Duration
Full-time: 1 year
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.

If you have a strong major in a subject taught in secondary schools this programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to teach students from Year 9 to Year 13 (typically aged 13-18). If your major is in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Te Reo Māori you will be in especially high demand and may be eligible to apply for a TeachNZ scholarship.

You will gain 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 alongside a range of diverse students 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 as well as online learning.

The programme is shaped by a commitment to fairness and social justice. It is 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 secondary school 

Programme structure

To pass this programme you must complete 150 points. 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. Practical experience is key. You will work alongside experienced teachers in a range of secondary schools during practicum placements. You’ll start with a three-day observation practicum in February, then you’ll have two blocks of practicum throughout the year: one of eight weeks and one of seven weeks.

They key secondary subjects we prepare teachers for are: Accounting, Art, Art History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Dance, Drama, Design Visual Communications, Economics, English, Environmental Education, Education outside of the classroom), Geography, Health Education, History, Languages, Maths, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education, Special Topic (e.g. Legal Studies, Psychology), Te reo Māori, Technology and TESSOL.

We teach these across nine learning areas:
• English
• Maths and Statistics
• Science
• (Visual) Art and Technology
• Social Sciences
• Performance Arts (Music, Dance, Drama)
• Physical Education and Health
• Languages
• Beyond the NZ Curriculum (Commerce, Religious Education, ESOL)

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

1 year 150 points

  • Code:
    EDPROFST 613
    Name:
    The Adolescent Learner
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDUC 603
    Name:
    Education and Society
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 614
    Name:
    The Inquiring Professional
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURSEC 692
    Name:
    Design for Learning
    Type:
    Compulsory core course across across learning areas: Science, English, Languages, Social Sciences, Art and Technology, Performing Arts, PE and Health, Maths & Statistics, Beyond the NZ Curriculum
    Points:
    45 pts
  • Code:
    EDCURSEC 691
    Name:
    Teaching Subject Specialism
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    EDPRAC 600
    Name:
    Professional Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFM 600
    Name:
    Te Ao Māori
    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 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 2.4

    Bachelors degree

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed a bachelors degree in any discipline with 300- or 400-level courses in a subject/s appropriate to the New Zealand secondary school curriculum learning areas. You will need 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.

For detailed information about your eligibility to teach in your curriculum area of interest, visit Eligibility to teach your chosen subject.

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

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 120 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 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognised university (or similar institution) with advanced level courses in a subject/s appropriate to the New Zealand secondary school curriculum learning areas. You will need 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.

For detailed information about your eligibility to teach in your curriculum area of interest, visit Eligibility to teach your chosen subject.

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 (Secondary) cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,694.40*
International students
NZ$25,050*

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 $847.20 for full-time study (120 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

Induction and first lecture

20 January — 20 March
 
Lectures on Epsom Campus

February 19, 20, 21

Three-day observation practicum

Wednesday 11 and 18 March

Observing in School A

23 March — 9 April


Professional experience (practicum in School A)

10 — 27 April MID-SEMESTER BREAK

28 April — 29 May

Professional experience in School A continues

1 June

Lectures resume on Epsom Campus

8 June

Semester 2 lectures begin

29 June — 3 July

Careers Week

6 July – 17 July INTER-SEMESTER BREAK


20 July

Lectures resume at Epsom Campus

Wednesday 22 July

Observation in School B

27 July — 11 September

Professional experience (practicum) in School B

14 – 25 September

Lectures on Epsom Campus

28 September — 9 October MID-SEMESTER BREAK

12 —23 October

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 secondary schools in New Zealand, the programme will also provide you with 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 secondary school teachers.

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