education and teaching

Graduate Diploma in Teaching

Graduate Diploma GradDipTchg
education and teaching

Become a teacher in as little as one year with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching, and transform learning, foster imagination and inspire the next generation to lead change.

This is a teaching qualification and will lead to becoming a registered teacher.

150 points, 1 year

Trimester H (January) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a GradDipTchg?

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

You'll spend a total of 80 days in two different schools or ECE centres putting your new skills to practice.

We recognise previous experience working in the Trades/Technology sectors and high fluency levels in Te Reo Māori or Pacific language(s) and can offer selected candidates entry into the GradDipTchg via the Alternative Entry Pathway. 

150 points, 1 year

Trimester H (January) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

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Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary)

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 provides 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.

Alternative Entry Pathway

Criteria for Alternative Entry Pathway

Technology: 

  • A relevant Trades qualification at Level 5, 6 or 7 on the NZQF or an equivalent qualification;
  • A minimum of five years of relevant work experience in the last eight years in a trade (eg. chef, patternmaker, builder, mechanic, cabinetmaker, illustrator) relevant to teaching technology education subjects.

Te Reo Māori:

  • A minimum of three years recent work (paid or voluntary) experience where the use of a high level of Te Reo Māori has been a significant aspect of the mahi; and
  • Achieved Whakamātauria Tō Reo Māori Level 4 (National Māori Language Proficiency Examinations); or
  • Completed all primary schooling and at least three years secondary schooling in Te Reo Māori; or
  • Completed five years of secondary schooling in the medium of Te Reo Māori, or
  • Other evidence of a high standard of Te Reo Māori competency will be considered on an individual basis.

Pacific Language(s):

  • A minimum of three years recent work (paid or voluntary) experience where the use of a high level of either Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island Māori or another Pacific language has been a significant aspect of the work; and
  • Achieved Level 4 certificate in either Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island Māori language; or
  • Completed all primary schooling and at least three years secondary schooling in the medium of Tongan, Samoan, Cook Island Māori language, or
  • Other evidence of a high standard of Tongan, Samoa, Cook Island Māori language will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants approved for entry via this pathway will be required to enrol in, and successfully complete, one undergraduate paper prior to full enrolment into the Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for Alternative Entry Pathway into the Graduate Diploma in Teaching, please complete this online eligibility form.

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School of Education

Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education, The University of Waikato, Gate 5, Hillcrest Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton, New Zealand