Master of Contemporary Education

Level 9 – NZQA accredited

The Master of Contemporary Education is a practice-based Master’s programme designed to support the development of teachers and education leaders in a rapidly evolving education environment.

Programme Highlights

Develop and adapt existing teaching practice and education knowledge to build new capability and greater confidence of emerging technologies and digital technologies.
Develop data-informed and research-led practice, informed by changing education expectations, measurable student outcomes and student achievement.
Lead collaborative learner-focused teaching practice in the context of new influences, policy changes and emerging opportunities in contemporary education.
Critically analyse key challenges and opportunities in contemporary education, and generate solutions and strategies to advance practice.

‘The Mind Lab programme wakes you up to the fact you’re a professional leader of learning. It empowers you to take a lead in how you do things in your own practice.’

Matthew Eagle, Rongotai College

Programme Overview

This qualification focuses on new teaching practices and draws from the specific problems and opportunities faced within contemporary education environments.

The programme provides a comprehensive pathway for teachers to gain new insights, deeper understanding and applied knowledge of contemporary education practices and research to meet the needs of a new generation of learners.


Key Benefits

  • Gain a deep understanding of emerging education challenges and respond to areas needing improvement
  • Authentically respond to cultural and social change
  • Lead and drive sustained pedagogical change to improve student outcomes
  • Develop digital fluency and effectively implement into day-to-day teaching practice

What sets this programme apart from other Master’s programmes?

The Master of Contemporary Education has been designed to support the professional development and needs of teachers and educators in their rapidly changing teaching and learning environments. The qualification directly focuses on adding measurable beneficial value to you, your school and your education communities.

The qualification is:

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

A core component of the Master’s qualification is developing high-impact competencies. Key components include developing an informed point of view and the timely adoption of collaborative strategies that engage, inform and encourage meaningful engagement and learning.

The final output of this work-based Master’s qualification is an in-depth project that is developed, presented and shared with education peers and advisors at The Mind Lab Education Symposium.


Part 1: the 32-week, part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning 

Part 2:

  • Full-time, approx 27 hours per week, covering 4 courses in approx 26 weeks or;
  • Part-time, approx 13 hours per week, covering 4 courses in approx 52 weeks

Part 3:

  • Full-time, approx 26 weeks working on your Practice-Based Change Project – or;
  • Part-time, approx 52 weeks working on your Practice-Based Change Project



Teachers are able to complete this qualification from any location in New Zealand. All students must commit to full-day workshops held in Auckland or Christchurch. These workshops are held during the school holidays or on a weekend. Part-time students will need to attend 8 workshops in total (4 per year). Full-time students will attend 4 workshops.

Scholarships & Subsidies


Master of Contemporary Education students can apply for StudyLink.

The StudyLink application must be applied for one year at a time for part-time students.

StudyLink applicants must only apply for an enrolment period of fewer than 52 weeks within one calendar year.


Tangata Whenua Scholarship: for educators who identify as Māori
Pacific Ako Scholarship: for educators who identify as of Pacific Island descent
Taipakeke Scholarship: for educators who are aged 60 years and over

Scholarship applications are open

A limited number of scholarships are available for the Master of Contemporary Education.

  • For the upcoming intake, there are two scholarships available per category.
  • These scholarships cover 50% of the full tuition fee for Parts 2 and 3 of the programme.
  • Applicants must be fully enrolled in order for their scholarship application to be considered.
  • Scholarship applications are open only to those who are not currently receiving other financial support towards their fees.
  • Applicants will be asked to provide some personal information to identify themselves. This information differs depending on which scholarship you are applying for.
  • We will also ask all applicants to attach some evidence to their application to indicate how the scholarship and programme will benefit their education context.

Contact for more information, or for information about eligibility.

Scholarships close 13th October 2019.

Course Outline

Part 1


Postgraduate Certificate in 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 capstone course, the candidates evidence their change in practice and learning through the implementation and critical evaluation of practice-based projects.

(60 credits)

Applications are open

Apply now for the October 2019 intake. All applicants will be interviewed before enrolment is confirmed.