Year 5 and 6 Teacher, Matamata Primary School - Matamata, New Zealand
- Graduate Diploma of Teaching
When Garth Edwards, an ICU nurse for the past 15 years, relocated from Wellington to the Waikato, he took the opportunity to retrain as a teacher with the one year Graduate Diploma Primary programme.
Garth was convinced to take the plunge and retrain for his new career after hearing really good things about the teaching programmes at Waikato. As a father with a young family, Waikato University’s strong reputation was a major factor in deciding to take a year off work.
He describes the programme as a lot of work and says that being organised is a key factor in order to stay on top of all the content that is covered.
“The course is really thorough and you learn all curriculum subject areas. There’s definitely a big focus on literacy and numeracy, as there’s a huge focus on these subjects when you’re teaching. A highlight has been being taught by Dr Sue Dymock, an expert on children’s literacy and exceptional with advice on how to teach reading and writing.”
Being able to apply this knowledge in the classroom through practicums has also been important.
Each school provided a unique experience, and Garth was able to work with different age groups and get a stronger idea of the area he’d like to teach in the future.
Since graduating, Garth landed a job as a Year 5 and 6 teacher at Matamata Primary School.
"Teaching has proven to be a challenging but extremely rewarding job. I believe the high intensity of the Waikato graduate diploma prepares you well for the workforce."