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Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Otago Polytechnic


Teaching adult education and want to become a qualified tertiary teacher?

The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education is a stimulating, flexibly-delivered programme that is tailored directly to your teaching context. You will be able to study in a way that suits your work schedule and family responsibilities as we offer online, distance learning and on-campus activities. You can learn at any location, at any time and in a way that appeals to you.

A variety of contemporary educational media, digital tools and experience-based learning approaches will be used to help you develop as a 21st Century educator; that is, a critically-reflective, dual-professional bringing expertise from your trade or profession to vocational education.

Learning while you work as an educator of adults will have a direct impact on your day-to-day activities. You will be encouraged to explore trends in tertiary education and use evidence from research and the wider teaching profession to develop a future-focused and effective teaching practice. As a graduate, you will be able to design and facilitate inclusive learning in your tertiary cultural context.

How you will study

The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7) is a 120 credit programme.

Eight, 15-credit courses will be studied, either over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). During your studies, you can take part in blended learning (on campus and online) or distance learning (online). Regular tutorials are offered both on campus and using web conferencing, and you can choose whatever suits at the time. The programme is based on semester starts and you begin your studies at either semester.

What will my workload be?

This 120-credit programme is equal to 1,200 hours of study (approximately) over one year full-time or 600 hours per year over two years. This equates to approximately 35.5 hours per week for the full-time option and approximately 17.75 hours per week for the part-time option.

Entry criteria

Open to degree graduates. However, those who can demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind may be granted admission.

If English is not your first language, you must provide: New Zealand University Entrance OR IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Assessments: 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;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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