Faculty of Education and Social Work

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)

Use your degree to turn your expertise, talent and passion into a career that inspires generations of young learners

Quick facts
1 year (part-time study options also available. Note that practical placements are full-time blocks)
Taught at

Epsom Campus: All courses
The University of Auckland at Manukau: In 2016 one core course (EDPROFST 612) may be offered at Manukau Institute of Technology's Otara Campus in an early evening time-slot.

Tai Tokerau Campus: Not available in 2016.

Points per degree 120
Start date
Semester One

Applications to start this programme in Semester One 2016 are still open. Apply now.


  • Strong emphasis placed on gaining practical experience in schools and classrooms.
  • Learn the curriculum for your subject area(s) and the essential wider skills and understanding needed to be an effective teacher.
  • TeachNZ scholarships may be available for areas of demand.

What you'll be studying

During the course of your study you will:

  • Study educational theory and practice specific to secondary teaching and adolescents.
  • Study curriculum courses specific to your qualification and teaching subject/s.
  • Undertake practical experience in secondary classrooms and work alongside experienced teachers to develop your teaching practice.

More about curriculum subjects and courses

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Choose your career

With a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) you will be eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration. You’ll be qualified to teach at secondary school level, utilising your undergraduate degree to teach one or more secondary school subjects. This programme aims to equip you with curriculum knowledge and management skills to assist you to be confident in the classroom from day one. The programme can also lead to other education-related careers. You can also go on to postgraduate level study and research.


How do you get in?

The academic requirement for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is a minimum of a:

  • Bachelor’s degree at level 7 on the NZQF consisting of at least 360 credits ; or
  • Graduate Diploma /or a Diploma for Graduates at level 7 on the NZQF consisting of 120 credits; or
  • Bachelor’s degree with Honours at level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 480 credits; or
  • Postgraduate Diploma at level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 120 credits; or
  • Master’s degree at level 9 on the NZQF consisting of 240 credits.

In each of the above secondary teaching options, the entry qualification will have papers to 300 or 400 level in a teaching subject appropriate to the secondary school curriculum. Your previous degree must link to a secondary school subject(s) and the curriculum courses you choose to study must be aligned to that. For example, you could elect to take Science with a view to becoming a science teacher if you already have a degree in Science. If you have a degree in Fine Arts, you could elect to take Art and/or Art History.

We will work with you to identify your options. Each curriculum course has entry requirements.

Overseas qualifications will need to be assessed by the University for equivalence with New Zealand degree qualifications.

Personal references, a literacy and numeracy assessment and an interview are part of the selection process.

Contact the faculty for further information.

Further information is on the New Zealand Teachers Council website.

English language requirements

Applicants who have English as an additional language and are not a graduate at degree level (Level 7 or higher) from a New Zealand or Australian higher education institution will need to provide an Academic IELTS assessment. The Academic IELTS assessment must have a minimum score of at least 7.0 or higher in each of the IELTS modules. If you have studied at secondary school in New Zealand for at least two years, and have eight, Level 2 NCEA University Entrance literacy credits (four credits in reading and four credits in writing), you would be exempted from the ITE Academic IELTS requirement.

International students - for IELTS entry requirements, refer to English language requirements.


Further study

With a GradDipTchg you could go on to postgraduate study (eg, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, which offers a number of specialisations). This can lead to study in education at masters and doctoral level. With three years of teaching experience, it is also possible to enter directly into the Master of Professional Studies in Education. See our postgraduate prospectus for more information.

Application for Admission

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