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)|
|Domestic Fees||$7,044-$7,588 per 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.
Transfers from PGDips and Hons programmes in Education on to 180-point masters are possible prior to formal completion of the PGDips and Hons, qualifications subject to meeting eligibility requirements.
120 point Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies available subject to meeting eligibility requirements.
Students are required to complete 180 points and there are three options regarding how study can be planned.
PCSS502 Kaupapa Maori Research
And at least one from:
HDCO502 Educational 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
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.
Postgraduate Diploma in Disability and Inclusion Studies HDCO521 and three papers from MDInS optional papers list.
Postgraduate Certificate in Disability and Inclusion Studies two papers from HDCO521 or MDInS optional papers list.