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Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn)

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Overview

The Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) endorsed in Primary or Secondary Education is an intensive, research-informed programme of postgraduate study, usually completed in one calendar year of full-time study, or its equivalent in part-time study.

Top graduates from any discipline will be considered for this prestigious qualification. Student teachers will engage in an inquiry-based approach and intensive and extensive practice, working in partnership with schools and the University, which will lead to enhanced practitioner skills at individual, group and whole-class level.

In addition to meeting the requirements for provisional teacher registration in New Zealand, students of this programme will be enabled to become teacher researchers as they move into the profession of teaching.

This unique and innovative qualification is a joint initiative between the University of Otago College of Education and University of Waikato Faculty of Education. Each institution will award their own Master’s degree.

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Information for new MTchgLn applicants

The College of Education welcomes enquiries from intending applicants for study in 2018. Places in our ITE programmes are limited, so we invite you to apply with applications by the due date each year.

Applying for study in your chosen programme is part of the process of enrolling for study at the University of Otago. For more information see the Enrolment at Otago webpage, and also Applying to an Initial Teacher Education Programme and the College of Education Prospectus for Initial Teacher Education and Education Studies. Intending MTchgLn (Secondary Education) applicants should also check the minimum requirements (prerequisites) for each secondary school teaching subject, by referring to the table of Secondary Curriculum Subjects.

New international students should contact the International Office for advice on admission to their intended programmes.

A guide to what is requested as part of the application process

When submitting your application you will need to provide information related to your personal details, contact information and educational background. You will also need to provide additional information specific to your application; which is detailed below.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English or Māori must provide certified results of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.5 in the academic version (with no individual component below 7.5).
  • Academic qualifications e.g. university/polytechnic transcript; we require a witnessed copy if it is not from the University of Otago, which you will then scan and upload to your application.
  • If you have a medical condition you will be required to provide a medical certificate from your Doctor / Specialist regarding your ability to complete a programme at the College of Education. Scan and upload to your application.
  • A Consent to Disclosure form can be downloaded from the application screens. Fill in the fields and sign, then scan and upload to your application.
  • Recent experiences and involvement relevant to a career in teaching; type this out on one page of an A4 sheet and upload to your application.
  • Employment record. Please bullet point the place worked, the position you held and the start and finish dates. Type this directly in to the relevant section of your application.
  • A personal statement telling us who you are as a person, why you wish to enter the programme(s) you are applying for and your strengths. We expect about one page of an A4 sheet. This is to be handwritten; then scanned and uploaded to your application. This is the part of your application where you indicate you would like to be considered for the Master of Teaching and Learning.
  • Confidential referee reports: please provide two Referee Reports.

    The report template can be downloaded below, or during the online application process. Fill out the required sections and send to your referees to return directly to us (A freepost address is provided on the form). Your application is not complete until we have received the reports from your referees.

Referee report

Once your application has been submitted

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted to arrange an interview. If your application has not been successful you will be notified of this via your e:Vision student portal.

If your interview is successful you will be offered a place in the programme via your e:Vision student portal. This may be a conditional offer if there are prerequisites still to be completed, such as NCEA or completion of a Bachelor’s Degree. If you are not successful after the interview you will be notified of this.

If you receive an offer of study you must accept or decline this offer and ensure that you have completed the selection of your papers.

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Professional Standards and Criminal Offences

The Initial Teacher Education – Professional Standards and Criminal Offences Policy

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Contact Details

Tel 0800 TO TEACH (0800 868 3224)
Email education@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/education

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Programme Requirements

Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) - Endorsed in Primary Education

Subject AreaPapersPoints
Teaching in Context

EDUC 471  Teaching in a New Zealand Context

30

Curriculum

EDUC 472  Primary Curriculum 1

EDUC 572  Primary Curriculum 2

30

30

Inquiry (Professional Experience)

EDUC 473   Evidence-based Inquiry (Primary)

EDUC 573   Extended Evidence-based Inquiry (Primary)

30

30

Pedagogy

EDUC 476   Diversity and Inclusion

30

Content Competency Tests

EICT 199   Information and Communication Technologies Competency Test

ELIT199  Literacy Competence Test

EMAT 199   Mathematics Competency Test (Primary)

0

0

0

Total

180

Note: Any student who does not pass one or more of EICT 199, ELIT 199, and (EMAT 196 or 197 or 199) at the first attempt is recommended to take EICT 198 Essential ICT for Teaching, ELIT 198 Essential Literacy for Teaching, and/or support appropriate for EMAT 196 or 197 or 199(or equivalent papers).

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Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) endorsed in Secondary Education

Subject Area Papers Points
Teaching in Context

EDUC 471  Teaching in a New Zealand Context

30

Curriculum

EDUC 477  Secondary Curriculum 1

EDUC 577  Secondary Curriculum 2

30

30

Inquiry (Professional Experience)

EDUC 478  Evidence-based Inquiry (Secondary)

EDUC 578  Extended Evidence-based Inquiry (Secondary)

30

30

Pedagogy

EDUC 476  Diversity and Inclusion

30

Content Competency Tests

EICT 199  Information and Communication Technologies Competency Test

ELIT 199  Literacy Competence Test

EMAT 196  Mathematics Competency Test (Secondary Specialisation), or
EMAT 197  Mathematics Competency Test (ECE/Secondary)

0

0

0

Total

180

Note: Any student who does not pass one or more of EICT 199, ELIT 199, and (EMAT 196 or 197 or 199) at the first attempt is recommended to take EICT 198 Essential ICT for Teaching, ELIT 198 Essential Literacy for Teaching, and/or support appropriate for EMAT 196 or 197 or 199(or equivalent papers).

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities), on the advice of the Dean, College of Education, who must be satisfied that, in accordance with Section 224 of the Education Act 1989, the applicant satisfies the requirements for admission to an initial teacher education programme.
    2. Every applicant must have:
      1. a degree (at Level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework) with an average grade of at least B+ in the final year major subject requirements for a bachelor’s degree (requiring papers worth at least 360 points) or in the course components for a postgraduate qualification; or,
      2. alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    3. Applicants whose first language is not English or Māori must provide certified results of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.5 in the academic version (with no individual component below 7.5) prior to admission.

    Notes:

    1. At the time of selection a disposition to teach coupled with a proven academic record and appropriate levels of literacy and numeracy will be sought. Applicants’ suitability for the programme will be assessed by an interview and screening tests to be undertaken by applicants.

    2. Applicants for the Secondary Education endorsement must have passed appropriate papers (including at least one at 300-level) in one or more teaching subjects for the Secondary School Curriculum.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    Every programme of study must satisfy the requirements for one of the endorsements in the schedule of requirements for the degree.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme shall normally be one calendar year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. 
    2. The programme of study must normally be completed within two years of admission by a full-time candidate, or within three years by a part-time candidate.

  4. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).

  5. Exclusion from the Programme

    A candidate may be excluded from further study towards the degree by the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education (clauses (a) and (b)), or the Dean, College of Education (clause (c)), if the candidate:

    1. fails to make satisfactory academic progress (as defined by the Academic Progress policy);
    2. fails to pass a professional experience paper for a second time:
      1. Primary Education - EDUC 473 or EDUC 573
      2. Secondary Education - EDUC 478 or EDUC 578
    3. fails a component of the professional experience programme due to unprofessional or unethical behaviour, under which circumstances the candidate may be excluded from the professional component of the qualification.

  6. Withdrawal from and Readmission to the Programme

    1. A candidate who withdraws from the programme at any time and wishes to be readmitted to the programme at a later date shall be required to apply to the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), College of Education for readmission.
    2. The period of temporary withdrawal from the programme shall not normally exceed one year following the year of withdrawal.
    3. Applications for readmission should normally be received by the Associate Dean (Teacher Education), University of Otago College of Education no later than specified closing date for the programme.

  7. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  8. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study that does not comply with these regulations.

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