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Master of Specialist Teaching

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Specialist Teaching is 180 credits. This means you can complete this qualification in three years of part-time study.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
3 years part-time

About this course

The Master of Specialist Teaching is 180 credits. This means you can complete this qualification in three years of part-time study.

Entry requirements

This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Master of Specialist Teaching you will have:

  • been awarded or qualified for a completed degree from a New Zealand university with a minimum B grade average across the 300-level courses (or equivalent), and
  • a relevant professional qualification, and
  • at least two years relevant professional experience, or
  • been awarded or qualified for a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (or equivalent) with a minimum B average.

You will also provide the following documents as part of the selection process:

  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
  • copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years)
  • verified copy of your current practising certificate issued by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (if a registered teacher with a current full practising certificate)
  • a summary of any short or long-term disability including learning disability or heath issue that may affect your study.

If you are not a registered teacher or you are a registered teacher without a current full practising certificate, you will also need to supply:

  • a completed NZ Police Request and Consent form, along with two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic) from the list of acceptable forms of identification
  • a copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more 12 months in the last 10 years. Please do not supply originals as these will need to be supplied to the Education Council at a later date.

If you have been previously selected for and enrolled in a Specialist Teaching programme at Massey University you will apply online but will not go through the selection process.

Career pathways

Inclusive education is fast becoming the preferred model of education worldwide. A Master in Specialist Teaching can lead to a range of career opportunities in New Zealand and further afield. Your skills will be in demand.

After graduating you may find work or enhance your careers in many educational areas such as:

  • specialist resource teachers such as resource teacher: learning and behaviour; and resource teacher: blind and low vision
  • education advisors such as a special education advisors
  • special education needs coordinators
  • academic and professional development positions
  • behaviour support workers
  • special education teachers.

Credit for prior study or work

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

  • review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
  • contact us through the Enquire button on this page.