need to check the Teachers’ Collective Agreement, Remuneration Clause or contact MOE Resourcing Division for any clarification regarding the clause.

Usually, workshops will be held during the school holidays or on a weekend. There may be some flexibility around workshops/days of the week, but there is an expectation that you will attend these workshops.

Part 2, full time will be 27 hours per week, covering 4 courses in 26 weeks.

Part time commitment is 52 weeks, at around 13 hours per week.

Part 3 (single course): full-time will be around 26 weeks working on your practice-based change project or 52 weeks part-time.

You are able to complete the programme from any location in New Zealand, as long as you are able to attend the required workshops in Auckland or Christchurch. The first face-to-face session will usually be in the first 3 weeks.

Part 1 is 35 weeks part-time and is the PG-DCL (Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning).

Parts 2+3 will take 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for candidates who identify as Māori or Pacific and for candidates who are over 60 years of age, who are not already receiving a scholarship and/or fellowship and/or any other financial support towards the fees for Parts 2 and 3 for the Master of Contemporary Education.

  • Tangata Whenua Scholarship: for candidates who identify as Māori
  • Pacific Ako Scholarship: for candidates who identify as of Pacific Descent
  • Taipakeke Scholarship: for candidates who are aged 60 years and over

These scholarships cover 50% of the full tuition fee for Part 2 and 3.

Applicants must provide some personal information to identify themselves. This information differs depending on which scholarship the applicant is applying for. All applicants will be asked to attach some evidence to their application to indicate how the scholarship and programme will benefit their education context.

These scholarships do not cover the costs for Part 1 (PG-DCL). Scholarships for Part 1 are available, please see the website for details.

Contact for more information, or for information about eligibility.


There is a 10% discount if payment is made via credit card or Account-to-Account payment online when you enrol via The Mind Lab enrolments site.

For those who have not yet completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning (PG-DCL) , the course will cost $10,195.00 + GST for the full programme (parts 1, 2 and 3).

For those who have already completed the PG-DCL, the course will cost $7,390.00 + GST for the remaining 2 parts (parts 2 and 3 only).