UC offers new one-year teaching master's degree

08 December 2014

The University of Canterbury (UC) is now enrolling students in its new Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) degree.

The University of Canterbury (UC) is now enrolling students in its new Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) degree.

The degree, starting in 2015, offers places for those interested in teaching at either primary or secondary levels.

Professor Letitia Fickel, Head of the School of Teacher Education, says the degree offers graduates an additional pathway into a teaching career.

“This new programme is a really exciting initiative. The Ministry of Education has granted the University of Canterbury permission to be one of only a few institutions to develop a one-year master’s programme. It is an endorsement of our excellent reputation in teacher education and the innovative nature of what we are offering. It will offer degree holders the opportunity to gain both a master’s degree and provisional teacher’s registration in one calendar year.”

Students will complete a 180-point master’s degree in one year. The programme is fulltime and includes on-campus study with weekly time in schools engaging in practice-based learning.

On the successful completion of the programme, graduates can expect to be granted provisional teacher registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council, which means they can take up teaching positions in New Zealand schools.

“A key focus of the programme is on the support of diverse learners, including Māori and Pasifika youth, English language learners, students from low socio-economic backgrounds and students who experience special learning needs. It is crucial that graduating teachers are able to adapt to a variety of educational needs and contexts,” says Professor Fickel.

“That’s our vision for the graduates of the MTchgLn programme. The cornerstone of this programme is to prepare highly engaged, resilient, flexible and well-informed beginning teachers who are able to adapt their practice to serve the needs of all students and their communities.”

More information about the degree programme and entry criteria can be found here, or contact a UC Education student advisor by emailing education@canterbury.ac.nz.


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