Online Graduate Diploma in Teaching FAQ

Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about our newly launched Online Graduate Diploma in Teaching study option.

Is the Online Graduate Diploma in Teaching available for each of the specialisations?

Yes, from 2022 you will be able to study online for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood), (Primary) or (Secondary). Please note that in 2022 the Online Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is only available in Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, History, English and Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga subjects.

When does the programme commence? 

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) and (Primary) both start on 17 January 2022. The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) starts on 1 February 2022. These start dates are the same as those for the face-to-face versions of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching. 

What are the entry requirements?  

The entry requirements are the same across both the online and face-to-face versions of each Graduate Diploma in Teaching programme. Note that the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) has different entry requirements to the (ECE) and (Primary) specialisations. 

Visit the programme pages for detailed entry requirements (ECE), (Primary) and Secondary.

What equipment will I need?

You must have reliable Internet broadband connection and access to a PC or laptop to participate in the programme. Tablets or other mobile devices won't be suitable for online academic study.

Can I swap from the online to the face-to-face study option if I don’t enjoy being online all the time? 

No, you cannot swap between the online and face-to-face study option once your enrolment has been completed. As an online student you need to ensure you have access to a good internet connection and you can commit to the requirements of self-directed learning. 

Where can I do my teaching practicum if I am an online student? 

Our practicum team will work with you to find a suitable placement, as close to where you live as possible, in Auckland or Northland.  View the map here

Can I be an online student and live somewhere else in New Zealand? 

Yes, as long as you can attend your practicum placements in Auckland or Northland.

I want to do the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) online. What subjects can I teach? 

The Online Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is available in 2022 for the following subjects: Sciance, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, History, English and Te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

Can I come onto the university campus and use the facilities like the library? 

Yes, as an enrolled student you can use the campus facilities.  

Can I drop into lectures on campus? 

No, if you are an enrolled online student you cannot attend face-to-face classes, seminars or workshops on campus.  

When are online classes scheduled? 

There is no schedule of online classes. Study materials which will include a range of videos, reading and interactive content are made available online in a timely manner that aligns with the pace of the course. You can engage with the range of course materials provided to you at a time that suits you.   

Can I do as much or as little as I want each week?

The Online Graduate Diploma in Teaching study option is generally aligned to the face-to-face delivery and will be arranged so that you will have to complete certain tasks within a set time period. This will help you manage your study workload and help you succeed in the programme. 

Why do I need a police check? 

All applicants to the Graduate Diploma in Teaching programme require a police vetting check. This is mandated by both the New Zealand Teaching Council and the University of Auckland.

Will the qualification I receive at the end be different because I studied online and not face-to-face? 

No, the qualification is the same. The course content and the practicum requirements will ensure that you meet all the requirements to start your registration with the New Zealand Teaching Council.

Where will my practicum placements be? 

Practicum placements are arranged, to be reasonably close to your home location wherever possible. All practicum placements are within the Auckland Regional Boundary or Northland.  View the practicum placement boundary map.

What are the fees? 

The fees for the Online Graduate Diploma in Teaching are the same whether you choose to study online or face-to-face.

How long will it take to study online? 

The duration is one full year of study, commencing early in the calendar year. 

Have further questions? Get in touch with us, we will be happy to assist with your study planning.