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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 Diploma in Specialist Teaching
PGDipSpecTchg

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 Diploma in Specialist Teaching requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements;

(b) hold a relevant professional qualification;

(c) have either:

(i) qualified for any degree of a New Zealand university, or equivalent; or

(ii) provided evidence of sufficient practical/professional experience of an acceptable standard in an area relevant to the qualification;

(d) have satisfied the Academic Board that they have sufficient background of professional experience to be likely to benefit from the programme.

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 the equivalent TOEFL score) or other evidence that is acceptable to Academic Board.

Qualification Requirements

4. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) two core courses as listed in Schedule A for the qualification (60 credits);

(b) two courses for one endorsement as listed in Schedule B for the qualification (60 credits).

Specialisations

5. Candidates must complete one endorsement by completing the requirements for that endorsement as set out in Part B of the Schedule for the Qualification.

6. The endorsements available for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching are Blind and Low Vision, Complex Educational Needs, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Intervention, Gifted and Talented Education, Learning and Behaviour.

Completion Requirements

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

8. Any candidate who has previously been awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching must surrender that qualification in order to be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching. Time limits for completion and for the award of distinction will apply from the time that the candidate first enrolled in a course credited towards the diploma.

9. In order to graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching endorsed in Blind and Low Vision a candidate must pass the Trans-Tasman Braille Proficiency Examination.

10. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

11. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

12. For candidates enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching failure to complete a course in two successive attempts will lead to exclusion from the qualification.

Transitional Provisions

13. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the diploma, candidates who commenced study towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching prior to 01 January 2021 will be permitted to substitute a completed course or courses as follows: 254.765 for 254.766 and/or 249.749 or 249.751 or 249.761 or 262.752 or 249.754 for 254.767. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching

Part A: Core courses

254.766 Professional Learning Pathways 30 credits

254.767 Community-based Practice 30 credits
P For Blind and Low Vision Endorsement: 249,756 and 254.766 For Complex Educational Needs: 249.760 and 254.766 For Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 249.740 and 254.766 For Early Intervention: 249.747 and 254.766 For Gifted and Talented: 262.751 and 254.766 For Learning and Behaviour: 249.753 and 254.766

Part B: Endorsements

Autism Spectrum Disorder (90 credits)

No new enrolments

Endorsement courses

249.745 Theory and Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits

249.749 Evidence-based Interprofessional Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
P 249.745 and 254.765

249.750 Practicum Autism Spectrum Disorder 30 credits
P 249.749 C 249.749

Blind and Low Vision (60 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.700 Braille Proficiency 0 credits

249.746 Theory and Practice of Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits

249.752 Practicum in Blind and Low Vision Education 30 credits
P 249.751 C 249.751

Complex Educational Needs (60 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.760 Theory and Practice of Complex Educational Needs 30 credits

249.763 Practicum in Complex Educational Needs 30 credits
P 249.761

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (60 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.740 Theory and Practice of Deaf and Hard of Hearing 30 credits

249.743 Practicum in Deaf and Hard of Hearing 30 credits
P 249.740 and 254.766

Early Intervention (60 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.747 Theory and Practice of Early Intervention 30 credits

249.748 Practicum in Early Intervention 30 credits
P 249.747 and 254.766

Gifted and Talented Education (60 credits)

Endorsement courses

262.751 Theory and Practice of Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits

262.753 Practicum in Gifted and Talented Education 30 credits
P 262.752 C 262.752

Learning and Behaviour (60 credits)

Endorsement courses

249.753 Theory and Practice of Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits

249.755 Practicum in Learning and Behaviour Diversity 30 credits
P 249.754 C 249.754

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