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Graduate Diploma in Teaching

Already have a bachelor’s degree or ready to start a new career? Become a teacher in only one year with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching, and transform learning, foster imagination and inspire the next generation to lead change.

If you’re due to complete your undergraduate degree or you’re seeking a career change and already have a degree, study a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and become a qualified teacher in only one year.

Teachers are influential community members, making a difference to young people and their learning, knowledge and skill acquisition. They play a major role in helping their students develop their independence and success in their lives.

As a graduate of this programme, you will be among the best-prepared teaching graduates and highly regarded by education employers, within New Zealand and overseas. With separate courses for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary teaching, the Graduate Diploma in Teaching combines Professional Education papers with placements in schools or ECE Centres.

Spend 80 days in total in two different schools or early childhood centres putting your new skills to practice.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor's degree

Years: 1.0
Points: 150
GradDipTchg Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: January (H Semester)
Fees (International): $39,105 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Graduate Diploma in Teaching - Early Childhood

  • Core Papers
  • Practical Experience

*Available in Hamilton and Online

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Graduate Diploma in Teaching – Primary

  • Core Papers
  • Practical Experience

*Available in Hamilton, Tauranga and Online

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Graduate Diploma in Teaching - Secondary

  • Core Paper
  • Practical Experience

*Available in Hamilton, Tauranga and Online

This information is provisional and subject to change.


Teacher Education applications open from 1 July every year. Please apply early as all applicants are subject to an interview and selection process. Selection of applicants is based on academic background, communication skills, personal qualities, background experiences, and a literacy and numeracy assessment. As well as meeting the selection criteria, you will need to meet the admission requirements for the University.

To be eligible to gain entry into this programme, candidates must hold a Bachelors Degree at level 7 on the NZ Qualifications Framework or a recognised equivalent.

If you are applying to study the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), in addition to the qualification requirements, candidates seeking to enter a secondary programme must have sufficient depth and breadth of a relevant subject or curriculum knowledge from Levels 5 to 7, or higher, in their entry qualification that is relevant for teaching a particular secondary school subject. When you apply for the programme you will need to submit your degree transcript(s). The programme leader/coordinator will discuss and advise the appropriate programme once you reach the interview stage.

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Tips for applying


Study in Tauranga

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching is available in Tauranga, subject to sufficient numbers.


Te Kura Toi Tangata Secondary School Future Teacher Bursary

Study secondary teaching with the Division of Education at the University of Waikato and be considered for our new bursary, designed to assist secondary school student teachers in their studies. Recipients receive a $1,000 contribution towards their fees. Students are nominated at the time of interview. A student’s grade point average is also considered. If you are eligible for this bursary and would like to be considered, please read more and get in touch with our team at [email protected] to voice your interest.


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  • Entry requirements: Satisfied the requirements of a university degree or another qualification recognised by the Teaching Council as acceptable for provisional registration as a teacher in a secondary school; and satisfied The Teaching Council’s selection criteria for Initial Teacher Education programmes.
  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, Online (subject to numbers)
  • Start date: January (H Semester)

Prepare yourself for a career in secondary schools, working with young people aged 13-18 years old.

You'll learn how to teach your curriculum areas and develop skills in teaching and learning. This programme consists of nine papers (150 points) at 400 level.

Your previous tertiary study

Your chosen curriculum area needs to align with your previous tertiary study. To teach a New Zealand curriculum subject at senior level (year 11-13), 300 level university papers are required. To teach junior levels (year 7-10), 100 and 200 level university papers are required. When you apply for the programme you will need to submit your degree transcript(s). The programme leader/coordinator will discuss and advise the appropriate programme once you reach the interview stage.

Learning/Subject Areas

Learning Areas:

  1. English
  2. The Arts
  3. Health and Physical Education
  4. Learning and Languages
  5. Mathematics and Statistics
  6. Science
  7. Social Sciences
  8. Technology

Subject Areas:

  1. English
  2. The Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts)
  3. Health and Physical Education
  4. Learning Languages
  5. Mathematics and Statistics
  6. Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  7. Social Sciences (Business Studies, Economics, Geography, History)
  8. Technology (includes areas of computational thinking, designing and developing digital outcomes, designing and developing processed outcomes, designing and developing material outcomes, and design and visual communications – all taught together).

Career changers: Technology education (Secondary)

The University of Waikato has the tradition of providing a pathway into teaching for people in the trades who are looking for a career change. We have designed a new two-year pathway for those who do not meet the entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary). The pathway consists of two separate qualifications, including a Diploma in Education, and then a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary).

Before proceeding, applicants will first be interviewed to determine suitability for teaching. Entry to the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) is only assured on successful completion of the Diploma in Education, and if the applicant meets the selection criteria for teaching.

The Diploma in Education consists of 120 points, including 75 points at 200 level or above, taken from the existing prescriptions for Arts Education, Education, Education and Society, Language and Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, and/or Science Technology and Environmental Education. The Diploma will be endorsed in the field in which at least 75 points are gained.

Find out more about the available papers.


  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, Online (subject to numbers)
  • Start date: January (H Trimester)

Prepare yourself for a career in primary, intermediate and middle schools or kura, working with children from five to 13 years old. You will gain a solid foundation in all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum, classroom management, the teaching and learning process and educational policies and practices.


  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, Online (subject to numbers)
  • Start date: January (H Trimester)

Prepare yourself for a career working in a variety of early childhood settings with children from birth up to six years old. Gain practical and theoretical knowledge about how children learn and develop, and an understanding of Te Whāriki, the Early Childhood Curriculum.


Our other teaching qualifications include the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, Master of Teaching and Learning and a te reo Māori immersion Postgraduate Diploma in Education.


Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching

Develop your knowledge of manaakitanga, manamotuhake, ngā whakapiringatanga, wānanga and ako, and kotahitanga. Challenge differences in society, amplify voices who are otherwise unheard and become a community partner and advocate.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching is a Level 8 qualification, putting you at a higher salary step.

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Master of Teaching and Learning

The Master of Teaching and Learning is an intensive one-year programme that will prepare you with specialist skills and enhanced knowledge of teaching in primary or secondary schools. Aimed at high achievers, this programme requires a higher entry criteria.

The Master of Teaching and Learning is a Level 9 qualification, putting you at a higher salary step.

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Te Rōpū Tohu Paerua Mātauranga Māori PGDipEd (Te Rōpū Tohu Paerua)

Ka aro tēnei tohu ki ngā horopaki huhua o ngā kaiwhakaako o te akomanga rumaki, reo rua  hoki. Ka kawe ngā akoranga o tēnei hōtaka mā te reo Māori. E whā ngā pepa (120 ngā piro) ā kei te kaupae tuarima tēnei Tohu Paerua Rumaki. Ka akohia tēnei hōtaka mā te rorohiko (NET) me ngā wānanga (HAM).

Postgraduate Diploma (Education) (Māori Medium Teaching)

This Postgraduate Diploma in Education specialisation suits teachers who want to adapt their classroom organisation and teaching styles to meet learners needs within kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori, immersion Māori and bilingual schools and units. This programme is delivered through the medium of te reo Māori. The PGDipEd (Māori Medium Teaching) comprises the equivalent of four (120 points) 500 level papers. The papers are delivered online (NET) and face-to-face through block sessions (HAM). Find out more about the qualification regulations.


Contacts

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education
Phone: 0800 924 528 or +64 7 838 4610
Email: [email protected]

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: [email protected]

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