Regulations - Education And Social Work


The Degree of Master of Counselling – MCouns

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.

Admission

1 In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have:

a either

(i) completed the requirements for a Bachelors degree in education, counselling, nursing, social work or another profession from this University or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate or its representative with an average grade of B or higher in at least 90 points or equivalent in the most advanced courses taken towards the entry qualification

or

(ii) completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory, or the Postgraduate Diploma in Education – Counselling specialisation from this University or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate or its representative with an average grade of B or higher in at least 90 points or equivalent in the most advanced courses taken towards the entry qualification

and

b at least three years practical experience in teaching, counselling, nursing, social work or equivalent profession as approved by Senate or its representative.

2 An interview supported by referees’ statements and evidence of practical experience is required.

Note: Agencies where counsellors in training are placed wish to ensure that client safety is not compromised. For this reason, the application form for the Counselling programme asks applicants to indicate whether they have any criminal convictions. Before any candidate can be accepted into the degree, an official police statement concerning absence or otherwise of criminal convictions will be required.

3 A student who has not gained an average of B or higher as specified in Regulation 1a must have otherwise shown to the satisfaction of the Dean of Faculty of Education and Social Work capacity to undertake advanced study and research in the courses proposed to be taken for this degree in order to be admitted to the programme.

4 Admission to the programme requires the approval of Senate or its representative.

5 No student on whom the Degree of Master of Education – Counselling specialisation has already been conferred by the University of Auckland may enrol for this degree unless specific approval is given by Senate or its representative.

Duration and Total Points Value

6 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a(i) must:

a pass courses with a total value of 240 points

and

b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees

and

c not exceed 280 points for the total enrolment for this degree.

7 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a(ii) must:

a pass courses with a total value of 120 points

and

b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees

and

c not exceed 160 points for the total enrolment for this degree.

Structure and Content

8 a A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a(i) must complete:

(i) 120 points from courses listed in the Master of Counselling Schedule

and

(ii) 120 point Research Portfolio.

b A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a(ii) must complete a 120 point Research Portfolio.

9 A student admitted to this programme must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity Course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.

Termination of Enrolment

10 a If the behaviour of a student in a learning or practice environment is found, after due and fair inquiry, to be offensive, disruptive or likely to give rise to a risk of harm to the welfare of any person, the enrolment of the student in the programme may be terminated by Senate or its representative and any application to re-enrol may likewise be declined.

b A student who is subject to any such inquiry may be suspended by Senate or its representative from lectures, classes and any practice placement pending the outcome of the inquiry.

c A student whose enrolment is terminated under Regulation 10a may appeal from that decision to the Council or its duly appointed delegate.

Research Portfolio

11 a The Research Portfolio is to be carried out under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by Senate or its representative.

b A student who has to complete 240 points, must, before enrolment for the Research Portfolio, obtain an average grade of at least B in the first 120 points from the coursework component of the degree. If this is not achieved the courses passed will be reassigned to the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory.

c A student who does not meet the requirements of this degree may apply to reassign courses passed for the Master of Counselling to the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory.

d The Research Portfolio must be completed within 12 months of the completion and passing of the courses for this degree.

Variations

12 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.

Honours

13 This degree may be awarded with Honours as specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

Commencement

14 These regulations came into force on 1 January 2011. The 2006 regulations for the Master of Education – Counselling specialisation offered by the University of Auckland were repealed.

Master of Counselling (MCouns) Schedule

A student who has to complete 120 points must satisfy the following requirement:

Research Masters

Requirement:

120 points: PROFCOUN 797 Research Portfolio

Note: A student wishing to enrol in the Research Portfolio of the MCouns should note that EDPROFST 750 or PROFCOUN 709 is a prerequisite for enrolment.

A student who has to complete 240 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Research Masters

Requirement:

90 points: PROFCOUN 701, 705, 706, 708, 709

30 points from EDPROFST 700–757, 760–788, EDUC 702–764, 767, PROFCOUN 700–704, 707, PROFSUPV 704, 713, SOCHLTH 732 or 30 points from a 700 level course in another subject as approved by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate)

120 points: PROFCOUN 797 Research Portfolio

Note: A student wishing to enrol in the Research Portfolio of the MCouns should note that EDPROFST 750 or PROFCOUN 709 is a prerequisite for enrolment.

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