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Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


Manawatu Campus


With Massey’s Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) you’ll be prepared to lead the way in shaping our future nation.

Be part of an innovative programme

The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Secondary) embodies a new vision for the future of teacher education. You’ll gain from robust, specialised curriculum and teaching knowledge that is critical for graduates preparing to enter different types of teaching environments. The programme also represents Massey University’s commitment to becoming a Tiriti-led university.

Learn from the best

You’ll work with nationally and internationally esteemed practitioners and researchers. You can expect a teaching and learning environment that will enable you to learn how to contribute positively towards your students and society. You’ll also gain specific knowledge in secondary school teaching.

Study in a highly supportive environment

The programme includes regular contact with the teaching team and mentors. You’ll be supported in your professional and personal journey to becoming a teacher in Aotearoa. You’ll be learning with and alongside a great group of peers in a collaborative learning environment that recognises your and your classmates’ individual strengths.

Gain professional experience

In addition to regular coursework (face to face) you will spend 16 weeks in endorsement relevant education settings. This is where you’ll develop and refine your professional skills alongside our supportive associate teachers and mentors. You’ll have an opportunity to engage with tamariki, educators and whanau in a professional setting where you’ll be able take on increasing elements of the teaching role in preparation for your entry to the profession.


On completion of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), you will be eligible to apply for certification with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as a provisionally certificated teacher.

As a provisionally certificated teacher, you’ll be qualified to teach in secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Further study

Massey offers a range of further exciting study options in education, such as specialist teaching, educational leadership, counselling and psychology.

Entry criteria

To enter the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching programme you will have:

  • been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree of at least 360 credits, or equivalent
  • demonstrated competence in literacy and numeracy as set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • achieved an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 or approved equivalent within the preceding two years, unless you hold New Zealand University Entrance Level 2 literacy credits or higher, or Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand recognised equivalent qualification(s) and/or schooling
  • met the requirements for registration as set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, in terms of values, disposition and fitness to teach.

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