Primary school teachers play a key role in inspiring young people and instilling a love of learning. As a primary teacher, you’ll teach a wide range of subject areas, while sharing your passion for specialised subjects such as sport, sciences, the arts and culture.
This practical programme, taught by experts in primary education, will qualify you to become a provisionally-certificated teacher in primary and intermediate schools (Year 1 to Year 8, typically children aged 5–13).
You will develop the tools you need to prepare you for 21st century classrooms where digital learning is key. Building strong relationships is vital, and diversity is welcomed. You will learn basic proficiency in te reo Māori and become familiar with the New Zealand curriculum.
Through placements at primary and intermediate schools, you will establish connections and develop practical skills. You will have the opportunity to apply to complete a practicum in a specialist school.
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'll 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'll form important relationships with teachers and prospective employers to secure work. You'll also earn a higher starting salary than teachers with employment-based qualifications.
Graduate Diploma in Teaching students are eligible for the external TeachNZ Scholarships. Find out more and apply.
Before you begin your teaching journey, there are a few key steps you need to complete, so we recommend applying early. Read about the process on our Info for applicants page.
The Graduate Diploma (Teaching) Primary is available online starting from 2022. The online enrolment will be limited to students with the ability to participate in practicum placements in Northland or within the Auckland Regional Boundary. For more information visit the Graduate Diploma (Teaching) Online page.