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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 Diploma in Specialist Teaching requires that the candidate will:
(a) meet the University admission requirements;
(b) hold a relevant professional qualification;
(c) have either:
(i) qualified for any degree of a New Zealand university, or equivalent; or
(ii) provided evidence of sufficient practical/professional experience of an acceptable standard in an area relevant to the qualification;
(d) have satisfied the Academic Board that they have sufficient background of professional experience to be likely to benefit from the programme.
2. Candidates who do not hold current New Zealand professional Registration will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme. Such candidates must 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.
3. All international candidates and others 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 the equivalent TOEFL score) or other evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.
4. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:
(a) one core course as listed in Schedule A for the qualification (30 credits);
(b) three courses for one endorsement as listed in Schedule B for the qualification (90 credits).
5. Candidates must complete one endorsement by completing the requirements for that endorsement as set out in Part B of the Schedule for the Qualification.
6. There are no additional academic requirements for this qualification.
7. There are no additional progression requirements for this qualification.
8. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.
9. Any candidate who has previously been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching must surrender that qualification in order to be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching. Time limits for completion and for the award of distinction will apply from the time that the candidate first enrolled in a course credited towards the diploma.
10. In order to graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching endorsed in Blind and Low Vision a candidate must pass the Trans-Tasman Braille Proficiency Examination.
11. 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 graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.
12. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.
13. For candidates enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching failure to complete a course in two successive attempts will lead to exclusion from the qualification.
254.765 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching 30 credits
249.745 Theory and Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
249.700 Braille Proficiency 0 credits
249.746 Theory and Foundations of Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits
249.760 Theory and Foundations of Complex Educational Needs 30 credits
262.751 Theory and Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits
249.753 Theory and Foundations of Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits
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Last updated on Tuesday 08 October 2019