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Entry requirements

To assume a place within a teacher education programme you must be selected, gain entry into the University and gain admission to the Master of Teaching and Learning programme. Entry requirements are detailed on the regulations button.

Admission to the Master of Teaching and Learning requires that you will meet the University admission requirements as specified, and shall:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree of at least 360 credits, with a minimum of a B+ grade average across the 200- and 300-level courses, or equivalent; and
  • have demonstrated competence in literacy and numeracy; and
  • have achieved an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.5 with no band less than 7.0 within the preceding two years, if English is not the applicant’s first language; and
  • meet the requirements for registration as set down by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, in terms of in terms of good character and fitness to be a teacher; and
  • have been selected on the basis of a selection process which may include a written application, Police Vetting report, interview, referee reports and practical exercises.

In addition to meeting the requirements specified above, candidates for the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary Education) must have completed approved courses at Level 7 or Level 8 in at least one subject area deemed suitable for teaching in New Zealand secondary schools.

The subject areas offered here at Massey University are:

  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Languages
  • Mathematics (Junior and Senior)
  • Music and Musicianship for School Instrumental Music Teachers
  • Science and Senior Chemistry, Physics, Agriculture, Biology, Horticulture
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts and Art History

Applicants with qualifications obtained overseas must have these qualifications assessed by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to determine comparability with New Zealand qualifications. The NZQA International Qualifications Assessment must be provided at the time of applying. NZQA Assessments older than three (3) years at the time of applying may not be accepted. If this applies to you, please contact NZQA, Qualification Review Service requesting a review of the original assessment notes. They will inform you if you need to re-apply to NZQA. NZQA accreditation can take up to 35 working days.

English Language Requirement

If your first language is not English, you will need to attach a verified copy of your results in the form of an IELTS test. The IELTS test must have a score of at least 7.5 or higher with no component less than 7.0 of the academic version of the IELTS test.

The only exemptions to this requirement are:

  • If you are a teacher who has registered with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, and hold a current Practising Certificate.
  • If you hold a degree (Level 7 or higher) from either a New Zealand or Australian tertiary education organisation, where the medium of instruction was fully in English and studied in a campus model of delivery (attending lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes at the campus) in each year of the degree. For this exemption to apply a minimum of three years of full-time study for a bachelor’s degree or two years for a master’s degree would be required. Doctorate (PhD) qualifications are not considered exempt.
  • If you have studied in New Zealand for a minimum of two years at secondary school and have met University Entrance requirements in Literacy.

Further clarification on English Language Requirements can be gained by contacting the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand at:

Application Process

To begin an initial teacher education programme you must first apply through the student homepage or by clicking on the Apply Now button. There is only one intake at the start of each year, but applications are open throughout the year for future intakes. Applications close on 30 November each year. Late applications may be considered subject to available places and complete documentation.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • A copy of your academic transcript/s.
  • A copy of your current curriculum vitae - please provide a full CV including details for at least the last five years and include brief details on recent formal and/or informal experiences and/or involvement in the following areas: experience with children/young adults; community activities; school activities; sport, music, drama, art, other cultures, travel, teaching/coaching and outdoor education.
  • A supporting statement - please supply a statement in written English, why you chose this programme. List any personal characteristics you have that might strengthen your application.
  • A completed observation report from your observation of a group of primary or secondary school learners. You must visit either a school or kura for at least half a day or a teaching period. You will need to describe the class/classes or activities that you observed, the teaching skills/techniques used and what the children did that illustrated how children learn. Your visit will need to be verified by the Principal, Head Teacher, Kaitiaki or your Supervisor for the day.
  • A consent to disclosure of information for a New Zealand Police check - including two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic). See more details below about safety checks.
  • A copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals as these will need to be supplied to the Education Council at a later date.
  • A health and disability declaration - if you have any short or long-term disability (including learning disability), impairment, injury or health issue. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the University staff processing your application.
  • An Academic IELTS test - if English is not your first language (see details above).
  • An NZQA International Qualifications Assessment - if you have an overseas qualification (see details above).
  • Contact details of two referees. We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.

Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions

All applicants are required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit the Institute of Education to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.

Selection Process

All initial teacher education programmes at Massey University require students to be selected into the programme. Selection, and the subsequent offer of a place in the programme, is determined by the information submitted in the application process and the interview process. The first part of the selection process involves assessment by academic staff within the Institute of Education.

If the selection committee feel you potentially meet the 'fit character' and 'fit to be a teacher' criteria, you may be invited to an interview. This is the second part of the selection process. Interviews are held face-to-face in Palmerston North and by Skype. You will be advised of the date, time and venue of your interview along with other important information. You are welcome to bring Whanau or support people to the interview if you choose.

The interview undertaken by Institute staff focuses on the following criteria:

  • Disposition for Teaching
  • Communication Skills
  • Achievement and Potential for Professional Full Time Study
  • Awareness of Teaching and Learning

Additionally, all applicants for the Master of Teaching and Learning are required to undertake a short Numeracy test at the time of interview.

If the interview panel is satisfied that you are a suitable candidate for the MTchgLn programme you will be reserved a place, depending on available places. Selection into the MTchgLn programme does not give you automatic admission to the programme or entry into the University.

The Student Administration team will check and verify your entrance and admission and ensure you are enrolled correctly into your courses. Successful applicants who already meet the admission and entrance requirements will be confirmed into their programme of study and sent an offer of place. To assume a place within the MTchgLn programme you must be selected, gain admission into the programme and entry into the University and accept your offer. Receipt of the Confirmation of Enrolment will confirm and finalise the process.

If you are not offered a place in the programme of your choice, you may like to get in touch with our Contact Centre to discuss other qualifications.

Important Dates

Selected Entry application closing date: 30 November each year (late applications may be considered)
Semester One begin: Tuesday 23 January 2018
Semester Two ends: Friday 7 December 2018

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

Unfortunately no credit can be granted towards the Master of Teaching and Learning due to the specialised nature of this qualification.

Planning your programme

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please click the regulations button. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Master of Teaching and Learning structure

The proposed programme (offered from January to December) is a 180 credit qualification consisting of 1800 hours professional preparation for teaching. This includes a total of at least 900 hours where students will be engaged in clinical and community settings. Candidates complete two 30 credit core courses at Level 8 (Pedagogy 1 and 2), two core 30 credit courses at Level 9 (Inquiry 1 and 2) and two 30 credit Level 8 subject courses in one of the two available subject specialisations (Primary Education or Secondary Education).

The programme begins with a block course. This includes an assessment component to establish the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate’s prior learning against the Graduate Profile. Block Courses will provide: (i) a systematic introduction to the self-regulated learning requirements of the programme, and (ii) the content and required learning outcomes of each of the three course strands.

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


Schedule A Core courses (120 credits):

263.760 Pedagogy 1
263.761 Pedagogy 2
263.860 Inquiry 1
263.861 Inquiry 2

Schedule B Subject courses (60 credits)


Primary Education

278.760 Primary Curriculum 1
278.761 Primary Curriculum 2


Secondary Education

260.760 Secondary Curriculum 1
260.761 Secondary Curriculum 2

Majors or endorsements

Specialisations in Primary or Secondary

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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