Eligibility to teach your chosen subject
Are you eligible to teach your chosen secondary subjects?
To enter into one of our secondary teaching programmes, you must already hold a bachelors degree in an area related to the New Zealand secondary curriculum.
To specialise in your requested subjects, you’ll usually need to have completed papers up to 300 level (or the equivalent final year of study) in that subject.
- Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry
- Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematical Investigations
- English, English Literacy, Media Studies
- Languages, ESOL [English for Speakers of Other Languages], Te Reo Māori
- Social Sciences, History, Geography, Classical Studies
- Visual Arts, Digital Design and Photography, Art History
- Music, Musicking – Band, Choir and Conducting
- Dance, Drama
- Health and Physical Education, Health Education
- Food Technology, Fabric Technology, Hard Materials Technology, Design for Visual Communication, Digital Technologies
- Business and Commerce, Business Studies, Economics, Accounting
- Special Topic (self-directed study on a subject taught in schools - possibilities include Religious Studies, Environmental Education, Latin, etc.)
Note: In 2022 the Online Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is only available for the following subjects: Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences, History, Mathematics and Statistics, English and Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
All applicants are subject to an assessment of their previous qualifications by our academic selection team.
If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to apply for a subject, please submit your application anyway. We will help you through the next stages of your application.
Once you’re qualified as a teacher, you’ll be able to teach any subject that your school approves.
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