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Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching

The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching is subject to CUAP approval.

Become a teacher and influence the future of New Zealand education. With a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Waikato, you will 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.

If you’re due to complete your undergraduate degree or you’re seeking a career change and already have a degree, consider teaching. With a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching, become a certified 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 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.

This is a Level 8 qualification, putting you at at salary step Q4E for primary teachers and G4E for secondary teachers.

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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
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:

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Career opportunities

  • Primary School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher

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 Postgraduate 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching is available in Tauranga, with some online components, subject to sufficient student numbers. Please contact us at teach@waikato.ac.nz 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 teach@waikato.ac.nz 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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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 of Teaching, and is a Level 9 qualification, putting you at a higher salary step.

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


  • Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree with at least a B average in 300 level papers, and relevant experience. You must also have a body of knowledge that is relevant to the subjects you want to teach.
  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga (subject to student numbers), online
  • Start date: H Trimester (January) 2021.

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

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 will discuss and advise the appropriate programme for you once you 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)

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: You must have prior knowledge of each subject you want to teach before commencing the programme. Please email us on teach@waikato.ac.nz to see what subjects you can teach based off of your academic transcript.


  • Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree with at least a B average in 300 level papers, and relevant experience.
  • Location: Hamilton, Tauranga (subject to student numbers), online
  • Start date: H Trimester (January) 2021.

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 924 5286
Email: teach@waikato.ac.nz

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

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: international@waikato.ac.nz

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