New Master of Specialist Teaching degree available in 2015 - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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New Master of Specialist Teaching degree available in 2015

New Master of Specialist Teaching degree available in 2015

From next year postgraduate students interested in focusing their studies on specialist teaching will be able to continue to master’s level. The new Master of Specialist Teaching (MSpecTchg) degree is an extension of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (PGDipSpTch) and further evidence of the College of Education, Health and Human Development’s commitment to this area of education.

Educational Studies and Leadership Head of School, Professor Missy Morton notes that this new 180 point degree will be of interest not only to students nearing completion of the PGDipSpTch but to any educator with an interest in specialising in such areas as early intervention, deaf and hard of hearing, complex educational needs, or learning and behaviour.

“This is a really exciting programme. Graduates of the masters degree will have an extremely detailed and insightful knowledge of their chosen area of specialist teaching. They will have learnt this knowledge through leading academics in the field. Better yet, they can complete the programme while working. It’s a great opportunity for aspirational teachers.”

The MSpecTchg consists of two parts. In Part I students’ complete one compulsory core theory and foundations course (30 points), and three compulsory courses (90 points) from one of the endorsement schedules. Each endorsement includes one specialist theory and foundations course, one professional practice course (including practical assignments) and one extended practicum course including experience in specialty practice settings. At the conclusion of Part l students can graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching.

On satisfactory completion of Part I with a B grade average or higher, students will be eligible to progress to Part II.  Part II consists of two 30 point courses; either EDEM637 Distributing Leadership for Learning or EDEM638 Curriculum Leadership (both at Level 9), and one optional 30 point course. The degree will be endorsed in the area of specialism and Part ll can be completed by distance study.

“The best part about this is that those last courses can be done totally by distance study,” said Prof Morton.  “We have students completing the PGDipSpTch programme from all over the country, and there is a block course requirement for those students. But after completing that students can complete the last 60 points of the masters totally from home.”

Students also have the choice of more indepth research in their endorsement area by completing a thesis. This option is available by enroling in the Master of Education (Inclusive and Special Education). The MEd(Inc&SpeEd) degree is a further 120 points and is also available by distance.

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