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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


4 terms

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


New Zealand Graduate School of Education


The diploma is based on international knowledge about how teachers are best trained and includes some important features that will ensure the training fully prepares students for the realities of teaching.

The NZGSE programme offers you a challenge: work harder and you can complete the diploma earlier.

We know that some people learn quicker than others and we believe that your training should allow for this. If you can learn faster than other teacher interns you will not be made to wait for them. When you can demonstrate your ability to teach in a range of settings, and show that you have all the competencies of the programme, we will award you the diploma. You can apply for a teaching job and start earning a salary.

The NZGSE programme lets you plan a pathway through the assessment tasks so that one complex activity can be assessed simultaneously against several teacher education standards. You are encouraged, with the assistance of your tutors, to undertake more complex activities involving many concurrent tasks. You will experience the reality of teaching even sooner.

The NZGSE programme has a particular focus on teaching students with special learning needs. You will have extensive opportunities for working with these children both during teaching practice and during your time at the NZGSE Centre.

NZGSE’s Graduate Diploma in Teaching is based on a set of Teacher Education Standards designed at NZGSE. These Standards go well beyond the minimum level of competency for graduating teachers required by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have a degree to be considered for entry to our programmes.

If you have an overseas degree, you will need to arrange for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to assess your qualification. This will normally need to be done before we process your application.

An applicant for the secondary programme must have papers to at least 300 level in a teaching subject appropriate to the secondary school curriculum. (Applicants who wish to teach a technology subject in a secondary school, and who do not meet the requirement to have a degree plus 300 level papers, should contact us to discuss their qualifications.)

An extra requirement applies to applicants for whom English is not their first language. If you fall into this category, applicants must provide evidence that you have completed the academic version of the IELTS test within one year prior to applying for the programme, and that you achieved at least 7.0 in all components of the test. This is a minimum standard before their application can be considered. Competency in English is also an important requirement for applicants who speak English as their first language.

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