MTchgLn Master of Teaching and Learning

University of Waikato

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Program Overview

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.


Hamilton NZNew Zealand

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 49,795



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Papers examine teaching in the New Zealand context, evidence-based inquiry, teaching diverse learners, and curriculum design and implementation. Students complete 10 500 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. 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.

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.

This degree consists of either:

  • a dissertation and coursework

  • coursework only

This degree can be either in the same area as your undergraduate study or in a new area of study.

Depending on your previous study and chosen subject, a masters may take one, one and a half, or two years to complete.

A recognised bachelors degree with a B/B+ average, and a B/B+ average in a relevant subject if required.

Some Faculties/Schools require an honours degree (to demonstrate research capacity). Where the above requirements are not met, further study in a lower level programme may be required first.

To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests for all 2021 and 2022 intakes. Please note this policy is subject to review.

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)

  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)

  • Duolingo English Test (DET) with the following scores:

    • DET score of 90 for pre-degree programmes (IELTS 5.5 equivalent)

    • DET score of 100 for undergraduate programmes (excluding those listed below)

    • DET score of 110 for postgraduate programmes (excluding doctoral programmes)

The University of Waikato will accept Duolingo (DET) as an alternative means of meeting the English language entry requirements for the majority of its programmes (excluding all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes, BSW and LLB) while test centres remain closed and until further notice.

Students who are accepted into their programme using any of the three language tests named above will be issued an unconditional offer, but will be required to undertake a supplementary online language assessment. For doctoral students using DET to gain admission, you will be required to undertake a supplementary assessment prior to an offer being issued.

If you are an international student, you will also need to meet an English language entry requirement. If you do not meet the requirement for your chosen postgraduate qualification, we have Academic English Language programmes available that you can enrol in to help you meet these entry requirements.

English language test

Graduate / Postgraduate (all courses except those listed below)


6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0)

iBT (internet-based) TOEFL

90 with a score of 21 in writing

iBT (home-based) TOEFL

90 with a score of 21 in writing

C1 Advanced (formally known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE))

176 and no bands below 169

C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE))

176 and no bands below 169

Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS)

C1 Expert with an overall high pass and no less than a pass in each skill

Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS)

C2 Mastery with an overall pass and no less than a pass in each skill

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)

Level 5 (Academic)

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

Minimum score of 85

Pearson PTE Academic

58 and no PTE communicative skills below 50

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

III with a pass in all four components

University of Waikato College

Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic (CAAE) programme


For admission to the Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn) an academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in any band) is required.


Equivalent qualifications

If you have successfully completed study in the English medium, you may not have to take a language test. This document also includes all approved alternatives to our IELTS requirements.

Estimated Fees* (International):    $49,795 per year

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