Master of Education (Tertiary Education)

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Become a more effective teacher of adults in higher education and industry

The Master of Education (Tertiary Education) is designed to help you enhance the effectiveness of your teaching and assessment. 

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What is it like?

Teachers in higher education and industry can use theory and practice of learning, assessment and teaching to be more effective in their teaching and work-related learning. This is a formal qualification for those working in higher education and has accreditation with the Higher Education Academy (UK).

You might:

  • teach jn a university
  • teach in an institute of technology, or polytechnic
  • tutor in a private training establishment
  • facilitate continuing professional development (CPD) programmes in a professional, workplace, industry or community environment.

We will help you develop your teaching, learning and assessment understandings for the higher education and industry contexts.

Why study with us?

You will:

  • Enhance the effectiveness of your teaching and improve students’ learning.
  • Develop your knowledge of the complexities of adult learning and teaching.
  • Tailor your programme to accommodate your needs, interests and circumstances.
  • Experience a safe and inclusive learning environment.
  • Benefit from Massey University’s reputation for providing quality distance learning.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Master of Education does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a degree in your first discipline
  • Want to develop deeper understandings of learning and teaching for higher education and industry contexts
  • Want to enhance your teaching practice
Dr Christine Pritchard
Master of Education
(Adult Education)
Graduated in 2008
Academic Manager & Student Support

“I moved to Massey because I believed the expertise of its tutors were second to none …”

Dr Christine Pritchard has experienced almost 30 years in the tertiary education sector, as a manager, teacher and student. Christine also achieved the accolade of being the first Massey University student to complete bachelor’s, master's and doctorate degrees specialising in adult education.

After teaching in the tertiary sector for a number of years, Christine expressed a desire to climb the management ladder in the institute where she worked. She was advised to gain higher level qualifications in adult education. As a result she studied for a Bachelor of Education majoring in adult education, graduating in 2004.

“Why did I choose Massey University? I had previously completed a Graduate Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Education with another university but moved to Massey because I believed the expertise of its tutors were second to none in New Zealand. It was a move that was one of the best decisions of my life”.

Christine completed her master’s in 2008 and her doctorate in 2012. All her degrees were completed while working as she progressed from a tutor to a senior manager.

Since graduating she has worked in the Cook Islands to set up a new tertiary institute. Christine has undertaken the role of Academic Manager & Student Support.

“Setting up a Quality Management System from scratch has been challenging but a hugely rewarding process. I look back and see how far the institute has come and it gives me much pride. Without the skills that studying at Massey has given me I doubt that I would have been in a position to tackle such a daunting task”.


The Master of Education (Tertiary Education) leads to a variety of tertiary teaching opportunities, in formal and non-formal education contexts. Your skills and teaching knowledge will be valued.

Where will your knowledge and skills take you with a Master of Education (Tertiary Education)?

Your skills will be in demand! Master of Education (Tertiary Education) graduates work in many educational contexts such as:

  • Institutes of Technology
  • Polytechnics
  • Universities (some roles also require a PhD in your subject area)
  • Government Training Establishments
  • Private Training Establishments
  • Wananga
  • Workplace Environments
  • Adult and community education environments

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