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Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching

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

Due to complete your undergraduate degree, career change or already have a degree? Become a teacher and influence the future of New Zealand education in only one year with a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching. Challenge differences in society, amplify voices who are otherwise unheard and become a community partner and advocate.

If you’re due to complete your undergraduate degree or you’re seeking a career change and already have a degree, consider teaching.

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 Primary and Secondary teaching, the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching combines Professional Education papers with placements in schools to ensure you get the most out of your time with us.


Alternative Entry Pathway for the Graduate Diploma in Teaching

Please note: Applications for 2024 Alternative Entry Pathway are now closed and any applications received will be eligible for the 2025 programme.

The Alternative Entry Pathway offers the opportunity for people with a background in Trades/Technology, or with high levels of fluency in Te Reo Māori or Pacific language(s), to become a teacher/Kaiako in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary education.

We can recognise your experience in the Trades or your high levels of Te Reo Māori or Pacific language fluency and your interest in teaching. This expertise may enable you to apply for alternative entry into the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (GradDipTchg).

Applicants interested in alternative entry pathways, please complete this online eligibility form. We will contact you about the next steps before submitting an application for the GradDipTchg.

Criteria for Entry into Alternative Pathways

You will need to demonstrate that you meet the following criteria for entry;

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 into an alternative pathway will be required to enrol in and successfully complete one undergraduate paper prior to full enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

For more information on these pathways, and available undergraduate papers, please get in touch with us at: [email protected]

Apply to enrol

Key information

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor's degree with a B average

Year: 1
Points: 150
PGDipTchg Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: January (H Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $10,932 Per programme (150 points)
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Estimated Fees* (International): $35,900 Per programme (120 points)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*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 — Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching - Primary

This degree planner applies to study in 2023.

    * Available in Hamilton, Tauranga and Online

    This information is provisional and subject to change.

    Degree planner — Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching - Secondary

    This degree planner applies to study in 2023.

      This information is provisional and subject to change.


      Career opportunities

      • Primary School Teacher
      • Secondary School Teacher

      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 Postgraduate 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.

      Contact us for more information.

      Tips for applying


      Study in Tauranga

      The Postgraduate 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.


      TeachNZ scholarships

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


      View more scholarships


      Interested in continuing your postgraduate study in education?

      The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching is an entry qualification into the Master of Teaching and Learning. The Master of Teaching and Learning adds one 30-point research paper to the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, and is a Level 9 qualification, putting you at a higher salary step.

      Learn more


      • Entry requirements: Satisfied the requirements of a bachelors degree with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers.
      • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga, Online (subject to numbers)
      • Start date: January (H Trimester)

      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 500 level. These include Professional Experience papers.

      Your previous tertiary study

      Candidates for the secondary endorsement must have sufficient depth and breadth of relevant subject or curriculum knowledge at Levels 5-7. 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)

      • Entry requirements: Satisfied the requirements of a bachelors degree with at least a B grade average across the 300 level 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'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.


      Contacts

      Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

      Phone: 0800 WAIKATO (924 528) or 07 838 4176

      International: +64 7 807 9275

      Email: [email protected]

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

      Phone: +64 7 807 9275
      Email: [email protected]

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