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Master of Teaching and Learning

This is a teaching qualification and will lead to becoming a registered teacher

Become a qualified primary or secondary teacher with our Master of Teaching and Learning. Learn about contemporary and emerging trends in education and be informed by current research. Confidently challenge assumptions and practices in learning and teaching and use this to amplify the voices of all of your students.

This programme will develop your critical understanding of research-based pedagogical approaches, learning theory, inquiry skills and content knowledge to ensure you can effectively teach diverse learners in New Zealand schools.

You will also gain valuable practical experience with the professional support of Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education lecturers and Mentor Teachers. This programme will provide you with a total of 80 days in the classroom, in two different schools.

Papers examine teaching in the New Zealand context, evidence-based inquiry, teaching diverse learners, and curriculum design and implementation. Students complete eleven 500 level postgraduate papers (180 points). The Master of Teaching and Learning is an intensive course aimed at high achievers and requires a higher entry criteria than the Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

This is an approved Initial Teacher Education Programme that leads to registration and provisional certification as a teacher in New Zealand.

Please Note: This programme builds on the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching with one extra 30 point paper.

Programme highlights

  • Individual and small group mentoring
  • Identifies your personal strengths
  • Designed to equip you with the expertise to meet the needs of all learners
  • Graduates achieve high-level skills and a stronger capacity for leadership roles in the future
  • The reward for completing this more intensive programme is a higher entry point salary on entering the teaching profession

Key information

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor's degree with a B/B+ average

Years: 1
Points: 180
Start Dates: January (H Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $10,932 Per programme (150 points)
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Estimated Fees* (International): $53,860 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*Tuition fees shown 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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Career opportunities

  • Corporate Trainer
  • Education Policy Analyst
  • Learning Consultant
  • Primary, Intermediate or Secondary School Teacher
  • Recruitment Adviser
  • Social Services
  • School Counsellor

Teacher Education applications open from 1 July every year. Please apply early as all applicants are subject to an interview and selection process. Selection of applicants is based on academic background, communication skills, personal qualities, background experiences, and a literacy and numeracy assessment. As well as meeting the selection criteria, you will need to meet the admission requirements for the University.

To be eligible to gain entry into this programme, candidates must hold a Bachelors Degree at level 7 on the NZ Qualifications Framework or a recognised equivalent.

If you are applying to study the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary), in addition to the qualification requirements, candidates seeking to enter a secondary programme must have sufficient depth and breadth of a relevant subject or curriculum knowledge from Levels 5 to 7, or higher, in their entry qualification that is relevant for teaching a particular secondary school subject. When you apply for the programme you will need to submit your degree transcript(s). The programme leader/coordinator will discuss and advise the appropriate programme once you reach the interview stage.

Contact us for more information.

Tips for applying

Study in Tauranga

The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching is available in Tauranga, subject to sufficient numbers.

Te Kura Toi Tangata Secondary School Future Teacher Bursary

Study secondary teaching with the Division of Education at the University of Waikato and be considered for our new bursary, designed to assist secondary school student teachers in their studies. Recipients receive a $1,000 contribution towards their fees. Students are nominated at the time of interview. A student’s grade point average is also considered. If you are eligible for this bursary and would like to be considered, please read more and get in touch with our team at [email protected] to voice your interest.

TeachNZ scholarships

TeachNZ also have a wide range of scholarships available throughout the year - learn more about these.

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO (924 528) or 07 838 4176

International: +64 7 807 9275

Email: [email protected]

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Phone: +64 7 807 9275
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