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 (full-time only)
Taught at

Epsom Campus: All courses

Points per degree 120
Start date
Semester One


  • 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.



Requirement: 120 points Course code Course title Semester
60 points from EDPROFST 612 Te Whakaako in NZ Secondary Schools Contact the Student Centre
EDCURSEC 687 Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy Semester 1, 2

30 points from:


EDPRAC 605 Teaching Portfolio Secondary 1 Contact the Student Centre
EDPRAC 606 Teaching Portfolio Secondary 2 Contact the Student Centre
EDPRAC 608 Professional Learning in Practice Contact the Student Centre
30 points from:
EDCURSEC 603–690 Browse course catalogue to view these courses  

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.

View the full regulations for this programme.

For more information about registration requirements visit the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand 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 achieved, Level 2 NCEA University Entrance literacy credits, you will be exempted from the ITE Academic IELTS requirement. For University Entrance literacy you must have eight credits (4 in reading, 4 in writing) if gained prior to 2014 else ten credits (5 in reading, 5 in writing) from 2014 onwards.

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


Further study

With a GradDipTchg you could go on to postgraduate study (eg, Master of Education 180 points or the Postgraduate Certificate in Education). With three years of teaching experience, it is also possible to enter directly into the Master of Professional Studies in Education. Your masters degree can lead to doctoral study in education.


Compliance with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014

A safety check will be completed to ensure applicants meet all the requirements stipulated in the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.


Fees and scholarships

Find out the cost of tuition at the University, how to pay your fees and important dates. 

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships and University awards available to help you pay for your study. Learn more about postgraduate scholarships and how to apply.


Application for admission

Apply now or learn more about the application process (How to apply).