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Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

  • ID:UC640033
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary) must have:

  • qualified for a bachelor's degree (or higher); or
  • been admitted ad eundem statum (with equivalent standing) as entitled to enrol for the Diploma; and
  • approval as a candidate by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences, on the recommendation of a Selection Committee.

The GradDipTchLn(Primary) has one intake each February. Selection for entry is based on:

  • academic ability, involvement and interest in working with children, community involvement, communication skills, and other personal qualities as outlined in the Guide to Applying
  • a police check, referees' reports, and an interview
  • a short literacy and numeracy test.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

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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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
  • Master of Education
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Successful graduates meet the requirements for provisional teacher registration with Matatū Aotearoa | Teaching Council of New Zealand. Primary teaching graduates are employed in teaching and management positions in primary, intermediate, middle, and area schools in Aotearoa. Many graduates also find work abroad.
  • Teaching skills of management, communication, coordination, responsibility, and organisation are prized by many professions such as management, policy and advocacy, publishing, politics, and business.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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