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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

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Secondary (high) school teachers are critical for developing knowledge and inspiring our young people, typically aged between 11 and 18, as they navigate and prepare for the future world of work.

New Zealand secondary schools need more teachers to inspire a love for learning in our young people, especially those with expertise in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subjects and te reo Maori. This one-year programme is the best teaching preparation for those with a bachelors degree and a passion for sharing their knowledge and talents.

Whether you are adding a year to your existing degree or returning to study to change your career, this practical programme, taught by experts in secondary education, will qualify you to become a provisionally-certificated teacher in secondary schools.

Shaped by a commitment to fairness and social justice, the programme is underpinned by principles in the Treaty of Waitangi and a determination to ensure equitable learning outcomes for our young people.

You will gain an internationally-recognised degree from the only New Zealand University to rank in the top 50 in the world for Education as a subject. You will also form important relationships with teachers and prospective employers to secure employment and start earning a higher starting salary sooner than employment-based qualifications.

Programme structure: Students will complete 150 points in this one-year (Part-time study options are also available (with the approval of the Programme Leader)). programme through a combination of taught courses on campus, online learning and practical placements in secondary schools.

Students will learn about the New Zealand Curriculum and develop basic te reo Maori proficiency in addition to learning how to teach their subject speciality (for example: history, mathematics, English, dance, commerce, chemistry).

Where could this programme take you?: While many graduates go on to teach in primary schools in New Zealand or overseas, the programme will also provide you with a range of transferable skills that can be applied to a range of careers. By already holding a bachelors degree you will be eligible to start on a higher step of the salary scale in services covered by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) teaching collective agreement for primary school teachers.

Jobs related to this programme: Curriculum developer, Hospital play specialist, Human resource adviser, Learning designer, Policy adviser for the Ministry of Education, Primary school teacher, Researcher

Further study options: Master of Education, Master of Professional Studies in Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Social and Community Leadership, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory.

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in any discipline with a GPE of 2.4.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0 and No bands less than 7.0.

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