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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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Applying

See the following for information about applying for the Master of Teaching and Learning:

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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 Early Childhood Education

Subject Area Papers Points
Teaching in Context

EDUC 471  Teaching in a New Zealand Context

30

Curriculum

EDUC 474  Early Childhood Curriculum 1

EDUC 574  Early Childhood Curriculum 2

30

30

Inquiry (Professional Experience)

EDUC 475   Evidence-based Inquiry (Early Childhood)

EDUC 575   Extended Evidence-based Inquiry (Early Childhood)

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 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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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).
    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 two at 300-level or above) in a teaching subject 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 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. Early Childhood Education - EDUC 475 or EDUC 575
      2. Primary Education - EDUC 473 or EDUC 573
      3. Secondary Education - EDUC 478 or EDUC 578
    3. fails a component of the professional experience programme due to unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

  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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