Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Do you already hold a bachelor's degree and want to become a teacher? Postgraduate study in initial teacher education is new to New Zealand, and AUT is one of the places where you can study this one-year professional qualification to become a teacher.

You study the curriculum and education theory to be a successful primary or intermediate teacher. The programme includes a practicum of two days per week for 20 weeks and 12 full weeks as well as a research project. There's a focus on future-oriented education, and you'll be equipped to teach and prepare children to live in a future world.

You can apply for TeachNZ scholarships to support your studies.

TeachNZ website

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with a B+ grade average or higher in level 7 papers, preferably including education papers

Applicants with overseas qualifications must have these assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as equivalent to a New Zealand level 7 bachelor's degree or above.

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Personal declaration form (which includes permission for a police clearance)
  • Three confidential referee reports (one of your referees will be contacted by telephone and the others will be required to complete a written reference)
  • A school visit to one of our partnership schools is required prior to interview
  • CV with five-year work history and a list of memberships in professional organisations
  • Face to face interview
  • Candidates will demonstrate high levels of comprehension, fluency and accuracy in literacy and numeracy tests and ICT skills. During the interview process, candidates will be required to demonstrate group skills through a simulation exercise.
  • You also need to meet the Teaching Council requirements for conduct
  • A safety check will be completed to ensure you meet all the requirements as set out in section 31 of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014

English language requirements

All applicants must ensure they meet the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand requirements for English language competency prior to admission to the programme.

Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website

(If you do not meet the criteria set, please contact the School of Education as there may be other options available).

No admission until English language criteria evidenced as achieved.

English language requirements for initial teacher education programmes [PDF, 136.2 KB]

Download application documents

Admission to an Initial Teacher Education programme can take approximately 6 weeks to complete due to delays in police clearance procedures and the return of referee reports, therefore we would strongly recommend you consider this timeframe when applying.

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This is an intensive programme that involves two days each week (Monday and Tuesday) in a partnership school and two days (Thursday and Friday) at the university. On Wednesday there is a mix of university activities and visits to other school contexts.

The programme covers

  • Teacher identity and resilience
  • Human development
  • Learning theories
  • Knowledge
  • Working with Māori, Pasifika and students with special needs
  • Learning te Reo Māori and some basic Samoan language
  • The teaching as inquiry cycle
  • A research inquiry project focused on working with priority learners.

Papers you study

The paper EDCR801 Ako: Teaching and Learning requires one overnight stay on a marae. If you are unable to complete this component, you won't be able to pass this paper and subsequently won't meet the requirements for the qualification.

Teaching practicum

For 12 weeks student teachers will be on a sustained period of practicum in a partnership school (5 weeks in semester 1 and 7 weeks in semester 2) working with a professional learning mentor in the classroom.

Partner schools include

Graduates can apply for provisional registration with the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand and teach in a primary or intermediate classroom.

Holding a master's degree in teaching and learning will be an advantage in the current competitive employment market.

Graduates planning to continue with postgraduate study should note that this qualification doesn't automatically lead to doctoral study. You will be required to complete additional study in a research methodologies paper at master's level.

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1047
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1 year full-time / part-time available
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:

13 Jan 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$12,810 - $13,385
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 180 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$48,180
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 180 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

Scholarships at AUT

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.