EDST601-19X (D) General non-calendar-based 2019 (Distance)

Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 11 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 30 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 22 February 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 24 May 2019


Advanced study of generic core theory and foundations of specialist teaching common to professionals working in the areas of: Early Intervention; Deaf and Hearing Impairment; Blind and Vision Impairment; Learning and Behaviour; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Complex Educational Needs, and Gifted and Talented.

Learning Outcomes

Students who  complete this paper successfully should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

1. Core background knowledge relevant to the field of special and inclusive education, including: the history of special and inclusive education in New Zealand and internationally; models of disability and diversity; relevant curricula, legislation, documents, and policies; the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi, biculturalism and multiculturalism in special and inclusive education contexts.
2. Skills, values, attitudes, and practices needed for professionals to work individually and interprofessionally with children and students with diverse learning needs and their families and whānau, including: culturally appropriate practices; learning theories and practices; assessment theories and practices; evidence-based interventions and individualised education planning, evidence-based practices, and reading the professional research literature.
3. Working as an effective and collaborative team member with parents and whānau in different cultural and educational contexts.
4. Evidence-based, ethical and reflective practice and an orientation to learn with, from, and about other specialist areas through interprofessional communities of practice.


A teaching qualification or
entry at the discretion of the Dean of Education. RP: Experience working with children with special educational needs.

Recommended Preparation

Experience working with children with special educational needs.

Timetable Note

Compulsory block course 1 (Massey University, Albany campus): 13 February - 15 February 2019

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Laurie McLay

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties may result.

University of Canterbury students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course
and Examination Regulations and information is also available here -

E-Learning Tools

This programme uses Moodle as the online learning environment.

Please note that this learning environment is not hosted via the websites of either
University (Stream at MU or Learn at UC) but is an independent website designed
specifically for this programme and hosted by a 3rd party provider contracted by the

Students should submit assignments as outlined in the individual paper guidelines. Mostly, this will be able to be completed online. However in some circumstances paper copies may be required and submitted.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.) If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 0800 763 676 ext 6060.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,847.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All EDST601 Occurrences

  • EDST601-19X (D) General non-calendar-based 2019 (Distance)