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.
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The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is available online in science, biology, chemistry, physics, social sciences, history, mathematics and statistics, english and te reo māori me ōna tikanga subjects. 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.
Got some questions? Email our Postgraduate Taught Recruitment Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.