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Specialise in Blind and Low Vision for your Master of Specialist Teaching at Massey
The Master of Specialist Teaching (Blind and Low Vision) gives you the theory and research-based study of specialist teaching. You’ll gain an understanding of the development and learning needs of students who are blind or have a visual impairment.
The course adopts an enquiry-based inter-professional education approach. It uses a range of blended learning options for all students regardless of your location.
Take less of your time
The Master of Specialist Teaching is 180 credits. This means you can complete this qualification in three years of part-time study.
Flexible qualification with multi-modal teaching
We combine a range of evidence-informed, culturally sustaining and 21st century learning options for all students. This includes digital and face-to-face pedagogical practices to make it easier for you to study from anywhere and to integrate your learning and practice.
Our qualification adopts an inquiry-based inter-professional model. So you’ll study alongside other types of specialist teachers to learn with, from and about each other within a broad community of practice. Your study will take place in a supportive and constructive learning environment led by highly qualified and respected experts in the field of inclusive education.
Your qualification options
Please note that the Master of Specialist Teaching does not qualify you to be a teacher. Explore education study options at Massey and the qualification you need to become a teacher in our education pathways tool.
A Master of Specialist Teaching in Blind and Low Vision is a good fit if you:
- have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
- want to inquire into an aspect of your professional practice
- hope to influence the sector through research that matters.
In order to graduate with the Blind and Low Vision subject, you must pass the Trans-Tasman Braille Proficiency Examination (credited as course 249700 Braille Proficiency). You will enrol in this course in your second (or subsequent) year of study but not in your first year of study.
The Master of Specialist Teaching is a parts-based qualification. For progression from Part One to Part Two, you must achieve a minimum B average over the first 120 credits of Part One.
If you have completed the requirements for the Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, you may complete this master’s (in the same subject) by completing the following 60 credits:
If you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching at another university, you will complete the Master of Specialist Teaching without specialisation in at least 120 credits, comprising:
- 249770 Supervision and Mentoring in Specialist Teaching (15 credits) or 249771 Additional Areas of Specialist Teaching (15 credits)
- 60 credits of courses from this subject in the Schedule
- 267875 Professional Inquiry in Specialist Teaching (45 credits).
To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.
You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.
Courses you can enrol in
Course planning key
- Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
- Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
- Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.
Course code: 249700 Braille Proficiency credits 0
In order to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Blind and Low Vision), evidence that the candidate has successfully completed the Trans-Tasman Braille Proficiency Examination (Unified English Braille) must be submitted.View full course details
Course code: 249746 Theory and Practice of Blind and Low Vision Education credits 30
An advanced study of the theory and practice of specialist teachers in the area of blind and low visionView full course details
Course code: 249752 Practicum in Blind and Low Vision Education credits 30
A professional and field-based practicum in the area of blind and low visionView full course details
Admission to Massey
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
This is a selected entry qualification. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
To enter the Master of Specialist Teaching you will have:
- been awarded or qualified for a completed degree from a New Zealand university with a minimum B grade average across the 300-level courses (or equivalent), and
- a relevant professional qualification, and
- at least two years relevant professional experience, or
- been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (or equivalent) with a minimum B average.
You will also provide the following documents as part of the selection process:
- verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
- a copy of your current CV (including education and employment for at least the last five years. If you have recently changed jobs to a resource teacher role, please ensure the new role is included as your current employment)
- verified copy of your current practising certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (if a registered teacher with a current full practising certificate)
- a summary of any short or long-term disability including learning disability or heath issue that may affect your study.
If you are not a registered teacher or you are a registered teacher without a current full practising certificate, you will also need to supply:
- a completed NZ Police Request and Consent form, along with two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic) from the list of acceptable forms of identification
- a copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals as these will need to be supplied to the Education Council at a later date.
If you have been previously selected for and enrolled in a specialist teaching qualification at Massey University you will apply online but will not go through the selection process.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English or Te Reo Māori and you have not gained a New Zealand university entrance qualification, or an overseas entrance qualification in a country where the main language is English, you will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English in the form of an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 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.
IELTS EXEMPTION: A teacher who has registered with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and holds a current Practising Certificate, will be exempted from meeting this English language requirement. For more information, see: teachingcouncil.nz.
Your curriculum vitae should include details of your educational and professional qualifications, employment history with dates and descriptions of roles and responsibilities, membership of associations/organisations, and a list of professional publications and research reports.
Health and disability
If you have any short or long-term disability including learning disability or heath issue that may affect your study, please upload a summary in your application. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the University staff processing your application.
Ministry of Education study award
If you have applied for a MOE study award and/or hold an RTLB position, you should be applying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching.
Application closing date
Applications close on 10 December, for study commencing the following year.
For applicants who have completed a Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, the closing date for Semester Two applications is 10 June.
English language skills
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
Fees and scholarships
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
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- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
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You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.
Careers and job opportunities
Inclusive education is fast becoming the preferred model of education worldwide. A Master in Specialist Teaching can lead to a range of career opportunities in New Zealand and further afield. Your skills will be in demand.
Graduates may find work or enhance their careers in many educational areas such as:
- specialist resource teachers such as resource teacher: learning and behaviour, blind and low vision or deaf and hard of hearing
- special education advisors
- special education needs coordinators
- academic and professional development positions
- behaviour support workers
- special education teachers.