Early Intervention Study Award

The purpose of this award is to support you to study the University of Canterbury’s Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Early Intervention.

You must be enrolled in the above diploma to be eligible for this award.

Online applications for 2020 intake opens on 1 August 2019.

Before submitting your application please read each section of this page carefully.

The information we provide on this page is an indication only. The letter of offer (should your application be successful) will have all the details.

What the award provides

The study award pays:

  • you a contribution towards your travel and accommodation for your study
  • the University of Canterbury the full amount for your domestic tuition fees
  • your employer a contribution towards hiring a relief teacher to cover your study leave.

Important dates in applying for the award

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Applications close 30 September 2019
Applicants and employers notified by 20 November 2019

Who is eligible for this study award

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  1. Be employed as an early childhood teacher or an early intervention teacher (EIT) by either:
    • Ministry of Education
    • an accredited early intervention service provider
    • a licenced early childhood service
  2. Hold a Bachelor in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) or equivalent
  3. Be a fully registered teacher with a current practicing certificate
  4. Have the approval of and support from your employer to take up the study
  5. Have worked for at least 3 years as a qualified early childhood teacher
  6. Be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency.

You are not entitled to this award if you:

  • are not accepted into the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Early Intervention
  • have already received a study award and failed the course.

If you're employed part time:

  • you will still be eligible for this study award, but the number of study leave days allocated to you will be less - this is based on your full-time equivalent status.

If you are unsure about whether you have an equivalent qualification, you can seek advice from the University of Canterbury directly. Please contact:

Dr Laurie McLay
Senior Lecturer
Program Coordinator – Specialist Teaching
laurie.mclay@canterbury.ac.nz

We will give priority to applicants who:

  • have not received a study award or fellowship for which leave with pay was granted within the last two years
  • are Māori or Pasifika early intervention teachers 
  • are early childhood teachers who speak Te Reo Māori.

What to include in your application

Your application must include:

We will also consider:

  • your academic ability
  • support from your employer to undertake the study
  • your ability to manage work and study demands, including the practicum course in your second year of study
  • any special circumstances you feel are important for us to consider.

Our decision to grant or not grant an award is final, and we will not enter into any discussion about it.

The postgraduate diploma in Specialist Teaching: Early Intervention

This study award supports the University of Canterbury’s Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Early Intervention.

The diploma is:

  • made up of 4 papers
  • delivered part time over 2 years (2 papers per year)
  • delivered by distance study combined with 2 compulsory block courses each year (3 to 4 days each). The first course runs from the Massey University Albany campus in February and the second runs from the University of Canterbury Christchurch campus in July.

In your second year of study, you will undertake a 20-day practicum (part time across one to 2 terms). You will work alongside field staff. You will need to consider how you will coordinate your work, study and home life during this time.

For more information about the diploma

If you have any questions regarding the diploma, please contact the University of Canterbury:

Dr Cara Swit
Senior Lecturer
cara.swit@canterbury.ac.nz

Your responsibilities for meeting the award conditions

You will receive our support to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching for two years:

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Domestic tuition fees

In April, we pay your tuition fees directly to your university.

You are responsible for paying non-tuition fees. Please pay directly to the university.

Non-tuition fees such as student levies, building fees, administration fees and any other add-on university charges.

Travel and accommodation contribution

We will pay this directly into your bank account. The exact amount and date will be written in your letter of offer if your application is successful.

Travel costs above the level of the travel and accommodation.

Contribution payment towards study leave

Note: If you work or study less, the payment will be proportional to your employment FTE and/or the number of papers you are studying.

We pay this to your employer. Details will be included in your letter of offer if you are successful. We will also notify your employer a letter detailing how many days you will receive, the contribution amount and date of payment. Any study leave taken over the amount you have been told you can use in your letter of offer.

Failure, withdrawal, breaks in study and changes to employment

If you...then...
Decide not to start the course after you have enrolled

withdraw as soon as possible. You will need to repay the Ministry any tuition fees paid on your behalf. We will send you an invoice for the amount.

Your study award will not be deferred for a year. You must make a new application the following year if you want to study again.

The university stipulates a ‘withdrawal date’, which is the final date that you can withdraw by without having to repay tuition fees. Find out from the university what the cut-off date is.

Withdraw from study part way through the qualification You will need to pay back all tuition fees that we have paid for your study
Need to take a break from study due to unforeseen circumstances You will need to talk to us. You can ask for a study break of a maximum of one year.
Resign, are made redundant, your position is terminated or you decide to change jobs part way through your study Contact us as we may give you time to continue studying while you find appropriate new employment.

If you do not find appropriate employment in a suitable time, your study award will stop and you will be asked to pay back all tuition fees that we have paid for your study.
Fail a paper You will need to retake that paper at your own expense.
Want to study one paper per year

You are expected to study two papers per year. In exceptional circumstances, you may be allowed to study one paper.

Required disclosures

Convictions

Your application must disclose any convictions you have had unless they are covered by the Criminal Records (Clean Slate Act) 2004.

This is required to ensure that you would not be prevented from gaining future employment with the Ministry of Education.

You must declare all of your convictions if you have:

  • been convicted of an offence within the last 7 years; or
  • been sentenced to a custodial sentence (eg, imprisonment, corrective training, borstal); or
  • been ordered by a court during a criminal case to be detained in a hospital due to your mental condition, instead of being sentenced; or
  • been convicted of a ‘special offence’ (eg, sexual offending against children, young people or those mentally impaired); or
  • not paid in full any fine reparation or costs ordered by the Court in a criminal case; or
  • been indefinitely disqualified from driving under section 65 of the Land Transport Act 1998 or earlier equivalent provision.

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