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Master of Specialist Teaching

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Part-time study

Work with diverse learners

If you’re keen to work with diverse learners and their teachers, then a Master of Specialist Teaching is for you.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Take less of your time

The Master of Specialist Teaching has reduced (starting in 2015) from 240 credits to 180 credits. This means you can now complete this qualification in three years of part-time study.

Evidence-based research project within work contexts

Studying the Master of Specialist Teaching will allow you to apply your knowledge and skills in diverse cultural contexts to undertake practical research and advanced study within your area of specialist teaching and inclusive education.

Flexible programme with multi-modal teaching

We combine a range of current and innovative blended learning options for all students including e-learning and face-to-face pedagogical practices to make it easier for you to study regardless of where you are and what you are doing.

Inter-professional environment

Our qualification adopts an inquiry-based inter-professional model where you will study alongside other types of specialist teachers to learn with, from and about each other within a broad community of practice. Your study will take place in a supportive and constructive learning environment led by highly qualified and respected experts in the field of inclusive education.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

Your qualification options

Please note that the Master of Specialist Teaching does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

Tangi Johnson-Ross
Master of Specialist Teaching (Learning and Behaviour)

“Learning with Massey University was not only significant to my work but worth the investment, time and effort…”

With more than 30 years of teaching experience I felt at ease in most teaching jobs. However, when I first entered the world of special needs teaching I felt like a newbie and I needed to feel competent and capable in my new teaching role. The PGDip Specialist Teaching (Learning and Behaviour) at Massey University offered the perfect solution. The course was not only comfortable, doing it from home; convenient, fitting neatly around my work; but also inspiring and relevant. As soon as I started learning I was able to use my new knowledge immediately in the classroom with success.

Following this course, I was encouraged to continue learning because of Massey’s supportive and passionate lecturers at the cutting edge of evidence-based research. The course was culturally responsive and incredibly relevant to the New Zealand context, which engendered a feeling of belonging through collaborative teamwork. I was introduced to technological tools that enabled effortless distance learning, while sharing ideas, resources and skills through a social learning medium of supportive and experienced individuals.


Inclusive education is fast becoming the preferred model of education worldwide. A Masters in Specialist Teaching can lead to a range of career opportunities in New Zealand and further afield. Your skills will be in demand!

Graduates may find work or enhance their careers in many educational areas such as:

  • Specialist resource teachers such as Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour; and Resource Teacher: Blind and Low Vision
  • Education Advisors such as a Special Education Advisors
  • Special Education Needs Coordinators
  • Academic and professional development positions
  • Behaviour Support Workers
  • Special Education Teachers

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