Master of Applied Professional Studies - Adult Teaching

Programme details

Translation Te Tohu Paerua Ako Mātanga Mahi - Whakaako Pakeke
Code WR3107
Level 9
Credits 180
Duration 1.5 years
Domestic student fee $6,840* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2, November
Study options Full-time, Part-time
Part-time study will take 4 years to complete
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$25,950
IntakesFebruary, July, November
Minimum IELTS6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0
Duration (length of study)1.5 years
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

The Master of Applied Professional Studies programme aims to provide a flexible range of study options that enable learners to match their needs to the qualification they are seeking to gain and to extend their domain of practice within a chosen professional field. The programme aims to integrate theory with practice within interrogative environments that support learners to broaden their knowledge and experience through:

  • Reflective practice
  • Critical evaluation
  • In-depth analysis of critical social, cultural and professional practice issues
  • Applied professional practice research;
  • Synthesis and construction of new and/or innovative professional practice initiatives and/or applications; and
  • Articulation of personalised professional practice model(s) along with the theories, cultural understandings and experiences that inform the model(s)

Specialist endorsements in this programme

Career opportunities

Education, social work, health, nursing, professional team or group leadership roles, tertiary lecturers, saff development and training officer, professional researcher

Award information

Students must pass a total of 180 credits, including:

  • 15 credits from compulsory course PROF.8001;
  • 45 credits from Level 9 course PROF.9001 and 15 credit course from any Level 8 endorsement; or 60 credits from Level 9 course PROF.9002; and
  • 105 credits from the relevant endorsement list.

OR

  • 15 credits from compulsory course PROF.8001;
  • 45 credits from Level 9 course PROF.9001 and 15 credit course from any Level 8 endorsement; or 60 credits from Level 9 course PROF.9002;
  • 90 credits from the relevant endorsement list; and
  • 15 credits from another endorsement.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Upon successful completion of the Master of Applied Professional Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • perform as critically reflective and interdisciplinary practitioners;
  • demonstrate leadership in their field of study nationally and internationally;
  • analyse and synthesise information;
  • use and apply knowledge to address novel or new problems and issues;
  • develop and implement advanced applied research methodologies; and
  • exhibit higher level knowledge and understanding of their profession through cognitive, practical, personal and enabling skills.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations and the following criteria:

  • be able to access a relevant workplace
  • hold a bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s degree with honours in a cognate subject with a B average or above; OR hold a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma in a cognate subject with a B average or above;
  • Every candidate shall be approved by the faculty dean.

In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, students who do not meet the academic and practical or professional experience requirements above may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying courses the Postgraduate Board of Studies may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.

English language requirements

Applicants without endorsements or with the Mentoring and Leadership or Adult Teaching endorsement:

  • an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0, or equivalent test level;
  • issued within the last two years

Applicants with the Vulnerable Peoples, or Infection Prevention and Control endorsement:

  • an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no band score lower than 7.0, or equivalent test level;
  • issued within the last two years

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Compulsory courses

Select PROF.8001 and one of PROF.9001 or PROF.9002

Course details
PROF.8001 Critical Reflective Practice
Students will explore theories of reflective practice relevant to their specialist field. Students will critically reflect upon and justify their framework for future applied practice.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.9001 Research Project
The aim of this course is to enable students to undertake a research project. Students will develop critical thinking skills for evaluating the quality of research, and for determining the different approaches to research such as quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. Students will also identify an area to research, formulate...
Credits 45 Intakes Semester 2
PROF.9002 Dissertation
Undertake a sustained research project and develop critical analysis skills for evaluating the quality of research, and for determining the different approaches to research such as quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods.Identify a relevant area to research, formulate a research proposal including: research questions and theories, conduct literature reviews and select...
Credits 60 Intakes Semester 2

Specialist endorsement courses

Adult Teaching: PROF.8005, PROF.8006, PROF.8007, PROF.8015, PROF.8016;

Course details
PROF.8005 Adult Learning Theory
The aim of this course is to develop a personal learning and teaching framework for application to professional practice. Learners will critically evaluate concepts and principles of adult learning with a focus on the value of the process of learning.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8006 Assessing for Learning
The aim of this course is to advance skills in assessing learners to support effective learning and for determining overall achievement. The course will develop learners’ ability to assess students to improve their learning (formative or diagnostic assessment) and to assess overall achievement of prescribed outcomes. It will support learners...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
PROF.8007 Designing Learning Programmes for Adult Learners
The aim of this course is to develop skills in designing courses, programmes and curriculum materials. The course will use concepts of constructive alignment, scaffolding learning, embedding literacy and numeracy and instructional design. Students will improve their capability to develop academically sound, coherent courses, programmes and resources that facilitate effective...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
PROF.8015 Ngā Tikanga Rangahau: Research Protocols
The course will enable students to critically analyse quantitative, qualitative, and kaupapa Māori approaches to research. Students will formulate a research question, literature review, ethics and the necessity for a kaupapa Māori research framework where required, research theories and an appropriate methodology to create a research proposal.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
PROF.8016 Adult Teaching Practice
The aim of this course is to assist students to evaluate and critically reflect on their own approaches to adult teaching practice in response to learner, self, peer and lecturer feedback, and effectively facilitate theory and practical lessons through technology enhanced and face to face learning.
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2


*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

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