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Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) – MTchLrn

  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    22 April 2018

Course content

Get the skills and knowledge you need to create positive, inclusive learning environments and become a confident and effective educator.

This one-year, full-time programme will give you a grounding in the principles and theories of teaching and learning, human development, the secondary school curriculum and teaching experience.

Throughout the year you'll study both educational theory and practice while gaining real classroom experience at a school in the Wellington region.

You'll need a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant learning area with an average of at least a B in your final year of study, and to be accepted by the Faculty of Education as suitable for the teaching profession.

Pathway planning

If you're planning to do the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) you'll need to do significant study in at least one of the teaching subjects listed below. You might study the subject as a major in a Bachelor's degree, or through postgraduate study.

  • English
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Music
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Learning Languages
  • Social Sciences including Geography and History
  • Science including Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Note that not all subjects will be offered every year, as they are dependent on the availability of academic mentors at the university and mentor teachers in schools.Teaching requires knowledge and skills beyond knowing your subject, you should aim to develop some understanding of te reo Māori and statistics, and gain some experience in working with young people in areas like sports coaching, youth camps or leadership programmes.

Study and workload

Throughout the year, you'll be working in schools for around four half-days a week—studying and developing your teaching practice. You'll be placed in a range of schools to experience different learning environments and be mentored by experienced teachers. You'll also have one day of timetabled classes on campus each week during which you'll discuss, critique and extend your learning.

In the second trimester, instead of the half-day placements, you'll spend seven weeks full time in one school, to widen and deepen your teaching experience.

After you graduate

You'll be ready for a rewarding career as a secondary school teacher. The MTchLrn will allow you to apply for provisional teacher registration from the Education Council, and to apply for a teaching positions in schools throughout New Zealand.




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