Master of Teaching and Learning
The Master of Teaching and Learning is an initial teacher education (ITE) qualification. It is an exciting option for graduates seeking to become primary or secondary teachers and who wish to distinguish themselves from other ITE graduates.
This professional Master’s will equip participants with enhanced research-based knowledge and inquiry skills, experiences of contemporary educational theory and professional practice so they can become teachers with the expertise essential to schools in the 21st century. It is also an ideal pathway for those who have a particular interest in and commitment to supporting learning for diverse learners in mainstream schools, including Māori and Pasifika youth, students for whom English is a second language, and those who experience special learning needs.
The programme is aligned with Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand graduating teacher standards, and benefits from the 135-year tradition of quality teacher education and educational research conducted in the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora. UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Education and Training (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
Applicants for the MTchgLn programme need to demonstrate that they have:
- qualified for a degree in a disciplinary field appropriate to teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand, with either:
- a bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s degree with honours with a B Grade Point Average or better
- a master's degree with a B- Grade Point Average or better
- approval from the Dean of Education and Health Sciences of successful prior academic performance that demonstrates an ability for postgraduate-level study
- academic literacy and digital literacy/ICT competence at a standard sufficient to independently engage with postgraduate study and professional work contexts
- English language ability that meets the requirements set out by Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand
For the Primary endorsement, students will need sufficient numeracy and scientific literacy to support curriculum development and learning in primary contexts.
For the Secondary endorsement, students will need a body of knowledge from their previous studies in a subject relevant to the Aotearoa New Zealand secondary school curriculum eg, English, physics, geography, etc. Otherwise, their MTchgLn programme will include study approved by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences equivalent to 300-level in a teaching subject.
Students who completed their entry qualification overseas, and who intend to become registered teachers in Aotearoa, are advised that Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand will require an assessment of their qualification by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Teaching and Learning.
For information on gaining admission to UC teacher education programmes please see the Guide to Applying.
The MTchgLn has one intake each January. Selection for entry is based on:
- academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, communication skills, and other personal qualities as outlined in the Guide to Applying
- a police check, referees' reports, and an interview
- a short literacy and numeracy test.
How to apply
As places are limited we strongly recommend that you apply for programme entry as early as possible. Applications are open anytime, and close four weeks before the start of the programme in late January, or when places are filled (whichever comes first).
For more details on entry requirements and the teacher education application process see the Guide to Applying.
The MTchgLn delivery model is designed as a school-university community of practice. It is undertaken within a digitally enriched learning environment that reflects and supports modern learning pedagogies that are necessary for current and future professional practice in education.
The MTchgLn is an intensive, professional preparation programme comprised of 180 points, over one calendar year (January–December). It involves:
- Part I: 150 points of coursework based on your Primary or Secondary endorsement
- Part II: 30 points of core courses taken as a single cohort of MTchgLn students
Part I must be completed with a B Grade Point Average or better before moving onto Part II.
The period of enrolment for a full-time student is 1 year. Part-time enrolment is not permitted for this degree.
Learning on placement
Students will work in two different local partnership settings and schools that serve significant numbers of priority learners.
The first semester placement will be completed in a local primary or secondary school context, and consist of 1–2 days per week across the semester, as well as a three-week intensive experience where candidates will take leadership responsibility for teaching.
In the second semester students move to another local partnership school and complete a more intensive practice-based learning experience. This will include the 1–2 days per week, and seven weeks of increased responsibility for leading teaching and learning in a classroom.
The MTchgLn is made up of two parts that comprise a total of 180 points, involving core coursework and courses towards an endorsement. These new courses will be available from 2021.
Students complete the following course lists depending on their chosen endorsement.
Part I must be completed with a B Grade Point Average or better before moving onto Part II.
- TECP 423 Literacy and Mathematics for Primary School Teaching
- TECP 424 Teaching and Learning in, through and about Health and Physical Education and the Arts
- TECP 425 Exploring Science and Technology through Collaborative Design
- TECP 426 Learning Languages and Social Sciences in Diverse School and Community Settings
- TECS 433 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1: Teaching subject for junior secondary
- TECS 434 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2: Teaching subject for senior secondary
- TECS 435 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 3: Contemporary developments in secondary education
Secondary students will also need to meet requirements for one of the following teaching subjects, either through prior degree study, or through an additional programme of study in their MTchgLn that is approved by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences:
- Science (Physics, Biology, or Chemistry)
- Social Studies (History, Geography, or Classics)
- Te Reo Māori
All MTchgLn students complete the following:
- TEPI 615 Research for Teaching
Because the MTchgLn is an initial teacher education programme, these postgraduate programmes are the most relevant further study for a graduate:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education (with endorsement options in e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Literacy, and Teaching and Learning Languages)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
- Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Master of Education (with endorsement options in e-Learning and Digital Technologies in Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Hōaka Pounamu: Te Reo Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching, Inclusive and Special Education, Leadership, Literacy, and Teaching and Learning Languages)
- Master of Specialist Teaching
- Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Doctor of Education
- Doctor of Philosophy
Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand.
Teaching graduates are employed in teaching and management positions in a range of primary, intermediate, middle and area schools, and secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. Internationally recognised, many MTchgLn graduates also find work abroad.
Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility, and organisation are prized by many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics, and business.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Teaching and Learning.
For study planning help please contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800