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Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Secondary)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Secondary for your Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching at Massey

Be part of an innovative qualification

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 qualification 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 qualification 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 and/or distance), 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 to take on increasing elements of the teaching role in preparation for your entry into the profession.

Further study

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

A Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching in Secondary is a good fit if you:

already have a bachelor’s qualification

want to be a high-quality and effective teacher

value the diversity of heritage, language, identity and culture of all learners, families and whanau.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

This is a selected entry qualification. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching 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

completed a body of study at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Levels 5 to 7 and/or higher in at least one subject – and typically two subjects – that are relevant for teaching a particular Secondary School subject (see below for details).

Evidence of English language competency, as outlined by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, is required for all applicants. In most cases, your academic background and schooling will provide this evidence.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 7.0
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT) - 98
  • Cambridge English - minimum of 185
  • ISLPR - 4
  • PTE - 65
  • Trinity ISE III (3) - Pass with Merit
  • LanguageCert C1 Expert and C2 Mastery IESOL - No less than 25/50

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