Specialist endorsements in Education 

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Qualifications

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education generally consists of four courses totalling 120 points. Each specialist endorsement has different compulsory and optional courses which can be viewed in endorsement brochures.

Many students of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education make the choice to complete an additional two courses to be awarded the Master of Education.

The Master of Education can be completed either by coursework or a combination of courses and thesis. Each specialist endorsement has different compulsory and optional courses which can be viewed in each endorsement brochure.

Specialist endorsements

Our Curriculum and Pedagogy endorsement enables educators across the sector (early childhood, primary, secondary, state, integrated and private) to enhance their pedagogical practice and apply these skills to a specific curriculum area(s). The courses provide theory, research and skills to deepen your professional practice and undertake practitioner or action research in your workplace context. Those who pursue the thesis pathway can focus on an area of specific interest in collaboration with their supervisor.

The courses for this endorsement include:

  • EDEM 602 Turning Pedagogical Theory into Classroom Practice
  • EDEM 606 Curriculum Implementation in Science Education
  • EDEM 607 Contemporary Issues in Literacy Education
  • EDEM 609 Contemporary Issues in Mathematics Education
  • EDEM 610 Teaching Drama in the Curriculum
  • EDEM 614 Assessment for Learning
  • EDEM 620 Inclusive and Special Education
  • EDEM 631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning
  • EDEM 650 Educational Philosophy and Policy
  • EDEM 651 Re-examining Early Years Education
  • EDEM 656 Tikanga and Rautaki Whakaako Reo
  • EDEM 685 Culturally Inclusive Pedagogies: Motivating Diverse Learners

More information

The Curriculum and Pedagogy endorsement is available only within the Master of Education. Refer to student advice team in the first instance and the Masters Coordinator in the second instance.

Ms Trish McMenamin

Senior Lecturer
Wheki 210
Internal Phone: 95572

The e-Learning and Digital Technologies endorsement provides educators and training or support staff with opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and professional practice, examine critical issues and build confidence and capability for leadership in this area.

Students are required only to be computer literate and enthusiastic to learn more about this field. Courses connect current research with workplace experiences and develop confidence and competence in designing, implementing, evaluating and researching many aspects of e-learning with traditional and networked learners in a variety of classrooms and various online or blended contexts.

All e-Learning courses are exclusively available by Distance Learning Options.

The MEd (e-Learning and Digital Technologies) consists of 180 points and can be completed by coursework or a combination of courses and thesis. Those completing by coursework should select 90 points from the Schedule below and 90 points from the Master of Education Schedule A. Those completing by thesis should select 60 points from the Schedule below, 30 points from Schedule C (research methods) and a 90 point thesis (EDEM 690) in the area of e-Learning and Digital Technologies. Please note that students completing by coursework must include at least 45 points from the Master of Education Schedule B (level 9 courses). Students are strongly advised to check their planned course of study with a student advisor prior to enrolment.

The courses for this endorsement include:

  • EDEM626 Curriculum Implementation in Computer Science
  • EDEM628 Best Practice in Online Teaching and Learning
  • EDEM630 Change with Digital Technologies in Education
  • EDEM333 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
  • EDEM665 Special Topic: Teaching Computer Programming
  • EDEM682 Special Topic: Current Issues in Education Futures and e-Learning

More information

View our brochure, or contact the e-Learning and Digital Technologies Coordinator.

Julie Mackey

Associate Professor
Dean of Education and Health
Orakipaoa 106
Internal Phone: 93419

The Inclusive and Special Education endorsement is a qualification designed for classroom teachers and interested education professionals wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in supporting the academic and social development of students with diverse learning needs. Developed by leading educators at the University of Canterbury, the programme is designed to provide opportunities to develop professional knowledge, practice and critically examine issues relevant to inclusive and special education.

The courses for this endorsement include:

  • EDEM 618 Dyslexia: Identification and Intervention
  • EDEM 620 Inclusive and Special Education
  • EDEM 624 Autism Spectrum Disorders

More information

Contact the Inclusive and Special Education Coordinator:

Ms Trish McMenamin

Senior Lecturer
Wheki 210
Internal Phone: 95572

The Leadership endorsement is designed for those already holding leadership positions and positions of responsibility, as well as those who are planning for future promotions in organisations concerned with education and training. The programme is specifically designed to strengthen existing expertise in educational leadership and also to broaden skills and knowledge. The courses provide theory, research and skills to deepen professional practice, critically examine significant issues in educational leadership and management and undertake practitioner or action research in the workplace context.

All Leadership courses are exclusively available by Distance Learning Options.

More information

View our brochure or contact the Leadership Coordinator.

Susan Lovett

Associate Professor
Wheki 218
Internal Phone: 93629

The Hōaka Pounamu: Bilingual and Immersion Teaching endorsement aims to develop high quality graduates who will promote leadership and raise the knowledge of te reo Māori in bilingual, immersion and mainstream settings.

Hōaka Pounamu is designed to extend teachers on the use of te reo Māori in the classroom. It is ideal for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers who are teaching te reo Māori in mainstream, bilingual and immersion settings and who want to gain an academic qualification whilst upskilling their te reo Māori and teaching skills. Applicants may be Māori teachers, teachers of te reo Māori, teachers responsible for Māori in schools, Resource Teachers of Māori, or Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour who work with Māori children and/or families. People who meet the entry criteria below may also apply – the programme is not restricted to practising teachers

  • EDEM 649 Te Tiriti i te Ao Mātauranga, The Treaty in Education Today
  • EDEM 656 Tïkanga and Rautaki Whakaako Reo
  • EDEM 657 Whakaora Reo, Language Revitalisation
  • EDEM 658 Mātauranga Māori Hei Mārautanga

More information

Contact the Hōaka Pounamu: Bilingual and Immersion Coordinator:

Te Hurinui Karaka-Clarke

Lecturer
Wheki 225
Internal Phone: 93795

The Literacy endorsement critically examines literacy underachievement through a combination of theory and practice. Studies focus on the shifts of developmental theories and best classroom practice. The diploma also incorporates the study of children’s literature. Building on the substantial base of the compulsory course, students are offered an opportunity to explore in depth the complexity of issues in light of current thinking.

Most Literacy courses are exclusively available by Distance Learning options.

  • EDEM 607 Contemporary Issues in Literacy Education
  • EDEM 616 Critical Literacy in Children’s Literature and Media Texts
  • EDEM 617 Enhancing Reading Development for Young Children at Risk
  • EDEM 618 Dyslexia: Identification and intervention

More information

Contact the Literacy Coordinator:

Faye Parkhill

Lecturer - Teaching and Administration
Wheki 170
Internal Phone: 94110

The Teaching and Learning Languages endorsement serves the professional development needs of a variety of teachers engaged in languages teaching, including:

  • early years, primary and secondary teachers, and ESOL specialist teachers, who are working with students who are recent migrants, including Pasifika students, or international students;
  • teachers of EFL and other languages who are seeking a language teaching qualification, including native speakers of languages other than English;
  • generalist primary teachers who may now be teaching language to their students as a result of the introduction of the new Learning Languages area of The New Zealand Curriculum (2007);
  • teachers who are supporting Māori students in transitioning from immersion/bilingual programs into English medium contexts; and
  • school leaders supporting teacher learning, curriculum development, and/or policy implementation for engaging diverse learners.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching and Learning Languages) consists of four courses: EDEM 631EDMM 632, one restricted optional course (EDEM 615 or EDEM 633) and one optional course from the MEd Schedule A or Schedule B, totalling 120 points.

The Master of Education (Teaching and Learning Languages) consists of six courses: EDEM 631EDMM 632, one restricted optional course (EDEM 615 or EDEM 633) and three optional courses from the MEd Schedule A and B including at least one Schedule B course, totalling 180 points.

The courses for this endorsement include:

  • EDEM 631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning
  • EDMM 632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning
  • EDEM 615 Learning & Teaching Languages
  • EDEM 633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
  • EDMM 633 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
  • EDEM 685 Culturally Inclusive Pedagogies: Motivating Diverse Learners
  • EDEM 688 The Treaty in Education Today
  • EDEM 607 Contemporary Issues in Literacy Education

Teaching and Learning Languages courses are available by Distance Learning Options.

More information

View our brochure, or contact the Teaching and Learning Languages Coordinator.

Una Cunningham

Associate Professor
Wheki 223
Internal Phone: 93744

Educators and community leaders report they need additional professional learning and development opportunities to respond proactively to the increasing number of children and youth who engage in challenging behaviour.

The PGDipEd(PBS) provides graduates with advanced research-based knowledge of theory and applied skills in positive behaviour support. Graduates will be able to interpret and critically analyse the relevant evidence-based literature and the educational and psychological methods used in this discipline. The graduates will be bi-culturally responsive and competent. With this endorsement graduates will be employable, innovative and enterprising and will make a difference in the education, health and social welfare sectors.

It is expected that the knowledge, skills and attributes associated with this endorsement will have wide appeal to early childhood, primary, secondary teachers, SENCO's, specialist teachers, PB4L leaders, senior school management and community organisations and settings across New Zealand as no other university currently provides a qualification in this area of speciality.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Positive Behaviour Support) consists of four courses: EDEM 666EDEM 667 and one restricted optional course (EDEM 638EDEM 661EDEM 663 or EDEM 685) and one optional course from the MEd Schedule A or Schedule B, totalling 120 points.

The Master of Education (Positive Behaviour Support) consists of six courses: EDEM 666EDEM 667 and one restricted optional course (EDEM 638EDEM 661EDEM 663 or EDEM 685) and three optional courses from the MEd Schedule A or Schedule B including at least one Schedule B course, totalling 180 points. Alternatively, with the thesis option, the Master of Education (Positive Behaviour Support) consists of EDEM 666 and EDEM 667 plus two research methods courses from Schedule C and a 90 point thesis (EDEM 690) in the area of your endorsement, totalling 180 points. 

The courses for this endorsement include:

  • EDEM 666 Developing Positive Behaviour Support
  • EDEM 667 Application of Positive Behaviour Support
  • EDEM 638 Curriculum Leadership
  • EDEM 661 Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
  • EDEM 663 Introduction to Interventions
  • EDEM 685 Culturally Inclusive Pedagogies: Motivating Diverse Learners

This programme can be completed either on-campus or by distance study (or a blend of both).

More information

View our brochure, or contact the Positive Behaviour Support Coordinator.

Need more information?

More information about Postgraduate programmes and their courses is available in the Postgraduate Prospectus. Or contact us for further advice and support.

Student Advisors

College of Education, Health and Human Development
Internal Phone: 93333