This programme is known for its grounding in a social justice model of inclusive community and educational practice and is relevant for a variety of professionals working in community organisations and schools, and those concerned with disability advocacy and rights.
Studying the Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies (MDInS) you'll gain a stronger understanding of social life and the differences between us, and challenge current approaches used in the education sector and beyond.
The programmes takes on an interdisciplinary approach which draws from education, psychology and social science.
As a graduate, you'll demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of concepts, issues and debates in the area of disability studies, particularly in your own research. Thinking critically and creatively, you will evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the field of disability studies and work proactively to develop professional relationships with others in the field.
This has been an active programme at Waikato for the past 20 years (previously known as "Special Education", changed to current name in 2011).
Complete coursework at a pace that suits you – part-time while you work, or full-time over 18 months.
The Faculty of Education offers a postgraduate study award to associate teachers in recognition of their work in supporting the Faculty’s initial teacher education programmes and students. More information on Associate Teacher Postgraduate Study Award
- Community Leader
- Policy Analyst
|Faculty||Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education|
|Start Dates||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
$7,044-$7,588 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
|International Fees||$27,825 per year|
|Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
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Admission and enrolment
Admission normally requires a bachelors degree with at least B average in the third year and a teaching qualification plus experience as a teacher, or a Bachelor of Social Science with a B average in the third year and experience as a practitioner in the disability field.
Please include in your online application a 100-300 word statement describing your professional background and reasons for choosing this qualification.
120 point Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies available subject to meeting eligibility requirements.
Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Faculty Administrator - Postgraduate Tracey Rowan
Phone: (+64) 7 838 4466 Ext: 7721
Dr Carol Hamilton
Phone:(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 8578
Faculty Co-ordinator- Postgraduate Studies (Tauranga) - Dr Nigel Calder
Phone: (+64) 7 577 8753
Students are required to complete 180 points and there are three options regarding how study can be planned.
Choose one from:
- DSOE557 Research Methods
- MAOED500 Rangahau Kaupapa Māori - Kaupapa Māori Research
- EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and critical theories
And one from:
- TOED590 Directed Study - see Directed Study Guidelines and application form
- TOED592 Dissertation - see Dissertation Guidelines and application form
- TOED593 Masters Thesis - see Masters Thesis Guidelines and application form
- TOED594 Masters Thesis - see Masters Thesis Guidelines and application form
- HDCO502 Educational and Life Transitions: Changing Roles and Changing Contexts
- HDCO504 Difference and Diversity in Human Development
- HDCO524 Intelligence, Creativity and the Development of Talent
- HDCO540 Working with Groups
- HDCO546 Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches
- HDCO565 Restorative Practices in Education not offered in 2018
- PROF513 Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs
- PROF523 The Development of Kotahitanga.
Other papers can be substituted with approval. These may include 15 and 30 point papers from other discipline areas such as Psychology, Sociology/Social Policy, Cultural Geography and Women's Studies. The MDInS Programme Advisor will assist you in developing your programme of study.
30 points may be taken from outside the field of the degree.
Further Education papers can be viewed at:
Postgraduate Diploma in Disability and Inclusion Studies (120 points) HDCO521 plus 90 points including at least 60 points from the Optional papers listed above.