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Graduate Diploma of Teaching

Inspire the next generation, transform learning and foster imagination by becoming a teacher. A Graduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Waikato sets you up to become a skilled and reflective teacher. We produce qualified teachers who are in high demand both in New Zealand and around the world.

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 of Teaching and become a qualified teacher in only one year. Entry into this programme requires a bachelors degree.

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 GradDipT combines Professional Education papers with placements in schools (or ECE centres).

Te Kura Toi Tangata Secondary School Future Teacher Bursary

Established in 2020, this bursary aims to support those wanting to go into secondary school teaching with a $1,000 contribution to their fees. Nominated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Division of Education and a Teacher Education Selection Panel at the time of interview, the bursary is available for domestic students thinking of studying in 2020. Recipients’ grade point average will also be considered. Students are nominated at the time of application. If you are eligible for this bursary and would like to be considered, read more here and get in touch with our team at to voice your interest.

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Key information

Years: 1.0
Points: 120 (Secondary) - 153 (ECE and Primary)
GradDipT Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Early January (Early Childhood and Primary) February (Secondary)
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. You will need to 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 university.

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

The GradDipT (Secondary) is available at least partially in Tauranga, with some online components. Curriculum area papers are largely Hamilton-only, although some are available in Tauranga or online.

Tauranga-based students can complete a GradDipT in either Early Childhood or Primary through mixed media presentation. This means studying online and attending two or three week-long block courses in Hamilton.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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  • Entry requirements: Bachelors degree or Graduate Diploma (120 points) which supports the teaching of an NZ curriculum subject (80 points at 300 level)
  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, mixed media presentation (MMP - mainly online with some week-long blocks of contact time in Hamilton)
  • Start date: February

Prepare yourself for a career in secondary schools, working with young people aged 13-18 years old. We can prepare you for most curriculum subjects. There are currently shortages in English, maths, science, technology and te reo Māori. NZTeach have a wide range of scholarships available throughout the year - learn more about these.

You'll learn how to teach your curriculum areas and develop skills in teaching and learning. This programme consists of eight papers (120 points) at 700 level. Three cover your chosen curriculum area, two are practicums, and three are Professional Education papers.

Your previous tertiary study

Your chosen curriculum area needs to align with your previous tertiary study. To teach an NZ 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 discusses and advises the appropriate programme once applicants reach the interview stage.

Curriculum subjects

Curriculum subjects we 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)

Please Note: that 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.

Study locations and curriculum subjects

Your study location - Hamilton, Tauranga, or mixed media presentation (MMP) - affects the mode of delivery of some curriculum papers.

Most Hamilton students will be able to study their curriculum papers on campus. Tauranga students are usually required to study these papers online, with some time also spent in Hamilton. A small number of curriculum areas are taught fully online.

If you're not planning to study in Hamilton, it's advisable to contact us to discuss the curriculum area you wish to specialise in and how your programme will be structured. Contact our team on

Aspiring Technology teachers

Graduate Diploma of 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 of 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, or mixed media presentation (MMP - mainly online with 15 days on campus in Hamilton - five each in January, June, and August)
  • Start date: Early January

Prepare yourself for a career in primary, intermediate and middle schools or kura, working with children from five to 13 years old. You'll gain a solid foundation in all aspects of the New Zealand curriculum, classroom management, the teaching and learning process and educational policies and practices. During the year there will be three practica, with 14 weeks spent full-time at a school under the supervision of an associate teacher.

  • Location: Mixed media presentation (MMP - mainly online with 10 days on campus in Hamilton, five each in January and May)
  • Start date: Early January

Prepare yourself for a career working in a variety of early childhood settings with children from birth up to six years old. This programme consists of 12 compulsory Professional Education and curriculum teaching papers (153 points at 700 level), and three practica. You'll gain practical and theoretical knowledge about how children learn and develop, and an understanding of Te Whariki, the Early Childhood Curriculum.

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

Our other teaching qualifications include a more intensive one-year option, a te reo Māori immersion PGDipEd, and a technology-specific Bachelors degree.

A more intensive one-year course: Master of Teaching and Learning (MTchgLn)

An intensive one-year programme that prepares students with specialist skills and enhanced knowledge teaching in primary or secondary, or Māori medium kura or whārekura settings.

This is a more intensive course aimed at high achievers, and requires a higher entry criteria. The advantage of completing this aspirational course is a higher starting salary when entering the teaching profession.

In 2020 we are not taking enrolments in the Master of Teaching and Learning - for other study pathways please contact one of our team on

More: MTchgLn

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.

Prepare to teach Technology: Bachelor of Education (Technology)

This Bachelor of Education (Technology) programme is for qualified and registered teachers of technology or trades-qualified people considering technology teaching. This qualification meets the G3+ or Q3+ qualification group for salary purposes. This option is also suitable for undergraduate students interested in technology in secondary schools.

Read more about the BEd(TEch)


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Phone: 0800 924 528 Ext: 4500 or + 64 7 838 4500

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