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Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7) Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand



Course info


Teaching adult education and want to become a qualified tertiary teacher?

The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education is a stimulating, flexibly-delivered programme that is tailored directly to your teaching context. You will be able to study in a way that suits your work schedule and family responsibilities as we offer online, distance learning and on-campus activities. You can learn at any location, at any time and in a way that appeals to you.

A variety of contemporary educational media, digital tools and experience-based learning approaches will be used to help you develop as a 21st Century educator; that is, a critically-reflective, dual-professional bringing expertise from your trade or profession to vocational education.

Learning while you work as an educator of adults will have a direct impact on your day-to-day activities. You will be encouraged to explore trends in tertiary education and use evidence from research and the wider teaching profession to develop a future-focused and effective teaching practice. As a graduate, you will be able to design and facilitate inclusive learning in your tertiary cultural context.

Graduate outcomes

As a graduate of this qualification, you will be able to:

  • analyse and employ effective learning and teaching strategies using applied, authentic and learner-centred practices informed by relevant educational theories and research
  • design and deliver inclusive curriculum to address the diverse needs of learners within the cultural context in which graduates will be practicing (For the New Zealand context, learners are expected to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi by integrating its principles into their teaching practice.)
  • construct and implement effective assessment practices for assessing learner progress and achievement in a range of contexts
  • employ reflective processes to improve practice and maintain professional currency and capability
  • evaluate and respond to relevant trends within the tertiary education context - locally, nationally and internationally.

How you will study

The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7) is a 120 credit programme.

Eight, 15-credit courses will be studied, either over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). During your studies, you can take part in blended learning (on campus and online) or distance learning (online). Regular tutorials are offered both on campus and using web conferencing, and you can choose whatever suits at the time. On advice from the Programme Leader, you may study with a cohort of other learners, starting at scheduled times throughout the programme, or start at any time and work at your own pace with a facilitator.

Further study options

Progress into the Master of Professional Practice delivered by Capable NZ to advance your skills and employment potential.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7).

Online/Distance with attendence (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$23,310.00 (11,33,861) per year


Scheduled dates throughout the year


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Open to degree graduates. However, those who can demonstrate equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind may be granted admission.

Experienced tertiary educators (minimum of three years) may wish to study via the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) pathway offered by Capable NZ. An experienced facilitator will guide you to develop a portfolio of evidence that meets the Graduate Profile outcomes.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Assessments: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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