Master of Teaching and Learning - Award Regulations - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Teaching and Learning

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2018 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website). Find key terms in the Glossary of terms.

These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for the University.

These Regulations came into force on 1 January 2018.
This degree was first offered in 2015.

In exceptional circumstances the Dean of Education and Health Sciences may approve a personal programme of study which does not conform to these regulations.

The structure of the qualification
To qualify for the degree of Master of Teaching and Learning a student must:
be credited with a minimum of 180 points towards the qualification; and
be credited with the courses listed in Schedule A to these regulations; and
satisfy the requirements for a major listed in Schedule B.
Admission to the qualification

To be admitted to the Master of Teaching and Learning a student must:

have satisfied the Admission Regulations for admission to the University; and
have qualified for a degree in a disciplinary field appropriate to teaching and learning from a New Zealand tertiary educational organisation, and have either:
a 360 or 480 point bachelor’s degree (NZQA level 7 or 8) with at least a B+ grade point average in 300-level courses of their major subject; or
a 240 point Master’s degree (NZQA level 9); and
if seeking the Secondary endorsement, have completed 300- or 400-level in a teaching subject appropriate to the New Zealand secondary school curriculum. Otherwise, the student must complete a qualifying programme of study approved by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences to a standard of study equivalent to at least 300-level in a New Zealand secondary school teaching subject; and
satisfy additional literacy competency of either:
English as a first language; or
IELTS (Academic) 7.5, with no individual score below 7.5; or
completed a Level 7 (undergraduate degree) qualification instructed fully in English and on campus from a New Zealand or Australian tertiary education organisation; and
have met the requirements stipulated in the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 prior to gaining entry into the programme; and
been approved as a student by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, on the recommendation of a Selection Committee, which will include an interview.

The majors are listed in Schedule B to these regulations.

Time limits

The time limit for this qualification is 24 months.

Transfers of credit, substitutions and cross-credits

This qualification adheres to the General Conditions for Credit and Transfer Regulations, with no additional stipulations.


This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University, with the following stipulation:

A student may not fail more than 30 points in this qualification.

Honours, Distinction and Merit

This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University and may be awarded with Distinction and Merit.

Pathways to other qualifications

There are no advancing or exit qualifications for this degree.

Disclosure of charges and convictions

A student in the Degree of Master of Teaching and Learning is required to inform the Dean of Education and Health Sciences within three working days if they are charged or convicted of an offence while participating in the programme and of any other incidents or matters that may compromise their fitness to teach.

  • For students
    To discuss the requirements for your programme of study
    contact a Student Advisor (Liaison website).
  • For staff:
    To request updates to the University Regulations
    refer to the Blue Book (UC staff only) and contact
    your College Academic Manager or
    Academic Services Group
    Phone: +64 3 369 3971 (ext 93971)
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