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Master of Teaching (MTchg)

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The Master of Teaching (MTchg) degree has been specifically designed for in-service teachers. This programme will provide teachers with opportunities to examine their personal theories of teaching and learning, and evaluate their teaching practices.

The Master of Teaching (MTchg) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Contact Details

University of Otago College of Education Postgraduate team
Freephone 0800 TO TEACH (0800 86 83224)
Tel 64 3 479 4914

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Subject Area

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Programme Requirements

Master of Teaching (MTchg)

  • EDUC 440  Critical Analysis of Teaching or EDUC 423  Technology-enhanced Learning 

  • EDUC 441  Researching Personal Teaching Practice

  • EDUC 590  Professional Practice Portfolio

  • Other 400-level EDUC papers worth a total of 80 points

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Teaching (MTchg)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    2. Every applicant must
      1. have a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification;
      2. have at least three years of successful teaching experience;
      3. be able to complete the Professional Practice Portfolio (EDUC 590) while working in a relevant field of education;
      4. present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of:
      1. EDUC 440 Critical Analysis of Teaching (20 points) or EDUC 423 Technology-enhanced Learning (20 points);
      2. EDUC 441 Researching Personal Teaching Practice (20 points);
      3. EDUC 590 Professional Practice Portfolio (60 points); and
      4. other 400-level Education papers worth a total of 80 points.
    2. The Professional Practice Portfolio (EDUC 590) should be submitted no earlier than six months and no later than twelve months following enrolment.
    3. With prior approval, postgraduate papers worth up to the equivalent of 40 points may be credited from another department or from another university or tertiary institution.
    4. A candidate who has been awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching or Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching at a standard acceptable to the Dean of the College of Education may be exempted from those papers in the programme for the degree which have been previously passed for the certificate or diploma.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The programme may be completed in eighteen months (two semesters of full-time study followed by completion of the Professional Practice Portfolio) but will normally be completed in two years of part-time study. Every candidate shall complete the requirements for the degree within eight years of admission to the programme.

  4. Withdrawal from the Programme

    1. A candidate whose results are not satisfactory after the first year of study (or equivalent in part-time study) may be required to withdraw from the programme.
    2. Where a candidate withdraws from the programme after completing at least 120 points for papers required in regulation 2(b), the Dean of the College of Education may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching.

  5. Examination

    The Professional Practice Portfolio (EDUC 590)  shall be marked by two examiners who will agree upon a mark. In cases of significant discrepancy where agreement cannot be reached, a third examiner will be appointed. The reports of all examiners shall be made available to the external examiner to the College of Education, who will recommend a mark to the Dean of the College of Education.

  6. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. Variations

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

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