Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg))

Points per degree 120 - 160
Full-time study 1 year (full-time only)
Taught by Faculty of Education and Social Work
Taught at Epsom Campus; some courses offered at Tai Tokerau Campus and Manukau Institute of Technology, and online
Application Closing date Applications for 2017 are now closed
Start date ECE/Primary- 23 January 2017, Secondary - 6 March 2017


If you already have a degree, or an equivalent qualification recognised by the University of Auckland, you can qualify to become a teacher after just one year of full-time study at graduate diploma level.

Over the year you will study educational theory and practice and learn about the New Zealand curriculum specific to your area of teaching or subject area. You will undertake practical experience in schools or centres (depending on your specialisation) and work alongside experienced teachers to develop your teaching practice.

Choose to study either Early Childhood Education, Primary teaching or Secondary teaching depending on your qualification(s) and area of interest.*

*Note: If you want to study to become a secondary school teacher your previous degree must link to secondary school subjects and the curriculum courses you choose to study must be aligned to that.

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Programme highlights

  • Become a qualified teacher in just one year
  • Strong emphasis placed on practical experience in schools/centres
  • May qualify you for a higher pay scale than a bachelors degree in teaching

Career opportunities

  • Teacher at ECE, primary or secondary level

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