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 both Semester One and Semester Two, 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.
Graduate Diploma in Teaching students are eligible for the external TeachNZ Scholarships. Find out more and apply.