Master of Teaching and Learning - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Master of Teaching and LearningUC offers a new one-year teaching Master’s degree for 2015

Canterbury University is now enrolling students for 2016 in its new Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) degree. The degree offers places for those interested in teaching at either early childhood, primary or secondary levels.

According to Professor Letitia Fickel, Head of the School of Teacher Education, 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 of this programme will complete a 180 point Master’s degree within one calendar year (mid January to mid December) of fulltime, on-campus study with weekly time in schools or early childhood centres engaging in practice-based learning. On the successful completion of the programme, graduates can expect to be granted provisional teacher registration with New Zealand Teachers Council, which means they can take up teaching positions in New Zealand. Master’s degree graduates will also begin teaching at a higher starting salary rate than those with an undergraduate degree or graduate diploma qualification.

“A key focus of the MTchgLn programme is  on the support of diverse learners, including Māori and Pasifika youth, English language learners,  students from low-socioeconomic 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,” said Prof 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.”

Nick Maitland, the Marketing Coordinator notes that to be eligible for this programme, all students will have graduated with a degree, normally with a B+ average or better in a disciplinary field appropriate to teaching. In addition, if students plan to be secondary teachers, they will need to have 300 level courses in teaching subject appropriate to the secondary school curriculum. Other criteria are examined during the application process, which includes consideration of referees’ reports and a police check. International students will require 7.5 on IELTS, with no component score lower than 7.5.

More Information

Download the Master of Teaching and Learning information booklet (PDF, 262KB) or contact a UC Education Student Advisor: or phone 03 343 9606.