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

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Wherever you live, turn your degree into a career as a primary school teacher for tamariki in your community. 


*Pending approval from NZQA and TCNZ in October 2022

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. 

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
  • an orientation of three days in Wellington (or other locations depending on numbers)
  • an overnight noho marae experience. 

*Pending approval from NZQA and TCNZ in October 2022


Contact us


0800 244 532


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Online Info Sessions

(click to register on zoom)

6pm, Thursday 6 October 2022

10am, Thursday 10 November 2022


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Study commencing Semester 1, 2023

12 December 2022

Admission requirements

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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. 
  • 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 you find one.)
  • 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

 

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