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Master of Teaching and Learning

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Master's Degree


1 year

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The Master of Teaching and Learning is an initial teacher education (ITE) qualification. It is an exciting option for graduates seeking to become primary or secondary teachers and who wish to distinguish themselves from other ITE graduates.

This professional Master’s will equip participants with enhanced research-based knowledge and inquiry skills, experiences of contemporary educational theory and professional practice so they can become teachers with the expertise essential to schools in the 21st century. It is also an ideal pathway for those who have a particular interest in and commitment to supporting learning for diverse learners in mainstream schools, including Maori and Pasifika youth, students for whom English is a second language, and those who experience special learning needs.

Students in the MTchgLn complete the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (PGDipTchgLn) and an additional 30-point teaching research course. The degree is endorsed in either Primary Education or Secondary Education, and both are internationally recognised professional qualifications.

The programme benefits from the 135-year tradition of quality teacher education and educational research conducted in the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

The MTchgLn is an intensive, professional preparation programme comprised of 180 points, over one calendar year. It involves:

  • Part I: 150 points of coursework based on courses in the Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning schedule for your Primary or Secondary Education endorsement
  • Part II: 30 points of core courses taken as a single cohort of MTchgLn students

Part I must be completed with a B Grade Point Average or better before moving onto Part II.

Further study

Because the MTchgLn is an initial teacher education programme, these postgraduate programmes are the most relevant further study for a graduate:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with endorsement options in e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Haka Pounamu: Te Reo Maori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Literacy, and Teaching and Learning Languages)
  • Master of Education (with endorsement options in e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Haka Pounamu: Te Reo Maori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Literacy, and Teaching and Learning Languages)
  • Master of Specialist Teaching
  • Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with Teaching Council of New Zealand.

Teaching graduates are employed in teaching and management positions in a range of primary, intermediate, middle and area schools, and secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. Internationally recognised, many MTchgLn graduates also find work abroad.

Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility, and organisation are prized by many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics, and business.

Entry criteria

Applicants for the MTchgLn programme need a degree in a disciplinary field appropriate to teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand, with either:

  • a bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with honours with a B Grade Point Average or better.
  • a master's degree
  • approval of successful prior academic performance that demonstrates an ability for postgraduate-level study.

For the Secondary endorsement, students will need a body of knowledge from their previous studies in a subject relevant to the Aotearoa New Zealand secondary school curriculum eg, English, physics, geography, etc.

Students who completed their entry qualification overseas, and who intend to become registered teachers in Aotearoa, are advised that Matat? Aotearoa will require an assessment of their qualification by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 7.0 overall, with no band score lower than 7.0.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 94, with at least 24 in Listening and Reading, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Minimum overall score of 65, with no Communicative Skills score below 65.
  • CAE/CPE: Minimum overall score of 185, with at least 185 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Please note: the English language proficiency requirements for entry to Initial Teacher Education programmes are set by the Teaching Council of New Zealand and are higher than the standard university requirements.

Applications are open any time, and close on 31 October for international applicants.

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