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Innovative Master’s qualifies graduates for teaching

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Friday 4 October 2013 12:55pm

High-performing graduates can now become primary or secondary teachers and gain a master’s degree within a year.

The new Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) is a first for New Zealand. The Universities of Waikato and Otago collaboratively designed the programme, which draws on the research strengths and staff expertise of both institutions. Each institution will award its own Master’s degree. The MTchgLn has a major school-based component that focuses on raising the achievement of learners.

The Minister of Education announced the initiative late last month.

Prof_Lisa_SmithProfessor Lisa Smith

“The Government is committed to raising teacher quality and leadership and our investment in exemplary postgraduate programmes for initial teacher education is a key initiative in achieving that. Otago and Waikato’s willingness to invest in this vision will continue to enhance the profile of teaching as a high status profession that attracts the very best graduates,” Ms Parata said.

Education Deans Professor Roger Moltzen (Waikato) and Professor Lisa Smith (Otago) remark “this is an exciting opportunity to deliver an innovative Master’s programme in partnership with schools to prepare teachers for 21st Century classrooms.”

The Otago College of Education and Waikato Faculty of Education are well equipped to deliver this unique programme, ranked 1st and 2nd respectively in New Zealand education research (Performance Based Research Fund Results).

The new Master’s degree begins in January 2014 and is open to high-achieving graduates from any degree. Applications are now open. Contact the University of Waikato or the University of Otago for further information.

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