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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 a Bachelor’s degree with at least a B grade average across the highest 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 with at least a B grade average, or equivalent.

2. For entry into the Adviser on Deaf Children subject candidates shall have:

(a) been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Deaf and Hard of Hearing), with at least a B grade average, or equivalent; or

(b) been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy Honours degree with at least Second Class Honours, or equivalent; or

(c) been awarded or qualified for a Master of Speech and Language degree having achieved at least a B grade average, or equivalent.

3. For entry into the Te Korowai Mokopuna subject candidates shall have:

(a) been awarded or qualified for the professional qualification Te Tohu Mātauranga Whakapakari Tino Rangatiratanga o Te Kōhanga Reo with at least a B grade average across the highest level courses, or equivalent; and

(b) have completed at least two years of relevant professional experience in Kōhanga Reo; and

(c) hold a current letter of endorsement from Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust.

4. 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 into the programme.

5. 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 other evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.

Qualification Requirements

6. 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 completion of

(b) a subject

(c) any compulsory courses as listed in the Schedule for the Degree.

7. Notwithstanding Regulation 6, the programme of study for candidates admitted under Regulation 1(d) will be at least 120 credits including:

(a) 249770 or 249771; and

(b) completion of a subject as specified in the schedule for the Degree; and

(c) Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Degree.

8. Notwithstanding Regulation 6, the programme of study for candidates admitted under Regulation 2(a), (b) or (c) will be at least 120 credits including:

(a) 249770 or 249771; and

(c) completion of the Adviser Deaf Children subject as specified in the Schedule for the Degree; and

(d) Part Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Degree.

Specialisations

9. The Master of Specialist Teaching is awarded with or without a subject.

10. The requirements for each subject are set out in the Schedule for the Degree.

11. Subject specialisations available for the Master of Specialist Teaching are: Adviser on Deaf Children, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Blind and Low Vision, Complex Educational Needs, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Intervention, Te Korowai Mokopuna, Gifted Education, Learning and Behaviour.

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

Student Progression

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

14. 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

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

16. 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.

Academic Progress

17. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

18. 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: 254765 for 254766, and/or 249749 or 249751 or 249761 or 262752 or 249754 for 254767. 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.

19. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Study provisions specified in the Part I regulations to the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Gifted and Talented Education subject prior to 01 January 2022 may elect to be awarded this specialisation title rather than the title ‘Gifted Education’ on completion of the subject. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2025.

Schedule for the Master of Specialist Teaching

Part One (135 credits from)

Compulsory courses

254766 Professional Learning Pathways 30 credits

254767 Community-based Practice 30 credits
P 254766 and 1 of 249746 or 249760 or 249740 or 249747 or 262751 or 249753

Compulsory course selection (15 credits from)

249770 Supervision and Mentoring in Specialist Teaching 15 credits

249771 Additional Areas of Specialist Teaching 15 credits

Subjects

Adviser on Deaf Children (60 credits)

Subject courses

249756 Theory and Practice of Adviser on Deaf Children 30 credits

249757 Practicum in Adviser on Deaf Children 30 credits

249773 New Zealand Sign Language 2 0 credits

249774 New Zealand Sign Language 3 0 credits

Autism Spectrum Disorder (90 credits)

No new enrolments

Subject courses

249745 Theory and Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits

249749 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
P 249745 and 254765

249750 Practicum Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
P 249749 C 249749

Blind and Low Vision (60 credits)

Subject Courses

249700 Braille Proficiency 0 credits

249746 Theory and Practice of Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits

249752 Practicum in Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits
P 249746 and 254766

Complex Educational Needs (60 credits)

Subject Courses

249760 Theory and Practice of Complex Educational Needs 30 credits

249763 Practicum in Complex Educational Needs 30 credits
P 249760 and 254766

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (60 credits)

Subject courses

249740 Theory and Practice of Deaf and Hard of Hearing 30 credits

249743 Practicum in Deaf and Hard of Hearing 30 credits
P 249740 and 254766

249772 New Zealand Sign Language 1 0 credits

249773 New Zealand Sign Language 2 0 credits

Early Intervention (60 credits)

Endorsement courses

249747 Theory and Practice of Early Intervention 30 credits

249748 Practicum in Early Intervention 30 credits
P 249747 and 254766

Gifted Education (60 credits)

Subject courses

262751 Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits

262753 Practicum in Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits
P 254766 and 262751

Learning and Behaviour (60 credits)

Subject courses

249753 Theory and Practice of Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits

249755 Practicum in Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits
P 249753 and 254766

Te Korowai Mokopuna (60 credits)

Subject courses

249758 Theory and Practice of Te Kaupapa o Te Kōhanga Reo 30 credits

249759 Practicum in Te Kaupapa o Te Kōhanga Reo 30 credits