Postgraduate Programmes - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Postgraduate Programmes & Professional Development

The College of Education, Health and Human Development offers a number of online-based postgraduate courses, ideal for practicing teachers looking to upgrade or extend their existing qualifications and for other graduate professionals with an interest in education or health. These programmes are offered on campus or by distance study (Flexible Learning Option).

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Programmes

The College of Education, Health and Human Development offers a number of programmes for those wishing to continue their studies.

Graduate options:

Postgraduate Certificates

Postgraduate Diplomas

Master Degrees

Doctoral study

Other options

  • UC Education Plus - The primary role of UC Education Plus is to provide quality professional learning and development to educators working in schools and early childhood settings within our regions.

Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching is a six month full time or up to four years part time qualification. It is offered as an on-line, flexible learning option enabling students to fit Sport Coaching studies around their busy professional and personal lives. The GradCertSpC will provide practicing coaches and those employed in the sports industry the opportunity to develop their professional coaching skills. The GradCertSpC is also available to students who are not currently employed in the industry, but wish to develop skills and competencies to gain employment in Performance Sports Coaching contexts.

For more information download the GradCertSpC brochure (PDF, 95KB).

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Education)

The Honours programme is designed for students who want a further year of specialised study in Education and Human Development after they have completed their general BA degree. It allows students to develop their research skills in preparation for embarking on thesis work within the MA or PhD degrees. 

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours

The BTchLn(Hons) is a one-year full-time qualification for BTchLn (or equivalent) graduates with a B grade average in their 200 and 300-level courses. The BTchLn(Hons) develops knowledge and research skills to equip you for further study and improve your classroom/centre practice, provides you with the opportunity to focus on educational issues or curriculum areas in which you have special interests and makes you more competitive in the job market.

For more information download the BTchLn (Hons) brochure (PDF, 117KB).

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

The PGCertEd is designed to give teachers, counsellors and other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education. The certificate can be a pathway to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education and the Master of Education.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences

UC's Health Sciences qualifications give health professionals, non-clinical members of the health workforce and others interested in the health sector or health issues the opportunity to examine critically a range of significant issues in health sciences, and where relevant to improve their professional practice. Many graduates continue to work within their health profession while others work in health-related fields, the social services, or local or central government. The PGCertHealSc is designed to provide an introduction to the health science sector. The certificate can stand on its own or can be a pathway to the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences and Master of Health Sciences.

Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care

The PGCertPC develops health practitioner’s skills in palliative care and introduces palliative care as a research field. Students gain the knowledge and understanding needed to provide a holistic approach to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the needs of patients, family and whanau living with a life-limiting condition.

Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching

The PGCertSpecTchg certificate provides students with a strong appreciation of specialist teaching as an interdisciplinary field of practice and the ability to apply their specialist teaching knowledge and skills in diverse cultural context. It comprises one compulsory course and one course focusing on either deaf and hard of hearing, early intervention or learning and behaviour.

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PGCertTESOL)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PGCertTESOL) is an ideal fast-track qualification for those who may have come to the career of English language education through an indirect route and wish to undertake professional development or for graduates interested in entering the TESOL profession. It is also an ideal pathway to further postgraduate study in this discipline. The programme is composed of two courses:

This programme is taught entirely online, so is an ideal fit for people who are currently working or are based overseas. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching

The courses in the PGCertTertTchg look beyond the focus of a specific department or knowledge area and consider academic practices from various disciplines. Throughout this programme, a process of shared inquiry and collaborative learning is used to explore participants’ teaching practices and their students’ understanding of learning.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching is designed to enable graduates to apply knowledge of research to teaching and learning, develop and justify a repertoire of teaching approaches and assessment practices, and evaluate and advance their teaching practices.

Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology

The PGDipChFamPsyc is designed for students who wish to become registered psychologists and practice as child and family psychologists. It is offered as an internship year to students who already hold a (MEd) in Child and Family Psychology. It leads to registration as a psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists’ Board.

Child and Family Psychology have their own website.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education

The PGDipEd is designed to give teachers, counsellors and other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their professional practice and examine critically significant issues in education. It generally consists of four courses totalling 120 points. Each specialist endorsement has different compulsory and optional courses:

An unendorsed pathway is also available.

Many students of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education make the choice to complete an additional two courses to be awarded the Master of Education. Some PGDipEd courses are exclusively available by Flexible Learning Options.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

The PGDipHealSc is aimed at people who are currently employed in, or seeking employment in, a health-related field, the social services, or local or central government. An inter-disciplinary programme, students will complete a programme of advanced study in the Health Sciences choosing from courses in over twenty disciplines, with the option of a particular focus in environment and health, early intervention, health behaviour change or health information management.

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. Five specialist endorsements will be offered - Early Intervention; Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Learning and Behaviour; Complex Educational Needs; Autism Spectrum Disorder; and Blind and Vision Impaired.

The PGDipSpTch employs a range of distance and blended delivery options that provide flexible learning options for all students regardless of location.

Master of Arts in Education

The MA in Education consists of four courses and a thesis. It is designed to give students the opportunity to develop and extend their research skills to address questions of interest in education. 

Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning

This 180-point Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (MCALL) prepares language teachers to make optimal, research-informed use of technology in their classrooms, and paves the way for further development. Students anywhere in the world can study this online programme either fulltime or part time. In just 12 months of fulltime study (part-time options are available) graduates can gain a level 9 Master degree at the University of Canterbury. MCALL students will learn about the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching and critically evaluate the body of research that has investigated this important shift in the way we can learn, teach and use languages.

Graduates of the programme will have the knowledge and skills they require to be able to judiciously introduce technology-enhanced learning of languages in a variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary. As education settings and the wider community gain unprecedented access to connectivity and technology, the challenge is the increased need for educators who are able to use the technology for learning. There is a demand from educators in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in NZ and worldwide for knowledge about and skills in the use of technology.

For more information visit the MCall website or download the MCALL brochure (PDF, 128KB).

Master of Education

The MEd degree is designed to give teachers, counsellors or other educational professionals the opportunity to improve their professional practice, examine critically significant issues in education and/or undertake research in their fields of interest.

The MEd has seven specialist endorsements:

An unendorsed pathway is also available.

The MEd can be completed either by coursework or a combination of courses and thesis:

  • The coursework option generally consists of six courses totalling 180 points.
  • The thesis option generally consists of two courses in the endorsed area, two further research methods course and a 90 point thesis (EDEM690) in the area of your endorsement, totalling 180 points. 
    Masters Thesis Students should refer to the College of Education, Health and Human Development Masters Thesis Enrolment Process.
  • A 240 point pathway for the MEd is available for those interested in a longer thesis.

For more information and initial endorsement inquiries email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz or phone +64 3 369 3333 to make an appointment.

Master of Counselling 

The Master of Counselling is a degree comprising five postgraduate papers and a three paper professional research portfolio or thesis. A solution-focused model of counselling forms the basis of the Master of Counselling at UC. You will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of solution-focused counselling; social constructionism and become skilled in using appropriate solution-focused thinking and techniques.

Graduates of the Master of Counselling may work as school counsellors, family therapists, health counsellors, career counsellors, tertiary counsellors, consultants, managers and counsellor educators.  They work in community agencies, private practice, medical centres and schools.

Master of Health Sciences

The MHealSc is aimed at people who are currently employed in, or seeking employment in, a health-related field, the social services, or local or central government. An inter-disciplinary programme, students will complete a programme of advanced study in the Health Sciences choosing from courses in over twenty disciplines, with the option of a particular focus in environment and health, early intervention, health behaviour change or health information management.

Masters Thesis Students should refer to the College of Education, Health and Human Development Masters Thesis Enrolment Process.

Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice

The MHealScProfPr is a 180-point, professionally focused, coursework-based master's degree. This degree will appeal to those already employed in the health sector or those wishing to enter health-related employment, with students examining a range of significant issues in health sciences, and looking to improve their professional practice as a result. Students will be asked to critically reflect, to link theory to policy and practice in their own work contexts, and to develop strategies and skills that will help them to identify improvements to their own health practices.

Students may either follow a general programme, or focus on a specialisation and receive their qualification endorsed in Environment and Health, Health Behaviour Change, Health and Community, Health Information Management, Nursing or Palliative Care. These endorsements allow professionals to gain a highly specialised, discipline-specific knowledge related to their work or area of interest. 

Details about endorsements and courses can be found on the Health Sciences Postgraduate page.

Master of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Nursing initiative

The Master of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Nursing joint initiative between the University of Canterbury (UC) and Ara gives the opportunity for students who already hold a degree relevant to health sciences to gain two further qualifications in just two and a half years. Students will be fulltime UC Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) and part-time Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students for the first two years after which they will be fulltime Ara students for the remaining part of the programme. Students will be eligible to attend graduation ceremonies with both institutions. This initiative will be of interest to anyone who wishes to become a nurse. Students are normally required to have a recognised degree which is considered relevant to health sciences and the proposed course of study or an appropriate health or allied professional qualification requiring at least three years equivalent full-time tertiary study at an appropriate level.  

For more information download the Master of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Nursing brochure (PDF, 249KB)

MA in Child and Family Psychology
MSc in Child and Family Psychology

The MA or MSc in Child and Family Psychology (or an approved MEd) are postgraduate degrees which can be completed alone or in combination with the limited entry Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology (PGDipChFamPsyc). The limited entry PGDipChFamPsyc can be started after the first year of the masters is completed and has been designed for students who wish to become registered psychologists working with children, adolescents and families.

Child and Family Psychology have their own website.

Masters Thesis Students should also refer to the College of Education, Health and Human Development Masters Thesis Enrolment Process.

Master of Specialist Teaching degree

The Master of Specialist Teaching programme provides the opportunity for students to focus their postgraduate studies on specialist teaching. This 180 point 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 Hard of Hearing, Early Intervention or Learning and Behaviour.

Master of Teaching and Learning

The Master of Teaching and Learning is innovative new programme which combines research-informed professional knowledge, evidence-based inquiry and embedded practicebased experiences in schools and early childhood settings. It has a particular focus on knowledge and practice that supports Māori and diverse learners, including Pasifika youth and children, students for whom English is a second language, students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds and those who experience special learning needs.

Pre-service teachers in the MTchgLn programme will work in two different local partnership schools that serve significant numbers of priority learners. The first semester placement will be completed in a local early childhood, primary or secondary context and consist of 1–2 days per week across the semester, as well as a 2–3 week intensive experience where candidates will take leadership responsibility for teaching. In the second semester the pre-service educator will move to another local partnership school or early childhood setting and complete a more intensive practice-based learning experience. This will include the 1–2 days per week, and 7 weeks of increased responsibility for leading teaching and learning in a classroom.

The delivery model is designed as an early childhood setting/school and 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.

Three endorsements are available:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Primary
  • Secondary

Students who successfully complete the programme may be eligible for provisional registration as a teacher.

The Journal of Initial Teacher Inquiry showcases 2015 MTchgLn students developing contexts. The twenty three research articles relate to a mix of both primary and secondary school-based contexts.

Download a 2016 brochure on the MTchgLn (PDF, 262KB).

Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL)

The Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) is a one-year professional qualification aimed at producing skilful English language educators for a wide variety of educational settings in the 21st century, from early childhood through to tertiary level. With its future focus, this master's programme will give students the skills, knowledge and capabilities to be adaptable in the face of future English language developments, as well as technological and pedagogical advances.  

This programme is ideal for:

  • New Zealand English language educators, or those who wish to specialise in English language education to emergent bilingual speakers of other languages in New Zealand
  • graduates of New Zealand universities who may currently teach or plan to teach English in other countries
  • teachers of English throughout the world who want or need to develop their language teaching.

This programme is available to study by distance, with teaching and learning conducted online. 

Read an article on the MTESOL programme.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a specialised doctorate designed for professionals in education, health sciences, and related fields. Built on a cohort model of inquiry, the EdD provides a structured, supportive, rigorous approach to doctoral study. The EdD builds leadership and commitment, fosters scholarly excellence, and allows candidates to connect educational research with questions of professional practice.

The EdD is a 360 point programme. It consists of two parts: Part One – Research Portfolio (120 points) and Part Two – Thesis (240 points). Part One is completed by part-time study in Years 1 and 2. It requires candidates to be in a relevant professional role while undertaking their studies. Part One is led by a cohort team (usually comprising two senior academics), who oversee the completion of the key projects in the research portfolio. Candidates meet as a group with the cohort team three to four times per year, in intensive block sessions. While completing Part One, candidates also maintain contact with their supervisor(s).

For more information download the Doctor of Education brochure (PDF, 406KB).

Doctor of Philosophy in Education 

A PhD in Education is a recognition that you have delved deeply into a specific education issue or field of enquiry and that you have become an expert in that field. You will have acquired the skills to continue to do leading research and in most cases you will have published one or more refereed articles.

Our PhD in Education programme is strong and growing. Our students are able to choose supervisors who are at the cutting edge of their fields of research and scholarship. Currently we have students engaged in research in a wide range of educational fields and working with a diverse range of methodological approaches. As a result the integration of teacher education into the University environment we have welcomed professional educators who are interested in practice-based doctoral research.

We have a postgraduate centre that provides a strong academic support base, a stimulating learning environment, dedicated research offices, a community of scholarship, and regular interactive seminars. We have the capacity to develop collegial teams of students and supervisors in particular fields of interest, such as practice-based research within schools and early childhood centres.

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

The PhD in Health Sciences is offered by thesis, not coursework, and the topic is negotiated/agreed with the supervisor. The supervisory team supporting the candidate's research project may be drawn from a range of health related disciplines and local and overseas institutions. Areas of special interest can be seen at the School of Health Sciences website and include health systems, health care delivery, prevention and early intervention, health information management, health behaviour change, indigenous health issues, family nursing etc.

In undertaking a PhD in Health Sciences you would expect to provide a critical analysis and argument of the topic under investigation and make a contribution to knowledge through originality, creativity and a comprehensive and scholarly approach. PhD students would normally have at least two supervisors, share an office, have a PC and access to printer and tea/coffee making facilities.

More Information

More information regarding undertaking a PhD at UC can be found at the PhD Student site. Enrolment details for domestic and international students is at Postgraduate Student Enrolment.

More information about Postgraduate programmes and their courses is available in the PostGraduate Prospectus which can be obtained by emailing education@canterbury.ac.nz or phoning 0800 VARSITY (827 748)