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Masters Degrees in Secondary Teacher Training, New Zealand

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This programme, available in English or Maori Medium, develops students' critical understanding of research-based pedagogical approaches, learning theory, inquiry skills and content knowledge so that they are able to effectively teach diverse learners in New Zealand schools. Read more

This programme, available in English or Maori Medium, develops students' critical understanding of research-based pedagogical approaches, learning theory, inquiry skills and content knowledge so that they are able to effectively teach diverse learners in New Zealand schools.

Students also gain valuable practical experience, working at least 40 weeks of the year in a variety of classroom settings, with the professional support of faculty lecturers and mentor teachers.

The programme is underpinned by adult learning principles and there is an expectation that student teachers think critically and work independently.

Papers examine teaching in the New Zealand context, evidence-based inquiry, teaching diverse learners, and curriculum design and implementation. Students complete six 500 level postgraduate papers (180 points).

Programme highlights

  • Individual and small group mentoring
  • Identifies your personal strengths
  • Designed to equip you with the expertise to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Graduates achieve high-level skills and a stronger capacity for leadership roles in the future.
  • The reward for completing this more intensive programme is a higher entry point salary on entering the teaching profession.


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

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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