Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2019 Semester One – 4 March
Available locations
Epsom, Tai Tokerau
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

Teaching at secondary (high school) level is an opportunity to inspire learners on the edge of adulthood with your passion for a specialised subject area.

During this programme you will study educational theory and practice specific to secondary teaching and learn the curriculum specific to your subject area(s). With a strong emphasis on the importance of gaining practical experience, you will undertake work in secondary classrooms in your practicum element.

By the end of the programme you will be eligible to apply for provisional teacher certification as a practising teacher in secondary schools.

Programme structure

To pass this programme you must complete 120 points. This is made up of two courses (60 points) and two electives (60 points).

For detailed course information, read here.

Sample programme structure

120 points 120 points
  • Code:
    EDPRAC 608
    Name:
    Professional Learning in Practice
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    EDPROFST 612
    Name:
    Te Whakaako in NZ Secondary Schools
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Name:
    Course related to your curriculum area.
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Name:
    Course related to your curriculum area.
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts

2018 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.

  • Taught 120 points 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, read 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.

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, read here.

How much does a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,396*
International students
NZ*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 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 $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 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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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

This programme may not be offered at Tai Tokerau Campus every year. 

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 2018
1 November 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

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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