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Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching gives you advanced theoretical and research-based study of specialist teaching.

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Degree Type
Graduate Diploma

About this course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching gives you advanced theoretical and research-based study of specialist teaching.

This programme adopts an enquiry-based inter-professional education approach using a range of blended learning options for all students regardless of location.

The specialist endorsement areas are:

  • Learning and Behaviour
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (closing to new enrolments from 2021, subject to CUAP approval)
  • Blind and Low Vision
  • Complex Educational Needs
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Deaf and Hearing Impairment
  • Early Intervention

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching has four compulsory courses: core theory and foundations; specialist theory and foundations; evidence-based practice; and a practicum. The inter-professional approach allows specialist teachers in inclusive education to learn with, from and about each other within a community of practice.

Massey is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching are detailed in the regulations. All new applicants to a Specialist Teaching programme at Massey University must make an online Selected Entry application and be selected onto the programme. Students previously selected for and enrolled in a Specialist Teaching programme at Massey University will apply online but will not go through the selection process.

The closing date for applications is 10 December.

If you have applied for a MOE study award and/or hold an RTLB position, you should be applying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Learning and Behaviour).

If you want to start studying in Semester 2 and you intend to complete the Gifted and Talented endorsement, only the course 262.751 Theory and Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education is available. Applications are due by 10 June.

Entry requirements:

  • a relevant professional qualification and
  • sufficient professional experience and
  • completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent or
    provided evidence of sufficient practical/professional experience in an area relevant to the diploma.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (including education and employment for at least the last five years). Further details of this requirement can be found below.
  • a 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)

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 Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand at a later date.

If you do not hold a current New Zealand Professional Registration you will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme.

If your first language is not English and you have not gained a New Zealand university entrance qualification, or an overseas entrance qualification in a country where the main language is English, you will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English in the form of an academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 (or the equivalent TOEFL score) or other evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.

IELTS EXEMPTION: A teacher who has registered with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and holds a current Practising Certificate, will be exempted from meeting this English language requirement. For more information, see: teachingcouncil.nz

If you have any short or long-term disability including learning disability or heath issue that may affect your study, please upload a summary in your application. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the University staff processing your application.

Curriculum vitae: Please provide a full CV including details of your educational and professional qualifications, employment history with dates and descriptions of roles and responsibilities, membership of associations/organisations, and a list of professional publications and research reports.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

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