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Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching

Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching

  • ID:UC640072
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$32,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$8,439.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$32,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$8,439.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
Estimated Total/program:
$82,278.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching must have:

  • qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand teacher education degree, or qualified for a recognised three-year diploma in early childhood, primary, or secondary teaching in Aotearoa; and
  • hold current teacher registration in Aotearoa (not a requirement for the Early Intervention endorsement); and
  • normally acquired at least two years experience as a teacher or educator in a recognised educational, workplace, or community setting.
  • Students must be approved to enrol by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences. The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval.
  • Students who do not hold current Aotearoa New Zealand Professional Registration will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme. They must meet requirements equivalent to those set down by Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand for registration as a teacher in terms of character and fitness to be a teacher.

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 Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching provides students with a strong appreciation of specialist teaching as an interdisciplinary field of practice and the ability to apply their knowledge and skills in diverse cultural contexts.

The learning model is inquiry-based and employs a range of distance and other flexible learning options. Communities of interprofessional practice both within and beyond Aotearoa New Zealand will be developed.

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The PGDipSpecTchg is made up of four courses (120 points), which includes practical experience.

The Diploma can be awarded endorsed in:

  • Complex Educational Needs
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Early Intervention
  • Learning and Behaviour

See the Specialist Teaching programme website for more information on each endorsement.

Students complete the following courses depending on the endorsement chosen:

Complex Educational Needs

  • EDST 601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
  • EDST 651 Theory and Foundations in Complex Educational Needs
  • EDST 652 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Complex Educational Needs
  • EDST 653 Practicum in Complex Educational Needs

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • EDST 601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
  • EDST 621 Theory and Foundations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • EDST 622 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • EDST 623 Practicum in Deaf and Hard of Hearing

To graduate in this endorsement you must also be able to demonstrate proficiency in Aotearoa New Zealand Sign Language.

Early Intervention

  • EDST 601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
  • EDST 631 Theory and Foundations of Early Intervention
  • EDST 632 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Early Intervention
  • EDST 633 Practicum in Early Intervention

Learning and Behaviour

  • EDST 601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
  • EDST 641 Theory and Foundations of Learning and Behaviour Diversity
  • EDST 642 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Learning and Behaviour Diversity
  • EDST 643 Practicum in Learning and Behaviour Diversity
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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours
  • Master of Specialist Teaching
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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