Master's programme

The University of Waikato offers Master's papers to those who, in their role as Kaiwhakaako, complete the requirements of the modules and participate in wānanga.

  • For those who have completed five modules. and attended two wānanga, there is a Special Topic EDUCA502.

Work on the first five modules and the completion of an assignment (4,000 words) will provide you with a Master's paper worth 30 points.

  • For those who are on track to complete all nine modules. and have participated in the wānanga. there is a 2-day Summer School EDUCA504

Attendance at the Summer School will provide Kaiwhakaako with two Master's papers worth 60 points. The first involves assignments as described below, the other will be accredited as recognition of prior learning on acceptance of all nine completed Learning Journals.

​How to enrol in Special Topic EDUCA502 or Summer School EDUCA504

Here are direct links to the papers.
There is an Apply to Enrol option in the menu on the left that will take you through the process.

​Details of the papers

Special Topic EDUCA502: Decolonising spaces for Equity Excellence and Belonging

Students entering into this paper must have completed at least Modules 1-5 of the Poutama Pounamu Blended Learning.

  • Points: 30 at 500 level
  • Learning Hours: 300
  • Delivery Mode: Blended Learning - two days face-to-face at wānanga followed by set modules and discussions with class members and tutors online.

This paper seeks to resist the historical and contemporary politics, policies and practices that have contributed to the current disparities that continue to adversely affect Māori people in education and across wider society in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This paper challenges students to consider how they themselves might be contributing to these disparities, work with a small group of colleagues to spread their new learnings, then collectively work to resist and address these disparities by creating conditions for more reflective and transformative praxis within their own teaching and learning.

Students will develop:

  • greater knowledge and understandings of the historical and contemporary factors associated with the disparities between Māori and non-Māori evident in wider society and in education today, and critical understandings about what they might do in response
  • increased confidence to decolonise the spaces where they have agency in order to promote greater equity, excellence and belonging.

Literature linked to reflections through the modules 40%
Online discussions with class members and tutors 20%,
Completion of online modules 40%

Lecturer: Professor Mere Berryman

Assignment 1:
Select excerpts from your Learning Journal that show how your thinking has developed over the course. Provide examples/evidence of how your learning has had positive benefits for Māori students. Reflect on and justify the growth shown using relevant literature. (4,000 words) 40%

Assignment 2:
Ensure a regular and ongoing profile/contribution with classmates and tutors in the face-to-face and online environment. 20%

Assignment 3:
Complete requirements for online modules - this includes spreading the learning to others and completing all reflection activities. 40%

​Summer School: EDUCA504 Critical Reflections on Decolonising Education Spaces - 2 papers​

After the completion of Modules 1-9, and prior attendance at the two wānanga, there is a face- to-face component of the paper at the Summer School. All nine completed Learning Journals are to submitted for the accrediting of the second paper.

Part 1
Assignment 1: (10%)
Actively participate to the chat room/Moodle discussion forum.

Assignment 2: (40%)
Take 4-5 of your key critical learnings from across all of the modules and wānanga. Describe these learnings and use the literature to describe the research/theory behind them. Discuss the long-term impact you believe these learnings can have on decolonising your own praxis and the praxis of others. (3,000 words)

Assignment 3: (50%)
Part 1:
Choose one of the new readings that you consider provides important considerations for you on your learning journey. Explain how these considerations may be understood within the ako: critical contexts for change. Draw from supporting literature to explain how these considerations can contribute to improved outcomes for Māori students. (2,000 words)

Part 2:
How does the current policy context support or hinder the implementation of these concepts in education? How can you mitigate and lead the change with others in your own environment? (2,000 words)