UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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Expected Jan 2023
University of Canterbury
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 must be completed with a B Grade Point Average or better before moving onto Part II.
Because the MTchgLn is an initial teacher education programme, these postgraduate programmes are the most relevant further study for a graduate:
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.
Applicants for the MTchgLn programme need a degree in a disciplinary field appropriate to teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand, with either:
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:
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.