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

Secondary (high) school teachers are critical for developing knowledge and inspiring our young people, typically aged between 11 and 18, as they navigate and prepare for the future world of work. 

New Zealand secondary schools need more teachers to inspire a love for learning in our young people, especially those with expertise in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subjects and te reo Māori. This one-year programme is the best teaching preparation for those with a bachelors degree and a passion for sharing their knowledge and talents. 

Whether you are adding a year to your existing degree or returning to study to change your career, this practical programme, taught by experts in secondary education, will qualify you to become a provisionally-certificated teacher in secondary schools.

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 will 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 will also form important relationships with teachers and prospective employers to secure employment and start earning a higher starting salary sooner than 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 secondary schools.

Students will learn about the New Zealand Curriculum and develop basic te reo Maori proficiency in addition to learning how to teach their subject speciality (for example: history, mathematics, English, dance, commerce, chemistry).

* Part-time study options are also available (with the approval of the Programme Leader).

Professional Experience

Professional Experience (also known as practicum) is a large component of this programme. Students will observe and work alongside secondary teachers in two different secondary schools for a total of 15 weeks throughout the year.  A three-day observation in February provides an opportunity to experience the start of a school year.

  • Observation: February
  • Professional Experience in School A: March – May (8 weeks)
  • Professional Experience in School B: July – September (7 weeks)

Careers Week

A dedicated Careers Week is a core component of the programme and provides students with the opportunity to develop their professional identity and have mock interviews with secondary school principals to prepare for the transition into a teaching career.

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

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 150 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 150 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

Applications have closed for 2019. 

2020 Indicative fee

Indicative fees for this 150-point programme for domestic students are $7,848, indicative fees for international students are $33,216.

Fees for 2020 have not yet been confirmed by the University Council and will be updated on this website before the end of the calendar. 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 estimated at $1,090.00 for full-time study (150 points) in 2020.  

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

This programme starts in January, earlier than standard university semester dates. 
 
  • 20 January Induction and first lecture
  • 20 January-20 March Lectures at Epsom Campus
  • 19, 20, 21 February Three-day observation in a school
  • 11 and 18 March Professional Experience: Observing in School A
  • 23 March-9 April Professional experience 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
  • 29 June-3 July Careers Week

6 July – 17 July INTER-SEMESTER BREAK

  • 20 July Lectures resume at Epsom Campus
  • 22 July Professional Experience: Observation in School B
  • 27 July-11 September Professional experience 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.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Curriculum developer
  • Education consultant
  • Learning designer
  • Mental health education specialist
  • Policy adviser for the Ministry of Education
  • Researcher
  • Secondary teacher
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