Education - Human Development

University of Waikato

18 months
20453 USD/year
4787 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Education - Human Development programme at the University of Waikato is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education.


The Education - Human Development programme at the University of Waikato explores the development of individuals, families, groups and communities throughout the human lifespan. It is important for those wishing to go into professions such as youth work, eldercare, social work, counselling and teaching. An understanding of human development is relevant to many other careers that involve working with or for people.

Papers  develop skills relevant to career objectives such as human relations, human services, programme planning, community liaison, counselling, policy and evaluation, administration of programs concerned with the family or other groups and research.

Graduates gain a solid foundation in theory and research to understand and explain the development of people from the early years through to old age, have the ability to examine how different contexts influence people's lives, learning and behaviour, and are able to apply this knowledge to specific life situation.

Career opportunities

  • Community or Iwi Development Coordinator
  • Community Educator
  • Policy Analyst/ Advisor
  • Community Advocate
  • Social Services Advocate
  • International Aid Worker
  • Learning Application Developer
  • Trainer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Working with Groups
  • Discourse and Counselling Psychologies
  • Counselling and Contexts
  • Contemporary Issues in Disability and Inclusion Studies
  • Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories
  • Health Development and Policy Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Birth certificate, passport and permits
  • Evidence of citizenship
  • Evidence of any change of name (if your name is different from that on your birth certificate)
  • A written statement in support of your application, if applicable
  • Evidence of any previous tertiary study
  • Proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20453 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20453 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    4787 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4787 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • Fees (Domestic): NZD 7,185-$7,740
    • Fees (International): NZD 30,695 (120 pts) or $46,045 (180 pts)


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Education - Human Development
University of Waikato