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New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6)

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Develop your career in adult and tertiary teaching management with the New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6).

This qualification is for education practitioners aspiring to be, or in, a leadership role in adult and tertiary teaching or training. It represents an advanced qualification for a professional adult and tertiary teaching educator and provides a pathway to graduate and post-graduate qualifications.

You will learn to:

  • Design for learning to meet specified learning outcomes in dynamic contexts
  • Promote teaching environments that give primacy to learners
  • Explore and implement facilitation and teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners and contexts.
  • Select and implement assessment and consistency management and processes
  • Undertake kaitiakitanga in an adult and tertiary teaching environment
  • Provide leadership and professional support to other practitioners working both within and across programmes.
  • Analyse the educational environment and apply knowledge as a basis for influencing own and others’ decision-making, innovation and change

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Adult and Tertiary Teaching (Level 6) full-time over one year or part-time over four years.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge for roles such as:

  • Education programme leader
  • Lead teacher
  • Learning and development department manager
  • Strategic leader in education

and/or undertake further study in adult education and tertiary teaching.

Qualification Pathways

This qualification builds on the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 5).

Entry criteria

Applicants for this programme of study must have access to a minimum of 6 adult (e.g. over the age of 18) learners over the duration of the programme of study in order to enable them to undertake learning and reflection in an authentic setting.

Mature Applicants
A qualification and/or equivalent work experience in a vocation or field in which they currently, or would like to, teach. Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
  • Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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