Qualification

Master of Education endorsed in Inclusive and Special Education

Overview

The Master of Education endorsed in Inclusive and Special Education is designed to give teachers, educational professionals, counsellors and researchers the opportunity to examine practice and critical issues surrounding the academic and social development of students with diverse learning needs.

A research thesis is a compulsory course in the endorsement.

The specific goals of the endorsed programme are to enable participants to:

  • systematically analyse and engage in research in the field of inclusive and special education
  • understand controversies in the fields of inclusive and special education
  • critically examine policies and procedures in inclusive and special education
  • work effectively with children and young people with special education needs, professionals, parents, and whanau in inclusive and special education.

The endorsement aims to develop a rigorous approach to the theory/practice nexus in the field of inclusive and special educational studies.

Students will have the opportunity to study in relation to their particular interests and to undertake a three or four-paper thesis. Academic advice and direction will assist students to develop a coherent and relevant programme of study.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates for the Master of Education endorsed in Inclusive and Special Education shall have either:

Candidates must also be approved by the Dean of Education. 

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Education or use the admission requirements checker

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The MEd(IncSpEd) includes a thesis equivalent to 120 points, or a thesis equivalent to 90 points and a course/courses equivalent to 30 points.

Duration

The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is twelve months; the maximum period is two years from the year of first enrolment.

The minimum period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is two years; the maximum period is three years from the year of first enrolment.

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

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. 

Useful information:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Education.

For study planning help contact the College of Education: 

College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 343 9606
Email education@canterbury.ac.nz