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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching
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Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

1. Admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) hold an approved relevant professional qualification; and

(c) have completed at least one year of relevant professional experience; and will:

(d) have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent; or

(e) have completed at least three years of practical/professional experience of acceptable standard in an area relevant to the certificate.

2. Candidates who do not hold current New Zealand professional Registration will be required to undergo police vetting prior to gaining entry into the programme. Such candidates must meet requirements equivalent to those set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as a teacher in terms of character and fitness to be a teacher.

3. All international candidates and others whose first language is not English who have not gained a New Zealand university entrance qualification, or an overseas entrance qualification in a country where the main language is English, will be required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English in the form of an academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0, or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

4. Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 60 credits, comprising:

(a) courses from the Schedule to the Certificate; and including:

(b) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule to the Certificate;

(c) attending Contact Workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

5. Notwithstanding Regulation 4, and with the approval of Academic Board or their delegate, a candidate who has been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching or Master of Specialist Teaching may be permitted variation to the specified programme of study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching beyond the normal limits.

Specialisations

6. The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching is awarded without endorsement.

Completion Requirements

7. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply;

8. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

9. For candidates enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to complete a course in two successive attempts;

(b) failure to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching within two years.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching

Compulsory course

254.765 Core Theory and Foundations of Specialist Teaching30 credits

Elective courses (30 credits from)

249.745 Theory and Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder30 credits

249.746 Theory and Foundations of Blind and Low Vision Education30 credits

249.753 Theory and Foundations of Learning and Behaviour Diversity30 credits

249.760 Theory and Foundations of Complex Educational Needs30 credits

262.751 Theory and Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education30 credits

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