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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 Degree of Master of Specialist Teaching
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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 Master of Specialist Teaching requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified; and shall have:

(a) been awarded or qualified for any degree of a New Zealand university with a B grade average across the 300-level courses, 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;

or will have:

(d) been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching or equivalent, with at least a B grade average.

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 character and fitness to be a teacher, and will:

(c) hold current New Zealand Professional Registration; or

(d) be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme.

3. All candidates 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 other evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.

Qualification Requirements

4. Candidates for the Master of Specialist Teaching shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits, comprising:

(a) completion of Part One and Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and including

(b) any compulsory courses as listed in the Schedule for the Qualification.

5. Notwithstanding Regulation 4, the programme of study for candidates admitted under Regulation 1(d) will be at least 120 credits including:

(a) Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(b) At least 75 credits at 700 level from courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification, including 249.770.

6. Where a course listed in the Schedule for the Qualification is substantially similar to a course that has been completed as part of the Postgraduate Diploma considered for entry under Regulation 1d), the listed course may not be included in the candidate's programme of study.

Specialisations

7. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule for the Qualification.

8. Subject specialisations available for the Master of Specialist Teaching are: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Blind and Low Vision, Complex Educational Needs, Gifted and Talented, Learning and Behaviour.

9. A candidate admitted under Regulation 1(d) will complete the Master of Specialist Teaching without a specialisation.

Student Progression

10. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Specialist Teaching may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

11. For progression to Part Two of the Master of Specialist Teaching candidates must have maintained a grade average of at least a B over the first 120 credits undertaken for Part One.

Completion Requirements

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

13. 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 progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching or the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

14. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Schedule for the Master of Specialist Teaching

Part One (135 credits from)

Compulsory course

254.765 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching 30 credits

Compulsory course selection (15 credits from)

249.770 Supervision and Mentoring in Specialist Teaching 15 credits

249.771 Additional Areas of Specialist Teaching 15 credits

Subjects

Autism Spectrum Disorder (90 credits)

Subject 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)

Subject 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 30 credits
P 249.746 and 254.765

249.752 Practicum in Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits
P 249.751 C 249.751

Complex Educational Needs (90 credits)

Subject 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)

Subject 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)

Subject courses

249.753 Theory and Foundations of Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits

249.755 Practicum in Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits
P 249.754 C 249.754

Part Two (45 credits from)

267.875 Specialist Teaching Professional Inquiry 45 credits

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