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Master of Teaching and Learning - Secondary Curriculum Subjects

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The following table is a guide to secondary curriculum subjects and explains the minimum paper requirements whilst undertaking tertiary study for each teaching subject that is available at secondary school level.

For Master of Teaching and Learning student teachers, these subjects are taken as components within Secondary Curriculum papers EDUC 477 and EDUC 577.

In secondary curriculum, you will:

  • work within one or two learning areas only;
  • select three subjects;
  • have met prerequisites for your subjects; and
  • study to teach a range of subjects from Years 7 to 13.

The year level indicates which year you may be able to teach in a secondary school or in some cases, intermediate level as many New Zealand secondary schools include intermediate level (Year 7 and 8).

  • Students are required to have a body of papers at 100- and 200-level in order to teach the Junior Curriculum area of Year 7-10.
  • Students are required to have a body of papers at 100-, 200- and 300-level in order to teach the Senior Curriculum area of Year 11-13.

All listed subjects may not be available in any one year. The table is not indicative of the contact hours or timetabling of these subjects within the secondary curriculum papers.

Your subjects will be considered during selection and are subject to final approval by the Associate Dean (Teacher Education) or nominee. Students are welcome to contact the University of Otago College of Education for further information and guidance about planning their secondary subjects or degree.

Science

Subject Year levels

Prerequisites (papers required to teach the subject)
Students must have passed/completed:

Notes
Science 7-11 A body of 100-level and 200-level science papers, or approved equivalent.
Senior Science 11-13 One 300-level Science paper supported by a body of 100- and 200- level papers, or approved equivalent. This subject is designed for students working within the science learning area who do not have two specialist senior science subjects. It covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Agriculture & Horticulture, Environmental Studies and Earth & Space science.
Chemistry 12-13 One 300-level Chemistry paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.
Biology 12-13 One 300-level paper in biologically relevant fields supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.
Physics 12-13 One 300-level Physics paper supported by a body of 100-level and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.

Mathematics and Statistics

Subject Year levels

Prerequisites (papers required to teach the subject)
Students must have passed/completed:

Notes
Junior Mathematics and Statistics 7-10 Two 100-level Mathematics papers (only one of which may be a Statistics paper), or approved equivalent. Students seeking to specialise within this learning area may be considered for an additional subject: Senior Specialist Mathematics and Statistics.
Senior Mathematics and Statistics 11-13 One 300-level Mathematics or Statistics paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level Mathematics and Statistics papers, or approved equivalent. Students seeking to specialise within this learning area may be considered for an additional subject: Senior Specialist Mathematics and Statistics.

Health and Physical Education

Subject Year levels

Prerequisites (papers required to teach the subject)
Students must have passed/completed:

Notes
Health Education 7-13 A body of health-related papers to 200-level in BPhEd, BNur, BOccTh, SOWK, health promotion, Māori health, adolescent health, or significant work experience in adolescent health, or approved equivalent required.
Junior Physical Education (with Outdoor Education) 7-10

BPhEd, BAppSci (Physical activity, Health and Wellness), BSpEx, or approved equivalent required. It is recommended that students enrolling for this paper hold current Workplace First Aid Certification.

Health Education is a co-requisite of Junior and Senior Physical Education.
PE/Health students wishing to take a fourth subject outside this learning area can apply to do so if they meet the prerequisites in that subject.
Senior Physical Education (with Outdoor Education) 11-13

BPhEd, BAppSci (Physical activity, Health and Wellness), BSpEx, or approved equivalent required. It is recommended that students enrolling for this paper hold current Workplace First Aid Certification.

Health Education is a co-requisite of Junior and Senior Physical Education.
PE/Health students wishing to take a fourth subject outside this learning area can apply to do so if they meet the prerequisites in that subject.

English

Subject Year levels

Prerequisites (papers required to teach the subject)
Students must have passed/completed:

Notes
Junior English 7-10 A body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent. Postcolonial, Shakespearean, New Zealand literature, digital literature and critical theory papers are recommended.
Senior English 11-13

A body of 100-, 200-level and 300-level English papers, or approved equivalent. Postcolonial, Shakespearean, New Zealand literature, digital literature and critical theory papers are recommended.

Junior English is a co-requisite of Senior English.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 7-13 One 300-level paper in a TESOL relevant field, such as Linguistics or Second Language Acquisition, supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants who have ESOL/EFL teaching experience in NZ or overseas, or have experience working with bilingual students in educational settings.

Technology

Subject Year levels

Prerequisites (papers required to teach the subject)
Students must have passed/completed:

Notes
Junior Technology 7-10 Two Technology-related papers at 100-level, or approved equivalent. It is recommended that students enrolling for this paper hold current Workplace First Aid Certification.
Senior Technology 11-13

Hard Materials Technology: BDes (Product), BEng, BE, BAppSc (Design-related major), or approved equivalent required. Soft Materials Technology – BCApSc, BAppSc (Clothing and Textile Science major), BDes (Fashion), or approved equivalent required. A knowledge and evidence of practical skill is essential.

Food Technology/Home Economics: BCApSc, BAppSc (Food-related major), BCulArts (Otago Polytechnic), BSc (Human Nutrition or Food Science major), BFoodTech (Massey), or approved equivalent required. Knowledge of practical cookery is essential.

Graphics: Design Studies papers at 300-level, or New Zealand Certificates in Engineering, Building, Drafting, Survey Drafting, Town and Country Planning Drafting, Architectural Drafting, Quantity Surveying or Drafting (Architecture), BArch, BBS, or approved equivalent required.

Digital Technologies: A Bachelor of Information Technology degree and a 300-level Information Science or Computing paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.

Junior Technology is a co-requisite of Senior Technology subjects.

Students seeking to specialise in this learning area may be considered for an additional subject: Senior Specialist Technology

Social Science

Subject Year levels

Prerequisites (papers required to teach the subject)
Students must have passed/completed:

Notes
Social Studies 7-10 200-level Social Science paper supported by 100-level papers (History, Geography, Anthropology and Economics papers recommended), or approved equivalent.
History 11-13 One 300-level History paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.
Geography 11-13 One 300-level Geography paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.
Classical Studies 11-13 One 300-level Classics paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.
Commerce 11-13

One 300-level paper in marketing, management, economics, entrepreneurship, or accounting supported by a body of 100- and 200- level papers in relevant disciplines, or approved equivalent.

Business Studies, Economics and/or Accounting are available to commerce specialists.
Media Studies 11-13 A body of relevant film or media papers (including 200-level papers), in a degree, film or media analysis fields, journalism, or approved equivalent required.
Religious Education 7-13 One 300-level Theology paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.

Learning languages

Subject Year levels

Prerequisites (papers required to teach the subject)
Students must have passed/completed:

Notes
Foundation Languages 7-11

One 300-level language paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent in one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Te Reo Māori or Spanish.

Foundation Languages is a co-requisite of Specialist Languages. One further subject in languages may be offered to a language specialist.
Specialist Language 7-13

One 300-level language paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent in one of the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Te Reo Māori or Spanish.

Foundation Languages is a co-requisite of Specialist Languages. One further subject in languages may be offered to a language specialist.

Arts

Subject Year levels

Prerequisites (papers required to teach the subject)
Students must have passed/completed:

Notes
Art History 11-13 One 300-level Art History paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.
Dance 7-13 At least two papers within a degree that include Dance as a component - including 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.
Drama 7-13 A body of Drama papers within a degree including 200-level papers, or approved equivalent.
Junior Music 7-10 One 200-level Music paper supported by a body of 100-level papers, Grade VI Theory and Grade VIII Performance (Royal Schools of Music or Trinity College, London), or approved equivalent required. Keyboard skills are desirable.
Senior Music 11-13

One 300-level Music paper supported by a body of 100- and 200-level papers, Grade VII Theory and Grade VIII Performance (Royal Schools of Music or Trinity College, London), or approved equivalent required. Keyboard skills are desirable.

Junior Music is a co-requisite of Senior Music.
Junior Visual Arts 7-10 BFA, or approved equivalent.
Senior Visual Arts 11-13

BFA, or approved equivalent.

Junior Visual Art is a co-requisite of Senior Visual Art.