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

Enter a profession where the demand for teachers is high in New Zealand and overseas. 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.

This programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support children from Year 1 to Year 8 (typically aged 5-13) in their learning and development. You will get 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 and be taught basic proficiency in te reo Māori.

Academics who are experts in the field of Education and passionate about supporting the next generation of teachers will deliver a mixture of face-to-face lectures, tutorial and workshops and online learning. You will learn to teach the eight learning areas of: English, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences, Technology and Learning and Languages.

The programme emphasises practical experience. 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 Semester One, plus you’ll have an additional 12 weeks of block practicum in two different schools, meaning you spend 20 weeks in schools. You will be assigned a dedicated teacher within each school. This will help you to become a part of a community, establish connections to set you up in your career and gain the skills you need to prepare for the transition into teaching.

The programmes are shaped by a commitment to fairness and social justice. They are underpinned by principles in the Treaty of Waitangi and a determination to ensure equitable outcomes in learning.

When you successfully complete this programme you will be familiar with The New Zealand Curriculum and will be eligible to apply for provisional certification as a practising teacher in English-medium, primary and intermediate schools. 

Programme structure

This is an intensive programme equivalent to 1.25 years of full-time study completed within a 12-month period and combines theory and practice.

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?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$10,259.20*
International students
NZ$33,400*

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 $7.06 per point, estimated at $1,129.60 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.

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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 2019
1 November 2018

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  Wednesday — Friday
Monday & Tuesday in school
Wednesday 8 April: Mahi Tahi day 1

10 — 27 April MID-SEMESTER BREAK

28 April — 29 May


Lectures on Epsom Campus
Wednesday-Friday
Monday & Tuesday in school
Wednesday 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 resume at Epsom Campus Wednesday — Friday
Monday & Tuesday in schools
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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