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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
PGDipSpecTchg

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements;

(b) hold a relevant professional qualification;

(c) have either:

(i) qualified for any degree of a New Zealand university, or equivalent; or

(ii) provided evidence of sufficient practical/professional experience of an acceptable standard in an area relevant to the qualification;

(d) have satisfied the Academic Board that they have sufficient background of professional experience to be likely to benefit from the programme.

2. 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 Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as a teacher in terms of character and fitness to be a teacher.

3. All international candidates and others whose first language is not English who have not gained a New Zealand university entrance qualification, or an overseas entrance qualification in a country where the main language is English, will be required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English in the form of an academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 (or the equivalent TOEFL score) or other evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.

Qualification Requirements

4. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) one core course as listed in Schedule A for the qualification (30 credits);

(b) three courses for one endorsement as listed in Schedule B for the qualification (90 credits).

Specialisations

5. Candidates must complete one endorsement by completing the requirements for that endorsement as set out in Part B of the Schedule for the Qualification.

Academic Requirements

6. There are no additional academic requirements for this qualification.

Student Progression

7. There are no additional progression requirements for this qualification.

Completion Requirements

8. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

9. Any candidate who has previously been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching must surrender that qualification in order to be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching. Time limits for completion and for the award of distinction will apply from the time that the candidate first enrolled in a course credited towards the diploma.

10. In order to graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching endorsed in Blind and Low Vision a candidate must pass the Trans-Tasman Braille Proficiency Examination.

11. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

12. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

13. For candidates enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching failure to complete a course in two successive attempts will lead to exclusion from the qualification.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching

Part A: Core course

254.765 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching 30 credits  

Part B: Endorsements

Autism Spectrum Disorder (90 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.745 Theory and Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits  
249.749 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits P 249.745 and 254.765
249.750 Practicum Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits P 249.749 C 249.749

Blind and Low Vision (90 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.700 Braille Proficiency 0 credits  
249.746 Theory and Foundations of Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits  
249.751 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Blind and Low Vision Education
P 249.746 and 254.765
30 credits  
249.752 Practicum in Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits P 249.751 C 249.751

Complex Educational Needs (90 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.760 Theory and Foundations of Complex Educational Needs 30 credits  
249.761 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Complex Educational Needs 30 credits P 254.765; 249.760
249.763 Practicum in Complex Educational Needs 30 credits P 249.761

Gifted and Talented Education (90 credits)

Endorsement courses

262.751 Theory and Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits  
262.752 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits P 254.765 and 262.751
262.753 Practicum in Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits P 262.752 C 262.752

Learning and Behaviour (90 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.753 Theory and Foundations of Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits  
249.754 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits P 249.753 and 254.765
249.755 Practicum in Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits P 249.754 C 249.754

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