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.
1. Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified; and shall have:
(a) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent; and
(b) been awarded or qualified for a relevant professional qualification; and
(c) have completed at least two years of relevant professional experience.
2. In all cases candidates will be required to:
(a) be selected on the basis of a selection process which may include written application, interview, referee reports and practical exercises; and
(b) meet requirements equivalent to those set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as a teacher in terms of values, fitness and disposition to teach; and will:
(c) hold current relevant New Zealand Professional Registration; or
(d) be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry to the programme.
3. All candidates whose first language is not English or Te Reo Māori 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.
4. Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 60 credits, comprising:
(a) courses from the Schedule to the Certificate; and including:
(b) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule to the Certificate;
(c) attending Contact Workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
5. Notwithstanding Regulation 4, and with the approval of Academic Board or their delegate, a candidate who has been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching or Master of Specialist Teaching may be permitted variation to the specified programme of study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching beyond the normal limits.
6. The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching is awarded without endorsement.
7. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply;
8. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.
Unsatisfactory academic progress
9. For candidates enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:
(a) failure to complete a course in two successive attempts;
(b) failure to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching within two years.
10. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching or the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist prior to 01 January 2021 will be permitted to substitute 254.765, if already completed, for 254.766. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.
Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Key terms for course planning
- Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
- Course code
- Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
- Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
- Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.
Course code: 254766 Professional Learning Pathways credits 30
Bespoke learning modules for professional educational practiceView full course details
Elective courses (Choose 30 credits from)
Course code: 249740 Theory and Practice of Deaf and Hard of Hearing credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of Deaf and Hard of Hearing.View full course details
Course code: 249746 Theory and Practice of Blind and Low Vision Education credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of blind and low visionView full course details
Course code: 249747 Theory and Practice of Early Intervention credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of Early Intervention.View full course details
Course code: 249753 Theory and Practice of Learning and Behaviour Diversity credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of learning and behaviour diversityView full course details
Course code: 249758 Theory and Practice of Te Kaupapa o Te Kōhanga Reo credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of Kaihāpai in the area of Te Kaupapa o Te Kōhanga Reo.View full course details
Course code: 249760 Theory and Practice of Complex Educational Needs credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of complex educational needsView full course details
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