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

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary)

  • ID:UC640034
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$25,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$25,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

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

  • qualified for a bachelor's degree (or higher), with study to at least 300-level in a secondary school curriculum area; 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 (Secondary) 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

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) is for university graduates with a bachelor's degree who wish to enter the teaching profession and work with young adults in Years 7–13 (ages 11–18). In addition to subject curriculum knowledge, this programme will equip students with educational theory, classroom practice, and the management tools needed to excel as an intermediate or secondary school teacher.

The GradDipTchLn(Secondary) is currently offered on campus in Ōtautahi Christchurch with an intake in early February.

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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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • Master of Education
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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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.
  • Secondary teaching graduates are employed in teaching and management positions in secondary and intermediate schools in Aotearoa New Zealand. Internationally recognised, many GradDipTchLn(Secondary) 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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