Specialist Teaching

Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching

The University of Canterbury in partnership with Massey University now offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching. This qualification adopts an inquiry-based interprofessional learning model. It employs a range of distance and blended delivery options that provide a range of flexible learning options for all students regardless of location. Students are provided with learning pathways in to and out of postgraduate qualifications. Communities of interprofessional practice both within and beyond Aotearoa/New Zealand will be developed.

Postgraduate and Professional Development Applications provides information about the enrolment process.

Courses

Students enrolled in the programme will complete four compulsory courses. These consist of a core theory and foundations course (30 points); a specialist theory and foundations paper (30 points); a specialist practicum paper; and a specialist professional practice paper.

All specialist qualifications will involve face-to-face teaching in block courses, with all specialisms meeting over the same dates at the same location, as well as distance teaching and communication.

For 2014:

Onsite Block Course One : Massey University, Albany Campus, Auckland

Year 1

Year 2

MON 10 Feb (9am – 5pm)

Practicum course

TUES 11 Feb (9am – 5pm)

EBIP course

WED 12 Feb (9am – 5pm)

Core course

EBIP course
(Workshops)

THURS 13 Feb (9am – 5pm)

Core course (am)
Specialist (pm)

FRI 14 Feb (9am – 5pm)

Specialist course

 

Onsite Block Course Two : University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Year 1

Year 2

MON 25 Aug (9am - 5pm)

Specialist course

TUES 26 Aug (9am - 5pm)

Specialist course (am)
Core (pm)

WED 27 Aug (9am - 5pm)

Core course

EBIP course
(Workshops)

THURS 28 Aug (9am - 5pm)

 

EBIP course

FRI 29 Aug (9am - 5pm)

Practicum

Specialist Endorsements

Early Intervention

Early intervention is an exciting field, providing opportunities to support families and early childhood educators so that infants and young children can make early gains toward reaching their potential. Children in early intervention range in age from birth to 5 years, and have special learning, development and behavioural needs. Families and early childhood centres may need support to help the children learn and develop their competencies prior to school entry. There has been enormous growth in research identifying powerful strategies that early interventionists can use to make meaningful differences for families and children. A graduate of this programme will acquire knowledge and practical skills to help families and early childhood educators to support children, as well as develop strategies for ongoing professional development.

  • EDST601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
  • EDST631 Theory and Foundations of Early Intervention
  • EDST632 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Early Intervention
  • EDST633 Practicum in Early Intervention

Early intervention brochure (PDF, 139KB)

Early Intervention Coordinator Dr Anne van Bysterveldt (University of Canterbury)

For more information email specialistteaching@canterbury.ac.nz (University of Canterbury)

Study in Early Intervention is also available through a postgraduate Health Sciences pathway

Deaf and Hearing Impairment

Deaf education is an exciting field, providing opportunities to support Deaf students or students with a hearing impairment to ensure they achieve academic success. Children and young people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment often have unique learning needs. Families, whānau, teachers and schools may need support to provide the best learning environments for these students. There has been enormous growth in research identifying powerful strategies and techniques that can support the learning and development of students who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment. A graduate of this programme will acquire this knowledge and practice skills, as well as develop strategies for ongoing professional development.

  • EDST601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
  • EDST621 Theory and Foundations of Deaf and Hearing Impairment
  • EDST622 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Deaf and Hearing Impairment
  • EDST623 Practicum in Deaf and Hearing Impairment

Deaf education brochure (PDF, 135KB)

Deaf and Hearing Impairment Coordinator Dr Denise Powell (University of Canterbury)

For more information email specialistteaching@canterbury.ac.nz (University of Canterbury)

Learning and Behaviour

The field of learning and behaviour is an exciting area, providing opportunities to support students who experience learning and behaviour difficulties in educational settings to ensure they reach their potential.  Students who experience learning and behaviour difficulties often have unique learning and social needs.  Families, whānau, teachers and schools may need support to provide the best learning environments for these students. There has been enormous growth in research identifying powerful strategies and techniques that can support the learning and development of students. A graduate of this programme will acquire this knowledge and practice skills, as well as develop strategies for ongoing professional development.

  • EDST601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
  • EDST641 Theory and Foundations of Learning and Behaviour Diversity
  • EDST642 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Learning and Behaviour Diversity
  • EDST643 Practicum in Learning and Behaviour Diversity

Learning and Behaviour brochure (PDF, 138KB)

Learning and Behaviour Coordinators Professor Garry Hornby (University of Canterbury) and Wendy Holley-Boen (Massey University).

For more information email specialistteaching@canterbury.ac.nz (University of Canterbury)

Complex Educational Needs

The field of complex educational needs is part of an exciting new development in postgraduate specialist teaching developed by leading educators and researchers from Massey University and the University of Canterbury. It is one of the programmes designed to develop core and specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the field of complex needs within the context of interprofessional practice.
The Year One Specialist course focuses on presence, participation and achievements for students with complex needs. It covers personal, historical, theoretical and rights-based perspectives on complex educational needs; families/whanau and wellbeing; teaching and learning within the New Zealand curriculum; assessment and planning; language and communication; and movement and access.
In Year Two the evidence-based practice course looks in more depth at responsive approaches to teaching and learning, and working collaboratively. The practicum course provides the opportunity to work with children who have complex educational needs.

  • EDST601 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching
  • EDST651 Theory and Foundations of Complex Educational Needs
  • EDST652 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Complex Educational Needs
  • EDST653 Practicum in Complex Educational Needs

Complex Educational Needs Coordinators Dr Laurie McLay (University of Canterbury) and Dr Jude MacArthur (Massey University)

For more information email specialistteaching@canterbury.ac.nz (University of Canterbury)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (offered by Massey University)

For more information contact Associate Professor Jill Bevan-Brown (Massey University)

Blind and Vision Impaired (offered by Massey University)

For more information contact Julia Budd (Massey University)

Gifted (offered by Massey University)

For more information contact Tracy Riley (Massey University)

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this programme will develop the skills and capacities to:

  • provide expert educational support to staff and students in early childhood, core and specialist education areas
  • provide expert support for families and whānau with infants and young children who have diverse needs (Early Intervention)
  • engage in and work collaboratively across disciplines with colleagues as part of a wider community of interprofessional practice
  • make use of technologies and online communication and evaluation practices to critically reflect on and document their own practices and the needs and requirements of children, students, families, whanau and communities to improve outcomes for children and families.
  • provide a service that is culturally appropriate to the staff, children, students and family/ whanau they work with both in respect to content and the delivery.

Graduates will be able to:

  • understand the elements of interdisciplinary practice and work effectively in an interdisciplinary environment;
  • exhibit cultural responsibility;
  • work in partnership with family/whānau;
  • assess learning differences and strengths;
  • apply solution-focused approaches to individual programme planning;
  • demonstrate the qualities of a reflective practitioner.

Master of Specialist Teaching degree*

Are you nearing completion of the PGDipSpTch? With an additional
60 points of study you could graduate with a master’s degree!

The MSpecTchg programme provides the opportunity for students to continue their postgraduate studies with a focus on specialist teaching. This programme is relevant for educators working with children and learners who have special educational needs in early childhood, primary and secondary sectors.

If you have a PGDipSpTch - to graduate with a master's degree you will need to complete an additional 60 points of study including one of either EDEM637 or EDEM638, and one optional 30 point course.

The degree will be awarded unendorsed or endorsed in one of the following endorsement areas: Complex Educational Needs, Deaf and Hearing Impairment, Early Intervention or Learning and Behaviour.

*Subject to CUAP approval

For more information download the Master of Specialist Teaching brochure (PDF, 509KB)

To apply download the Postgraduate and Professional Development Programme Application for 2015 (PDF, 655KB)

Interested in Ministry of Education study awards?

Ministry of Education study awards are available to support travel expenses and release time.

More Information

Programme Coordinators

University of Canterbury

Massey University

For general enquiries contact:

University of Canterbury

Postgraduate and Professional Development Handbook

More information about Postgraduate programmes is available on the Postgraduate and Professional Development webpage or by emailing education@canterbury.ac.nz or phoning 0800 VARSITY (827 748)