Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 20 January
2021 Semester One – 20 January
Available locations
Epsom
Points
150 (subject to final regulatory approval)
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

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.

Programme structure

Students will complete 150 points in this one-year programme through a combination of taught courses on campus, online learning and practical placements in primary schools.

Professional experience

Professional experience (also known as practicum) is a large component of this programme. You will work alongside experienced teachers in a range of primary and intermediate schools during practicum placements. You’ll be in schools twice a week in both Semester One and Semester Two, plus you’ll have an additional 12 weeks of block practicum in two different schools.

  • Practicum One (School A): 3–21 February
  • Practicum Two (School A): 25 May–26 June
  • Practicum Three (School B): 12 October–3 November

Capstone task and portfolio

At the end of the year, students present a portfolio, including a capstone task that consolidates theoretical and experiential learning throughout the year. 

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Sample programme structure

Year 1 150 points

  • Code:
    EDPROFST 609
    Name:
    Ako
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 625
    Name:
    Curriculum: Maths & Literacy 1
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 626
    Name:
    Curriculum: Maths & Literacy 2
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURRIC 627
    Name:
    Designing the Wider Curriculum
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    45 pts
  • Code:
    EDPRAC 600
    Name:
    Professional Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 603
    Name:
    Education and Society
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFM 600
    Name:
    Te Ao Maori
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUCM 199
    Name:
    Te Reo Māori
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    0 pts

2020 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 160 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 2.4

    Bachelors degree

Further programme requirements

Taught 160 points

You must have completed a bachelors degree in any discipline with a GPA of 2.4. Entrance is subject to satisfactory police check/s, safety checks, interview and referees’ reports. You will be required to sit literacy and numeracy tests.

You will also need to provide evidence of meeting the Teaching Council Matatū Aotearoa English Language Competency requirements by IELTS or an approved alternative. Further information on approved alternatives can be found here

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 160 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 2.4

    An undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    7.0

Further programme requirements

Taught 160 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in any discipline with a GPE of 2.4. Entrance is subject to satisfactory police check/s, safety checks, interview and referees’ reports. You will be required to sit literacy and numeracy tests.

You will also need to provide evidence of meeting the Teaching Council Matatū Aotearoa English Language requirements by IELTS or an approved alternative. Further information on approved alternatives can be found here

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) cost per year?

2020 fees

 

 

Domestic students
NZ$7,848*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $7.86 per point, estimated at $1,257.60 for full-time study (160 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2020
1 November 2019

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

  • 20 January 2019 Induction and first lecture
  • 20-31 January  Lectures on Epsom Campus
  • 3-21 February Part 1 of professional experience (practicum) in School A
  • 24-28 February Lectures on Epsom Campus
  • 2 March-9 April Lectures on Epsom campus on Wednesday-Friday, plus Monday-Tuesday in schools
  • 8 April Mahi Tahi day 1
10-27 April MID-SEMESTER BREAK
  • 28 April-29 May Lectures on Epsom Campus on Wednesday-Friday, plus Monday-Tuesday in school
  • 20 May Mahi Tahi day 2
  • 2-26 June Professional experience (practicum) in School A part 2
29 June – 17 July INTER-SEMESTER BREAK
  • 20 July — 25 September Lectures on Epsom Campus on Wednesday-Friday, plus Monday-Tuesday in school
  • Wednesday 16 September Mahi Tahi day 3
28 September — 9 October MID-SEMESTER BREAK
  • 12 October — 13 November Professional experience (practicum) in School B
  • 16 — 27 November Presentation of portfolio including the capstone task
     
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

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.

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