As a primary teacher, you will introduce children to the world of learning, and start them on their road to reading, writing, and mathematics. It's a very rewarding and satisfying career in which you can make a real difference in children's lives.
Primary teachers work with children in Years 1 to 8 (ages 5 to 13) in primary, intermediate, middle, and area schools.
Primary teacher education students:
- want to teach all school subjects
- are interested in working with children and their communities
- are organised and well prepared
- are nurturing and enjoy cultivating a love of learning in others.
The Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) is for university graduates with a bachelor's degree who wish to become a primary school teacher. There are a number of study options available to students including:
- one-year full-time on campus in Ōtautahi Christchurch
- one-year full-time or equivalent part-time study by distance.
A significant factor in this programme's success is the emphasis placed on students completing courses in all school curriculum areas. Students who successfully complete the Diploma will meet Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand graduating teachers standards requirements and may be eligible for provisional registration with the Council as a teacher.
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