Master of Teaching & Education Leadership

Level 9 – Accredited by NZQA and the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

The Mind Lab’s Master of Teaching and Education Leadership (MTEL) is an initial teacher education programme run in partnership with Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ. The MTEL provides carefully selected participants with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in a school community, inspiring future generations of New Zealanders to fulfill their potential.

What is the Master of Teaching & Education Leadership?

How is the MTEL different?

The MTEL is work-based, meaning that our participants are employed in secondary schools across New Zealand with Limited Authority to Teach, while they are also working towards meeting the Graduating Teacher Standards to become fully registered and Provisionally Certificated teachers.

The MTEL is predominantly online, with face-to-face workshops occurring through the two years of the programme.

Through the MTEL, participants will engage with and implement contemporary teaching approaches as a form of social justice, to address educational inequity in their focus schools and communities.

Our Partnership

We partner with Ako Matatupu:Teach First NZ, to deliver the Master of Teaching and Education Leadership (MTEL) qualification completed by all Teach First NZ Programme participants. The MTEL was crafted with purpose and transformation at its core, aiming to equip every one of its participants with the power to affect real change in their respective classrooms. The synergy of this partnership makes perfect sense: Ako Matatupu: Teach First NZ’s aim is to disrupt inequities in education and society by attracting more great people into the education sector while The Mind Lab is no stranger to disrupting traditional education systems. We are pleased to partner with such a like-minded organisation that supports inspiration and discovery as a driver for change.

Key Benefits

Become a qualified teacher with a registrable Initial Teacher Education qualification
Make a real difference in your community and in the lives of our rangatahi
Develop your leadership skills and potential
Be part of a national movement towards positive educational change
‘We fundamentally believe in fostering the career paths of inspirational teachers and leaders to the benefit of our rangatahi. We’re thrilled to partner with Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ to deliver this Master’s programme and tackle educational inequality across New Zealand.’

Frances Valintine, Founder of The Mind Lab


Summer Initial Intensive
Starting in November each year, the Summer Initial Intensive is a nine-week training programme to prepare participants for their two-year secondary school placement.

Two-Year Placement
After the Intensive and at the start of the school year, participants are placed as teachers in a secondary school serving a low-income community for two years while completing their Master’s in Teaching and Education Leadership (Education Based Teacher Training) on a 0.6 – 0.7 FTTE (60-70% of Full-Time Teacher Equivalent). While participants are working and learning they are paid a salary and are on a scholarship. During this time, participants receive comprehensive support from both Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ and The Mind Lab.

The schools our participants are placed in are all over New Zealand and have fantastic mentors who work with participants on a day-to-day basis in school.


Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the Master of Teaching and Education Leadership, you need to gain a place on the Teach First NZ Programme. The Teach First NZ programme provides carefully selected participants with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in a school community, inspiring future generations of New Zealanders to fulfill their potential. To apply to the Teach First NZ Programme, visit

Application Terms & Conditions


This Master’s is a registrable teaching qualification (New Zealand Council Graduating Teacher Standards – NZC/GTS) which pathways towards leadership development in the unique educational context of Aotearoa.

Course Outline

The below is a summary of the papers you will complete and when you’ll complete them to achieve the Master of Teaching & Education Leadership.

Summer Initial Intensive

8000 Learning Engagement: Establish relationships and behaviours to support learning

8001 Effective Teaching: Apply evidence-based pedagogical practice

During Year 1 of the programme

8005 Critical Reflective Practice: Review, reflect and problem solve

8004 Design for Learning: Targeting learning to meet diverse learners’ needs

8003 Society and Learning: Inclusive social and cultural practice

8006 Curriculum and Leadership: Collaborating and leading a curriculum-based initiative

Throughout Year 1 and 2 of the programme

8002 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Specialist learning area pedagogical content knowledge

During Year 2 of the programme

8007 Education Leadership: Day-to-day practice leading within education

8008 Practice-based Research Project Plan: For ‘teaching as inquiry’

9000 Practice-based Research Project: Addressing a contemporary teaching challenge through collaboration and leadership with a social justice and equity focus

Teach First NZ Website

Head to the Teach First NZ website to find out more.