Faculty of Education
Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary)
This is a one-year programme to qualify you to be a primary (or intermediate) school teacher. In order to study this programme you must already hold a recognised bachelors degree.This qualification is for teaching at both primary and intermediate school level.
We are still accepting applications for 2014 for this programme. Apply now
Full-time: 1 year (part-time study options also available)
Taught at: Epsom Campus
Points per programme: 160 (intensive programme)
Note: this programme has an early start - on 21 January 2013. See brochure below for more details.
- Strong emphasis placed on practical experience in classrooms
- Qualifies you for Q3+ (a higher salary level that recognises your previous qualification)
- Learn the latest teaching techniques and theories, and ways to apply them in school and classroom settings.
What you'll be studying
This is an intensive programme equivalent to 1.3 years of full-time study completed within a 12-month period. Applicants should consider if they are able to take on this high workload commitment before applying.
During the course of your study you will:
- Study educational theory and practice and explore how children learn, grow and develop.
- Learn about the New Zealand primary curriculum and cover a variety of curriculum subjects.
- Undertake practical experience at schools in classrooms and work alongside experienced teachers to develop your teaching practice.
Choose your career
You will enter the workforce with a reputable and highly credible qualification from New Zealand's highest ranking university.
You will be qualified to teach in primary and intermediate schools and be eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration. With a three-year bachelors degree and a graduate diploma you will be eligible for a starting salary at Q3+ salary status, which is higher than the starting salary for those with only a bachelors degree.
Primary teachers with a degree in a secondary school curriculum subject eg, science, may be able to teach in secondary schools. It is also possible to apply for other secondary teaching positions eg, reading and language support.
Many students also use this qualification in other areas of employment and as a platform to entering into education-related roles in wider professions.
How do you get in?
The academic requirement for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) is a minimum of a:
- Bachelor’s degree at level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) consisting of at least 360 credits; or
- Bachelor’s degree with Honours at level 8 on the NZQF consisting of at least 480 credits; or
- Master’s degree at level 9 on the NZQF consisting of 240 credits
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.
Interested in 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.
Application for Admission
To apply for admission into this programme, visit Applying and enrolling