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Master of Specialist Teaching

Course Description

The Master of Specialist Teaching programme provides the opportunity for students to continue their postgraduate studies with a focus on specialist teaching. This programme is relevant for educators working with children and learners who have special educational needs in early childhood, primary and secondary sectors.
The programme is coursework-based, meaning it is ideal for educators who aim to provide professional leadership in their area of expertise but who do not wish to undertake a thesis. The Master of Specialist Teaching employs a mix of distance and blended learning delivery options that provide flexibility for all students, regardless of location.
The degree can be awarded unendorsed or endorsed in one of the following areas:
*Complex Educational Needs
*Deaf and Hearing Impairment
*Early Intervention
*Learning and Behaviour

Graduates will gain a comprehensive understanding of their selected specialism, and will have the expertise, knowledge, interdisciplinary networks, and strategies to develop, implement, mentor and evaluate innovations and solutions to meet children’s and learners’ special education needs in their work place.

Qualification specific requirements
The minimum entry qualification is a three-year bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification, completed at a specified minimum level of attainment. Candidates entering the programme must have both:
*A New Zealand university degree, or equivalent qualification
*Professional qualifications and experience

Candidates who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching or equivalent qualification demonstrating appropriate academic achievement may be granted Recognition of Prior Learning enabling them to gain entry directly to Part II of the programme.
The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval.
Candidates who do not hold current New Zealand professional Registration will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme. Such candidates must meet requirements equivalent to those set down by the New Zealand Teachers Council for registration as a teacher in terms of character and fitness to be a teacher.
Candidates for whom English is a second language must provide evidence of IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with no individual score below 7.0 (or the equivalent TOEFL score) or other evidence that is acceptable to the Dean of Education.

Qualification structure and duration
The Master of Specialist Teaching consists of two parts. In Part I students complete one compulsory core theory and foundations course (30 points), and three compulsory courses (90 points) from one of the endorsement schedules. Each endorsement include:
*One specialist theory and foundations course
*One professional practice course (including practical assignments)
*One extended practicum course including experience in specialty practice settings.

On satisfactory completion of Part I with a B grade average or higher, students will be eligible to progress to Part II.
Note: completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching or equivalent can count as Part I.

Part II consists of two 30 point courses from the following:
*EDEM637 Distributing Leadership for Learning
*EDEM638 Curriculum Leadership (both at Level 9)
*One optional 30 point course

Part ll can be completed by distance study.
The degree will be endorsed in the area of specialism.
The minimum period of enrolment for a candidate completing Part I part-time and Part II full-time is four years. The maximum period of enrolment for a candidate is normally seven years.

Entry Requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

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