Master of Teaching & Education Leadership

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

Become a qualified teacher with a Master of Teaching and Education Leadership degree. This highly practical, practice-based qualification is completed alongside a two-year paid teaching contract supported by the Ministry of Education.

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
Learn to Teach, Learn to Lead

Hear from real students of the Master of Teaching & Education Leadership programme

‘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 Teach First NZ to deliver this Master’s programme and tackle educational inequality across New Zealand.’

Frances Valintine, Founder of The Mind Lab

Graduate Outcomes

Develop, adapt and apply specialised curriculum knowledge, contemporary pedagogical approaches, and appropriate teaching and learning strategies to your teaching practice and the learning environment.

Collaboratively lead culturally responsive teaching practice in a bicultural context, with diverse learners and their communities, with a critical awareness of their obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Effectively lead change towards equity and social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand through collaborative teaching engagement with diverse learners and their communities.

Improve your teaching practice through the application of contemporary professional knowledge, engagement in contextualised self-reflection and practice-based research for effective teaching practice and education leadership.



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, 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.

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.

As alumni, participants join a growing network of passionate individuals who use their insight and experience to continue to work towards providing equal opportunities for our young people and making lasting contributions to an equal Aotearoa New Zealand.


Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the Master of Teaching and Education Leadership, you need to gain a place on the Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu Programme. The 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

Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu (TFNZAM)

Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu is a not-for-profit organisation that is working towards the vision of all young people in Aotearoa reaching their full potential. Currently, New Zealand has one of the highest levels of educational inequality in the developed world, which results in thousands of students falling through the cracks of our education system. The Teach First NZ Programme works to address this issue by bringing more outstanding people into the education sector to help to achieve this vision as teachers, school leaders, and through leadership in other fields.


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

Learn To Teach, Learn To Lead.

The next intake of this programme is November 2019.