||Candidates for the degree
of Master of Special Education must
||have qualified for the award
of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Special Education) (PGDipEd(SpEd))
of the University of Waikato, or for a qualification considered
by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
||satisfy the prerequisites for graduate study at levels
considered appropriate by the Academic Board, and
||satisfy the requirements for selection to the MSpEd,
as stated in the Graduate Studies Handbook or in the School of Education
Graduate Programmes section of the Calendar, and
||have gained 120 points at Level 5 taken from papers
offered for the PGDipEd(SpEd) 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
||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|
||Candidates must enrol in and follow an approved programme
of study in the School of Education for at least one year.
||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.
||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.
||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|
||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|
||Candidates may substitute 30 points in an approved paper
from other subjects listed in the Calendar in place of those prescribed
for the MSpEd.
||Papers completed to satisfy the entry requirements for
the MSpEd may not be credited to the MSpEd.
||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.