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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 Postgraduate Certificate in 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 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.

Qualification Requirements

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.

Specialisations

6. The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching is awarded without endorsement.

Completion Requirements

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.

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.

Transitional Provisions

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 254765, if already completed, for 254766. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching

Compulsory course

254766 Professional Learning Pathways 30 credits

Elective courses (30 credits from)

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

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

249747 Theory and Practice of Early Intervention 30 credits

249753 Theory and Practice of Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits

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

249760 Theory and Practice of Complex Educational Needs 30 credits

262751 Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits