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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Education (MEd)


Admission
1.   Candidates for the degree of Master of Education must
  (a)   have qualified for the award of the Bachelor of Teaching with Honours (BTchg(Hons)) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) of the University of Waikato, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
  (b)   satisfy the prerequisites for graduate study at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board, and
  (c)   satisfy the requirements for selection to the MEd, as stated in the Graduate Studies Handbook or in the School of Education Graduate Programmes section of the Calendar, and
  (d)   have gained 120 points at Level 5 taken from papers offered for the BTchg(Hons), PGDipEd or cognate postgraduate diploma, including any prerequisite compulsory papers as prescribed in the Graduate Studies Handbook or in the School of Education Graduate Programmes section of the Calendar, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
2.   In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 1 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed, either prior to or concurrently.
Requirements for the degree
3.   Candidates must enrol in and follow an approved programme of study in the School of Education for at least one year.
4.   The programme of study must include the equivalent of 120 points at Level 5 as prescribed in the Graduate Studies Handbook or in the School of Education Graduate Programmes section of the Calendar. Candidates will normally be required to present a thesis equivalent to 120 or 90 points.
5.   Candidates who wish to take a dissertation or thesis must have completed or concurrently enrol in an approved paper in research methodology. Approval to enrol in a directed study, dissertation or thesis will be subject to the availability of a suitable supervisor.
6.   Candidates who fail a paper may repeat it once or take an alternative paper. Candidates who fail a paper will not be eligible for the award of honours. Candidates who fail more than one paper, or the same paper twice, may not proceed with the degree.
Award of honours
7.   The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours, Second Class Honours (first division), Second Class Honours (second division) or without honours. In order to be eligible for consideration for the award of honours, the requirements of the degree must be completed in not more than 24 consecutive months of full-time study, or, in the case of part-time study, an equivalent period not exceeding four calendar years, from the date of first enrolment in the degree.
Exemption and credit transfers
8.   Candidates may substitute 30 points in an approved paper from other subjects listed in the Calendar in place of those prescribed for the MEd.
9.   Papers completed to satisfy the entry requirements for the MEd may not be credited to the MEd.
General
10.   The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations Governing Graduate Degrees apply to these regulations and include provisions for the variation and waiver of these regulations in individual cases by the Academic Board or delegated authority.
Note:
1.   Candidates who had completed a MEd by coursework alone would not ordinarily be permitted to apply for admission directly to doctoral study.

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