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Master of Teaching and Learning

The Master of Teaching and Learning is subject to CUAP approval.

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 80 days in total 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 six 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. An advantage of this course is a higher starting salary upon starting your teaching career.

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.

Salary advantage

Gaining a Master of Teaching and Learning will put you at salary step Q5E for primary teaching and G5E for secondary teaching.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor's degree with a B/B+ average

Years: 1
Points: 180
MTchgLn Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: January
Fees (Domestic): $11,564
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Fees (International): $47,425 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*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 Worker
  • School Counsellor

Teacher Education applications open from 1 July every year. Please apply early (preferably between August and November) 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 referee support. As well as being selected as a suitable person to be a teacher, you will need to meet the admission requirements for the University.

To be eligible to apply for this programme, candidates must hold a Level 7 Bachelor's degree which is recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

If you are applying to study the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary), you need to have taken papers in the subjects you wish to teach. When applying, you will be asked to submit your academic transcript(s), which your programme coordinator will review to see which subjects you can teach. Contact us for more information.

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Study in Tauranga

The Master of Teaching and Learning is available in Tauranga, subject to sufficient student numbers. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

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 83 22 42 or + 64 7 838 4500
Email: [email protected]

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