Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2025 Academic Year Term – 1 January
2025 Semester One – 3 March
Available locations
City, Online
Points
150
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

Secondary (high) school teachers are critical for inspiring our young people to develop the knowledge and skills needed for their future lives and the world of work.

New Zealand secondary schools (normally for students aged 13-18 years old) need teachers who are passionate about teaching their subjects and teachers who can encourage a love of learning in their students.

This one-year Graduate Diploma programme is the best preparation for teaching will qualify you to teach and become a provisionally-certificated teacher in accordance with the requirements of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is taught by experts in secondary education and lecturers who are specialists in their subjects.

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. The programme is highly practical with time spent in schools and lectures which will show you what and how to teach. You will also form important professional relationships with teachers and prospective employers.

The programme is suitable for those with a Bachelors Degree or higher. Whether you are adding a year to your existing degree or returning to study to change your career, this programme will enable you to 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.

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.

Modes of Delivery

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) is available both as a face-to-face programme at City Campus and as an online programme.

City Campus:

View the list of school subjects offered at City Campus.

Learning Areas and indicative subject specialisations:

English
The Arts: Dance, Drama, Music-Sound Arts, Visual Arts, Art History
Heath and Physical Education
Learning Languages: Languages, ESOL
Mathematics and Statistics
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Social Sciences: History, Geography, Classical Studies, Economics, Business Studies, Accounting, Social Sciences Independent Learning Subject (e.g. Religious Education, Media Studies, Psychology, Environmental Education)
Technology: Design for Visual Communication, Digital Technologies, Fabric, Food, Hard Materials

Online Programmes:

The online enrolment is available to students across New Zealand. For more information visit the Graduate Diploma in Teaching Online page.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) Online may be eligible to participate in our Teacher Education in Schools programme. This programme allows students to complete their teaching qualification online while being based in a secondary school. Read more about the Teacher Education in Schools Programme.

School subjects offered online:

Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences, History, Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, Visual Arts, Mathematics and Statistics, English, Te reo māori me ōna tikanga.

Still got questions? Email our Postgraduate Taught Recruitment Specialist at pgt@auckland.ac.nz

Programme structure

Students will complete 150 points in this one-year* programme through practical placements in secondary schools as well as taught courses on campus and online.

Students will learn about the New Zealand Curriculum and develop basic te reo Māori proficiency in addition to learning how to teach their subject speciality (for example: Science, Mathematics and Statistics, English, Visual Arts).

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

Professional Experience

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

2024

  • Observation: 21 February - 23 February
  • Professional Experience in School A: 25 March - 12 April, 29 April - 31 May
  • Professional Experience in School B: 29 July - 13 September

2025

  • Observation: 19 February - 21 February
  • Practicum One (School A): Wednesdays in School on 12 and 19 March, 24 March - 11 April (3 weeks) and 28 April - 30 May (5 weeks)
  • Practicum Two (School B): Wednesday in School on 23 July, 28 July - 12 September (7 weeks)

Read our Practicum FAQs here.

Careers Events

Careers Events are a core component of the programme. They provide students with opportunities to learn about job application processes, to hear from principals and first-year teachers about their teaching experiences, to develop their professional identity, and to have mock interviews with secondary school principals. These events help pre-service teachers 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 will also need to meet other requirements, including time 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.

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 after 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 612
    Name:
    Professional Practice: Secondary
    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
  • Code:
    EDUCSW 199
    Name:
    English Language Competency
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    0 pts

2024 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 on the Teaching Council website.

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 on the Teaching Council website.

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?

2024 fees

Domestic students
NZ8524.5*

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 per point, estimated at for full-time study (150 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

Application closing dates

Semester One 2024
15 January 2024

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

This programme starts earlier than standard university semester dates.

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

  • Researcher
  • Policy adviser for the Ministry of Education
  • Learning designer
  • Education consultant
  • School guidance counseller
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