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The Degree of Master of Specialist Teaching
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 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.
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.
7. The Master of Specialist Teaching is awarded with or without a subject.
8. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule for the Qualification.
9. Subject specialisations available for the Master of Specialist Teaching are: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Blind and Low Vision, Complex Educational Needs, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Intervention, Gifted and Talented, Learning and Behaviour.
10. A candidate admitted under Regulation 1(d) will complete the Master of Specialist Teaching without a specialisation.
11. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Specialist Teaching may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.
12. 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.
13. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.
14. 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
15. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.
16. 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 Diploma in Specialist Teaching or the Master of Specialist Teaching prior to 01 January 2021 will be permitted to substitute a completed course or courses as follows: 254.765 for 254.766, and/or 249.749 or 249.751 or 249.761 or 262.752 or 249.754 for 254.767. Such candidates transferring credit from the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching Autism Spectrum Disorder endorsement will be permitted to complete the Master of Specialist Teaching in that subject. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.
Schedule for the Master of Specialist Teaching
Part One (135 credits from)
254.766 Professional Learning Pathways 30 credits
254.767 Community-based Practice 30 credits
P For Blind and Low Vision Endorsement: 249,756 and 254.766 For Complex Educational Needs: 249.760 and 254.766 For Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 249.740 and 254.766 For Early Intervention: 249.747 and 254.766 For Gifted and Talented: 262.751 and 254.766 For Learning and Behaviour: 249.753 and 254.766
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
Autism Spectrum Disorder (90 credits)
No new enrolments
249.745 Theory and Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
Blind and Low Vision (60 credits)
249.700 Braille Proficiency 0 credits
249.746 Theory and Practice of Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits
Complex Educational Needs (60 credits)
249.760 Theory and Practice of Complex Educational Needs 30 credits
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (60 credits)
249.740 Theory and Practice of Deaf and Hard of Hearing 30 credits
Early Intervention (60 credits)
249.747 Theory and Practice of Early Intervention 30 credits
Gifted and Talented Education (60 credits)
262.751 Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits
Learning and Behaviour (60 credits)
249.753 Theory and Practice of Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits
Part Two (45 credits from)
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