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Master of Specialist Teaching

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  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Part-time study

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Master of Specialist Teaching are detailed in the regulations. All new applicants to a Specialist Teaching programme at Massey University must make an online Selected Entry application and be selected onto the programme. Students previously selected for and enrolled in a Specialist Teaching programme at Massey University will apply online but will not go through the selection process.

The closing date for applications is Saturday 11 January 2020.

For applicants who have completed a Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, the closing date for Semester Two applications is 10 June.

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.

Entry requirements:

  • 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
  • a completed Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (or equivalent) with a minimum B average.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years). Further details of this requirement can be found below.
  • a 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)

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 do not hold a current New Zealand professional registration you will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme.

If your first language is not English 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

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.

Curriculum vitae: Please provide a full CV including 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.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Master of Specialist Teaching structure

Students completing the 180 credit Master of Specialist Teaching must complete Parts One and Two as detailed in the Schedule for the Qualification. Please check the regulations for course information.

Students who have completed the requirements for the Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, but have not been awarded (or intend to surrender) the qualification, may complete the Masters (in the same subject) by the following 60 credits:

Students admitted with a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (or equivalent) which they are not able to surrender must complete at least 120 credits, comprising:

  • 75 credits at 700-level from courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification including 249.770 Supervision and Mentoring in Specialist Teaching (15 credits) or 249.771 Additional Areas of Specialist Teaching (15 credits)
  • 267.875 Professional Inquiry in Specialist Teaching (45 credits)

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course Search.

Completion of this programme requires attendance at compulsory block workshops held in Auckland and Christchurch.

This qualification is offered by Massey University and the University of Canterbury. Students will be enrolled at and have their degree awarded by only one of the universities.

Student Progression

For progression from Part One to Part Two, students must achieve a minimum B average over the first 120 credits of Part One.

Students who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two may be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching or Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

In cases of sufficient merit, the Master of Specialist Teaching may be awarded with Distinction or Merit if completed within four years of first enrolling in part-time study. The programme must be completed within five years of first enrolling in part-time study. For students completing a 120 credit Masters, the programme can be awarded with Distinction or Merit in cases of sufficient merit if completed within three years of first enrolling in part-time study and must be completed within four years of first enrolling.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

Majors or endorsements

Students who have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (or equivalent) and cannot or do not want to surrender the diploma must complete the Master of Specialist Teaching without a subject.

Students who have completed all requirements but have not been awarded (or intend to surrender), the Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching may continue in the same subject area:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Blind and Low Vision
  • Complex Educational Needs
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Learning and Behaviour

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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