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Master of Contemporary Education

Join our Master’s degree to enhance your teaching skills and make a real difference in your school! Let's work together to create positive change and shape the future of education. Your journey to mastering learning EXcellence begins now!


To boost the future of New Zealand’s teachers and their students, we want to help to ease the financial burden of studying. Scholarship applications close 3 June 2024. Enquire today to learn more.

Complete in 18-24 months from Part 1

Apply now! Scholarship applications close 3rd June.

Starts July

Blended: online learning and in-person sessions

NZQA accredited, level 9 (180 Credits)

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Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

Emerging education challenges

Acquire an understanding of emerging education challenges and how to address areas that need improvement.

Enhance student outcomes

Develop skills to lead and drive sustained pedagogical change to improve student outcomes.

Respond to change

Grow the ability to understand and authentically respond to cultural and social change.

Digital fluency

Gain digital fluency and the ability to effectively implement technology into your day-to-day teaching practice.

The Master of Contemporary Education was designed to support the professional development of teachers and educators in rapidly changing teaching and learning environments. This solutions-driven qualification directly focuses on adding measurable, beneficial value to you, your school, organisation and your education communities.

Your learning is co-constructed with you to cater to your specific project and outcomes. It is a collaborative course supported by a community of educators.

The output of this work-based Master’s qualification is an in-depth project that is developed, presented and shared with your peers and advisors at the academyEX Education Symposium. This project is your focus for both Parts 2 and 3 of the Masters and gives you the chance to make real change where it matters most to you. This qualification is regarded as a Research Masters when students enrol in the 90 credit Level 9 project course as part of their study.

The Master of Contemporary Education is delivered through scheduled facilitated sessions online, enabling teachers to complete this qualification from any location in New Zealand. It also includes full-day workshops delivered in person at academyEX in Auckland . Attending in person has a range of benefits, but we know that isn’t always possible, so online delivery is also scheduled.

Domestic UP TO$9,000NZD

Complete in 18-24 months from Part 1

Apply now! Scholarship applications close 3rd June.

Starts July

Blended: online learning and in-person sessions

NZQA accredited, level 9 (180 Credits)

Apply now

The MCE 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, Master of Contemporary Education


Where this could take you

Apply your digital knowledge in a collaborative way in the classroom

Follow your passion

Continue to seek the best outcomes for your learners by implementing your newfound knowledge and skills in a range of educational contexts.

Boost your career

Develop confidence, move into formal leadership roles, and extend your practice to lead innovative initiatives in your school or community

Continue your impact

Dive into micro-credentials to continue your learning with academyEX, or level up your learning by applying for professional doctoral studies.

Don’t take OUR WORD FOR IT

Here’s what our students say

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Coming to AcademyEX is like finding a tribe of people who help you find your purpose and your why, and then help you get there really, really fast.

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Janet Student Story

Feeling stuck in a cycle, I knew I needed a change to re-energize myself. Seeing a colleague's transformation after completing the Master's of Technological Futures course at Tech Futures lab intrigued me. The support I received was exceptional, and though the modules were challenging, they brought out the best in me and boosted my confidence. Breaking free from old patterns, I became an active voice and practitioner, making my work much more fulfilling.

Ashley Student Story

The Mind Lab played a significant role in my journey, as it allowed me to expand my skill set in the change space and incorporate mataranga Māori into my work. Their commitment to exploring and implementing indigenous paradigms truly appealed to me.


I was drawn to MBA programs but felt they didn't align with my goals. Then, I discovered Tech Futures Lab, and it felt like the perfect fit. The Master of Technological Futures course provided real-world experiences, and to my surprise, I possessed the academic skills needed to succeed, thanks to my training in the New Zealand Defense Force.

Natalie Allumni

The hands-on experience and practical approach of the courses were refreshing, making learning directly applicable to everyday life. Now, as a food tech teacher at Kelston Intermediate, I use these lessons to empower my students and enhance their learning experience. academyEX's Mind Lab has transformed my life, and I'm excited to inspire and guide the next generation to unlock their full potential.

Never doubt yourself because with the village around you and the right support, you can achieve anything. Working with the team and The Mind Lab was a collaborative and enriching experience that further amplified the impact of the project. academyEX provides the perfect environment to unleash your potential and make a real difference!

academyEX changed everything for me. I was a boy who failed in the New Zealand education system in the 70's. The powerful tools I gained from the classroom have been invaluable. My favorite part of the learning experience was collaborating with a team of six people, learning together, and supporting each other along the way. It was truly empowering to help others on their journey.

academyEX is the best academic organisation I have ever been involved with after engaging with tertiary education opportunities in the UK & NZ in 43 years, so kudos to your team for the great mahi to produce such great courses run by such great people.

As the first in my generation to graduate, academyEX helped me overcome systemic challenges and become a testimony of what's possible. Embracing our differences, this community welcomed us with open arms. It's a place where crazy ideas are encouraged and experimentation is celebrated.

The support from the team is unparalleled! Don't hesitate to take that first step with academyEX because you'll never be left to flounder on your own.

I've learned so much from academyEX! It has given me the fuel to share my learnings with the young women I work with. My project focused on digital learning and building online communities, and it was incredible to apply the insights from working with thousands of young women at GirlBoss New Zealand. Education is a powerful tool that boosts your capabilities to contribute to the community. academyEX has built my confidence in the work I do, and I encourage everyone out there to do the same.

academyEX provided the platform and support to pursue my mission with passion and purpose. My project at academyEX was particularly challenging, but it was also deeply meaningful to me.

Course outline

How this Masters programme works

Incorporate contemporary learning into your classroom


Part 1: Digital and Collaborative Learning.

Complete two courses focusing on digital and collaborative learning which also form our Postgraduate Certificate. You will evaluate digital and collaborative pedagogies and plan innovations to implement in your practice - a great starting point to build on in Part 2 and 3 of the Masters (20 weeks full time, or 32 weeks part time)


Part 2: Contemporary Teaching and Project Proposal.

If you have already completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning, you will start here at Part 2 - you are a third of the way there!

Complete two courses (10 weeks full time, or 20 weeks part time), one focused on Contemporary Teaching and one to guide you through the process of developing a proposal for a practice*based change project to be implemented in Part 3.


Part 3: Practice-based Change Project.

In this capstone course, implement your practice-based change project to be able to evidence change in practice and learning. You can choose either a 90 credit pathway or 45 credit pathway complemented by elective courses (30 weeks full time, or 44 weeks part time).

Next Steps

Okay, so what’s next?

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We get it – sometimes it’s nice to chat to a real human! Schedule a call with our Outreach Manager who can answer your questions, provide more information and, if you’re ready, help you apply.

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We get it – sometimes it’s nice to chat to a real human! Schedule a call with our Outreach Manager who can answer your questions, provide more information and, if you’re ready, help you apply.

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