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Graduate Diploma in Teaching

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching is subject to CUAP approval.

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.

Apply to enrol

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
Fees (International): $36,860 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 of Teaching - Early Childhood

  • Compulsory
  • Practicum
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Primary - taught

Before starting study students need to complete TEPS761 Professional Practice and Inquiry 1. This paper is offered as part of our Summer School Programme and run as a block course.

  • Compulsory
  • Practical Experience

To meet the needs of our students we recommend sitting down with the Programme leader to plan your program of study.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Primary - Supported online

Before starting study students need to complete TEPS761 Professional Practice and Inquiry 1. This paper is offered as part of our Summer School Programme and run as a block course.

  • Compulsory
  • Practical Experience

To meet the needs of our students we recommend sitting down with the Programme leader to plan your program of study. For more information contact our Student Advisors.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Graduate Diploma of Teaching - Secondary

  • Prof. education
  • Curriculum
  • Prof. practice
This information is provisional and subject to change.


Teacher Education applications open from 1 July every year. Please apply early (preferably between August and November) 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 referee support. As well as being selected as a suitable person to be a teacher, you will need to meet the admission requirements for the University.

To be eligible to apply for this programme, candidates must hold a Level 7 Bachelor's degree which is recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

If you are applying to study the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), you need to have taken papers in the subjects you wish to teach. When applying, you will be asked to submit your academic transcript(s), which your programme coordinator will review to see which subjects you can teach. Contact us for more information.

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Study in Tauranga

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching is available in Tauranga, with some online components, subject to sufficient student numbers. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.


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.


TeachNZ scholarships

TeachNZ also have a wide range of scholarships available throughout the year - learn more about these.


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  • Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree or Graduate Diploma (120 points) which supports the teaching of an NZ curriculum subject (80 points at 300 level)
  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga (subject to student numbers), online
  • Start date: January

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 eight 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.

Curriculum subjects

Curriculum subjects we are able to train you how to teach include (but are not limited to):

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health & Physical Education
  • History
  • Languages (various)
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Technology (all areas - see 'Aspiring Technology teachers' below)

Some smaller areas such as Psychology, Guidance Counselling and Environmental Studies are taught via special topics, however, students must be capable of teaching in another main area (based on papers taken in their previous qualification), such as Social Studies.

Please Note: This qualification will teach you how to teach these subjects, but not the content of these subjects. You must have prior knowledge of the subjects you wish to teach before commencing the programme.

Study locations and curriculum subjects

Most Hamilton students will be able to study their curriculum papers on campus. This qualification will be available in Tauranga, subject to student numbers. A small number of curriculum areas are taught fully online. Please contact us for more information to see which papers are available online and how you can structure your studies.


Aspiring Technology teachers

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) and Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Technology Teaching) – GradDip(Eng)

This combination is suited for people interested in technology, who have an industry based qualification and industry experience, but who do not have a Level 7 qualification. It is a two-year pathway which allows you to complete two qualifications concurrently: a Graduate Diploma in Teaching – Secondary, and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering - GradDip(Eng).

The GradDip(Eng) is taught through the School of Engineering and is suited for people wanting to become technology teachers. The course is completed at Hamilton campus over one year.

Find out more about the available papers.


  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga (subject to student numbers), online (MMP*)
  • Start date: January

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.

*Please Note: For the online MMP programme, you are required to find your own base school. Please contact us for more information.


  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga (subject to student numbers), online
  • Start date: January

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.

Please Note: There is a Kaupapa Māori option if there is sufficient demand.


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.

Learn more

Please Note: The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching is subject to CUAP approval.


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.

Learn more

Please Note: The Master of Teaching and Learning is subject to CUAP approval.


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 Ext: 4500 or + 64 7 838 4500
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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