Teacher Education in Schools Programme

Fees free study, the ability to learn in a real classroom and a $10,000 stipend! Read more about our Teacher Education in Schools programme.

The Teacher Education in Schools Programme is an opportunity to gain a top teaching qualification from the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland in just one year - and for free!

Participants will spend 3 days a week embedded in a host school, where they will experience day-to-day school life, while simultaneously completing their Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) online.

Students will complete two practicums over the year, one of which will be at the host school, with a second placement at another participating school.

The programme offers flexibility of online learning as well as benefiting from being part of a school community, learning alongside experienced teachers, involvement in school activities, and building knowledge of effective teaching practices through observation and participation in the classroom.

Beginning in a school straight away meant by the time I went on observation, I was already comfortable in my school, so there was no anxiety around experiencing the first day in a new place.

Samaah, Teacher Education in Schools participant

This programme is for selected students who wish to qualify as a secondary school teacher in the following subjects: Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences, History, Mathematics and Statistics, English and Te reo Māori.

There are no minimum GPA requirements and more than 30 places available! 

Check out our flyer below for more details and apply for your Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) today!

Participating Schools for 2023 include: 

St Kentigern College 
Southern Cross High
Onehunga High School
Whangarei Girls High
De la Salle College
Mangere College
Kings College
Kamo High School
Tangaroa College
One Tree Hill College
Pompallier Catholic College

How do I apply?

Those interested in participating in the Teacher Education in Schools programme must first enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) - either the face-to-face or online option. 

Should you meet the eligibility requirements and receive an offer of place for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), you will be contacted with further instructions about the application process for the Teacher Education in Schools scholarship.


  • Learn on the job with 3 days a week in your host school 
  • Flexible learning
  • Complete your teaching qualification online while you teach
  • Get your study fees paid for you
  • No GPA requirement
  • $10,000 stipend (paid in instalments over 10 months)
  • A one year programme leading to provisional teaching registration 
  • Graduate with a prestigious Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Auckland