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Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary) - MTchLrn(Primary)

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 trimesters
Start date: 01-February-2021
Victoria University of Wellington
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Course details


Become a teacher and make a difference. Build on your degree with a professional qualification in primary school teaching.

Get the skills and knowledge you need to create positive, inclusive learning environments and become a confident and effective educator.

This one-year, full-time programme will give you a grounding in the principles and theories of teaching and learning, human development, the primary school curriculum and teaching experience.

Throughout the year you'll study both educational theory and practice while gaining real classroom experience at a school in the Wellington region.

Pathway to the programme

You'll need a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant learning area with an average of at least a B in your final year of study, and to be accepted by the Wellington Faculty of Education as suitable for the teaching profession.

You may be given preference if you have studied courses in science, te reo Maori or mathematics. If you are planning to apply for this programme in the future, you should embrace opportunities to study a range of curriculum areas, including te reo Maori, science, mathematics and a social science. You'll also need a strength in at least one area of the arts and/or sports coaching.

Your selection will be based on your academic qualifications and achievement, skills and experience, referee reports, a satisfactory police check and your performance in an interview.

If you don't meet the entry criteria for the MTchLrn, you may be considered for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

Returning to study

Many students return to university for postgraduate study after several years away. If it's been a while since you've studied, our liaison officers can help you get back into university life.

Programme requirements

For this programme you’ll need to:

Complete 180 points

Include 10 courses:

  • Challenges and Opportunities in Teaching (TCHG 501)
  • Creating and Sustaining an Effective Classroom Learning Environment (TCHG 502)
  • Matauranga Maori in the Classroom (TCHG 503)
  • Sustaining Evidence-based Practice (TCHG 504)
  • Teaching English and Mathematics in the Primary Context (TCHG 520)
  • Evaluating Inquiry Learning: Science and the New Zealand Curriculum (TCHG 521)
  • Evidence-based Practice in the Primary Context (TCHG 522)
  • Evaluating English and Mathematics Learning in the Primary Context (TCHG 523)
  • Synthesising Learning Across the Curriculum (TCHG 524)
  • Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in the Primary Context (TCHG 525)

Entry criteria

Bachelor's degree in relevant learning subject with a B average.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5


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