Master of Specialist Teaching

Master of Specialist Teaching

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: October 31, April 30
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February, July
International tuition: NZ$46,050
Domestic tuition: NZ$11,303

Program overview

The programme is coursework-based, meaning it is ideal for educators who aim to provide professional leadership in their area of expertise but who do not wish to undertake a thesis. The Master of Specialist Teaching (MSpecTchg) employs a mix of distance and blended learning delivery options that provide flexibility for all students, regardless of location. The degree can be awarded unendorsed, or endorsed in one of four areas. Graduates will gain a comprehensive understanding of their selected specialism, and will have the expertise, knowledge, interdisciplinary networks, and strategies to provide innovative approaches to meet children’s and learners’ special education needs in their workplace. The degree can be awarded unendorsed, or endorsed in one of four areas: Complex Educational Needs Deaf and Hard of Hearing Early Intervention Learning and Behaviour. The MSpecTchg consists of two parts. In Part I, students complete one compulsory core theory and foundations course (30 points), and three compulsory courses (90 points) from one of the endorsement schedules. Each endorsement includes: one specialist theory and foundations course one professional practice course (including practical assignments) one extended practicum course including experience in specialty practice settings. On satisfactory completion of Part I with a B grade average or higher, students will be eligible to progress to Part II. Part II consists of two 30-point courses, one chosen from three courses, and one optional course. Part II can be completed by distance study.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
Students wishing to enrol in the Master of Specialist Teaching must have: qualified for an Aotearoa New Zealand teacher education degree, or qualified for a recognised three-year diploma in early childhood, primary, or secondary teaching in Aotearoa, with at least a B Grade Point Average in their 300-level courses; and hold current teacher registration in Aotearoa (not a requirement for the Early Intervention endorsement); and normally acquired at least two years experience as a teacher or educator in a recognised educational, workplace, or community setting. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking TOEFL iBT: total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. TOEFL PBT: with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5 Pearson Test of English (Academic): with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits, such as specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand