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Master of Teaching and Learning
Master of Teaching and Learning

Master of Teaching and Learning

  • ID:UC640130
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MTchgLn programme need to demonstrate that they have:

  • qualified for a degree in a disciplinary field appropriate to teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand, and have either a bachelor’s degree, a bachelor’s degree with honours, or a master's degree; or
  • been admitted Ad Eundem Statum (with equivalent standing) to enrol.

In addition applicants:

  • are normally expected to have achieved a minimum of a B+ Grade Point Average in the 300-level courses in their major subject; and
  • need to demonstrate academic literacy and digital literacy/ICT competence at a standard sufficient to independently engage with postgraduate study and professional work contexts.

Students who completed their entry qualification overseas, and who intend to become registered teachers in Aotearoa, are advised that Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand will require an assessment of their qualification by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 94, with at least 24 in reading, 27 in writing, 24 in listening and 23 speaking
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 185 with at least 185 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 65 and no PTE communicative skills score below 65

Course Information

The Master of Teaching and Learning is an initial teacher education (ITE) qualification. It is an exciting option for graduates seeking to become primary or secondary teachers and who wish to distinguish themselves from other ITE graduates.

This professional Master’s will equip participants with enhanced research-based knowledge and inquiry skills, experiences of contemporary educational theory and professional practice so they can become teachers with the expertise essential to schools in the 21st century. It is also an ideal pathway for those who have a particular interest in and commitment to supporting learning for diverse learners in mainstream schools, including Māori and Pasifika youth, students for whom English is a second language, and those who experience special learning needs.

The programme is aligned with Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand graduating teacher standards, and benefits from the 135-year tradition of quality teacher education and educational research conducted in the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora. UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Education (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).

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The MTchgLn is made up of two parts that comprise a total of 180 points, involving core coursework and courses towards an endorsement.

Part I must be completed with a B Grade Point Average or better before moving onto Part II.

Part I

Students complete 150 points from the following course lists depending on their chosen endorsement. These courses are from the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning schedule.

Compulsory courses (both Primary and Secondary Education endorsements)

  • TEPI 413 Professional Learning and Inquiry 1

  • TEPI 415 Understanding Every Learner: Intercultural and Inclusive Education

  • TEPI 416 Tō tātou reo, ā tātou tikanga

  • TEPI 614 Professional Learning and Inquiry 2

  • TEPP 413 Teaching Professional Practice 1

  • TEPP 414 Teaching Professional Practice 2

Primary Education endorsement

  • TECP 423 Literacy and Mathematics for Primary School Teaching

  • TECP 424 Curriculum 2: Teaching and Learning in, through and about Health and Physical Education and the Arts

  • TECP 425 Curriculum 3: Exploring Science and Technology through Collaborative Design

  • TECP 426 Curriculum 4: Learning Languages and Social Sciences in Diverse School and Community Settings

Secondary Education endorsement

  • TECS 433 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1: Teaching subject for junior secondary

  • TECS 434 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2: Teaching subject for senior secondary

  • TECS 435 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 3: Contemporary Developments in Secondary Education

Secondary students will also need to meet requirements for one of the following teaching subjects:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science (Physics, Biology, or Chemistry)

  • Social Studies (History, Geography, Economics, or Classical studies)

  • Te Reo Māori

  • The Arts (Music, Drama, Art)

  • Technology (Digital Technology, Food Technology, Materials Technology)

  • Learning Languages (French, German, Chinese, Japanese)

  • Health and Physical Education (Health, P.E, Outdoor Education)

To specialise in these teaching subjects, you will need to take one of:

  • TECS 436 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 4: Additional teaching subject for junior secondary

  • TECS 437 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 5: Additional teaching subject for senior secondary

If you do not have the background for one of these additional teaching subjects, you can take a course from the Primary Education endorsement schedule above, or an approved course elsewhere at UC.

Part II

All MTchgLn students complete the following:

  • TEPI 615 Research for Teaching

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Master of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Education
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.
  • Teaching graduates are employed in teaching and management positions in a range of primary, intermediate, middle and area schools, and secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. Internationally recognised, many MTchgLn graduates also find work abroad.
  • Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility, and organisation are prized by many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics, and business.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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