12 months
34558 USD/year
8227 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Specialist Teaching programme at University of Canterbury provides the opportunity for students to continue their postgraduate studies with a focus on specialist teaching.


Specialist Teaching programme at University of Canterbury is relevant for educators working with children and learners who have special educational needs in early childhood, primary and secondary sectors.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 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:

  • Complex Educational Needs
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Early Intervention
  • Learning and Behaviour


Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Complex Educational Needs
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Early Intervetion

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You should apply as early as possible to give yourself maximum preparation time for visa application, fee payment, travel and accommodation arrangements. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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 Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34558 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 34558 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8227 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8227 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National Students - 11,427 NZD
  • International Students - 48,000 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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