Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)
Pōkairua paetahi (Kura tuatahi)

Applications open for Semester 1, 2025 

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Wherever you live, turn your degree into a career as a primary school teacher for tamariki in your community with the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

You will gain real-life experience, professional knowledge and bicultural skills to launch your career as a confident and competent teacher, working with tamariki from new entrants to year 10.

From the very beginning of your study, you will put your online learning into practice and build your confidence, with two days a week field-based practice in a school plus 12 weeks of practicum professional placements. 

With the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary), you will explore what it means to be a reflective, ethical, culturally responsive and child-centred teacher. You will build your understanding  of the New Zealand curriculum and human learning and development.You will gain the skills to embrace te reo me ōna tikanga Māori, Pacific culture and the cultural identities of all tamariki you teach.

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) is for people with a degree wanting a career in primary school teaching, including those in areas where campus-based tertiary education is less accessible.

The programme was developed in collaboration with school principals around New Zealand to create a pathway for people to study, qualify and register as teachers from their own communities.

It will also suit overseas-qualified teachers seeking a New Zealand qualification and a strong foundation in bicultural teaching and learning. 

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

  • Online
  • Field-based
  • Face-to-face
  • Full-time or part-time

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) may be studied for one year full-time, or two years part-time. You will study four 30-credit courses and two 15-credit courses to complete the programme.

You can study while you live and work in your own community, supported by skilled and responsive lecturers, pouako and teachers.

Full-time study will involve:

  • About 7.5 hours a week of online learning and engagement
  • About 14.5 hours a week of independent study
  • Two days a week of field-based practice in a primary, intermediate or area school supervised by a registered and certificated teacher
  • Two practicum periods of five weeks and seven weeks to gain professional experience in a range of schools
  • Three-day, in person orientation (to be held in Wellington in 2024)
  • An overnight noho marae experience. 

Semester 1, 2025

Domestic applications: 16 December 2024

International applications: 24 November 2024

Contact us

0800 244 532

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Admission requirements

Ngā hiahiatanga tono

To apply for the programme, you must:

  • hold a Level 7 Bachelor’s degree or higher. If you gained your qualifications overseas, you need an NZQA assessment report completed within the last three years. See
  • have a school willing to support your field-based practice as a student teacher for two days a week during semester time. (If you do not have a school identified, we can help).
  • provide a confidential written referee report (not from a family member or friend).
  • pass a children’s worker safety check and police vetting required under the Children’s Act 2014.
  • show proficiency in English if English or te reo Māori is not your first language. The minimum is Academic IELTS 7 for all band scores, or PTE Academic overall mark of 65, or equivalent. See


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