What will I learn?

Get the skills and knowledge you need to be a confident and effective secondary school teacher.

Study with the School of Education in this one-year, full-time, programme that will give you a grounding in the principles and theories of teaching and learning, human development and curriculum studies in secondary school subjects.

If you have an undergraduate degree that includes two secondary teaching subjects, one to 200-level and one to 300-level, the GDipTchg (Secondary) is designed for you.

If you have only one teaching subject in your undergraduate degree, you may still be able to do the GDipTchg (Secondary) as long as your teaching subject is approved by the Dean as a high demand subject.

Teacher experience

You'll do two, seven week blocks of compulsory teaching in the classroom gaining valuable experience, applying what you've learned and building relationships with teachers and learners.

Successful completion of TE is a mandatory requirement of some courses.

The Teaching Experience Office will find placements for you, so you shouldn't approach any schools to set up a TE placement on your own.

Study and workload

As well as completing the compulsory blocks of teaching experience in schools, you can choose to study this qualification on campus or online. The requirements and content are the same for both modes of delivery and you can expect around 40-50 hours of course work and study per week.

On campus study includes timetabled lectures, tutorials and exams in Wellington.

If you're looking for a more flexible study and have good self-management skills, you can attend your classes online.

Curriculum Studies subjects

If you're planning your study pathway through to teaching, check that your undergraduate degree choices are aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum school subject areas.

Choose two of the Curriculum Studies areas relevant to your qualifications and experience

  • English
  • Learning Languages
  • Health - taught online only in 2017
  • Music
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physical Education
  • Performing Arts including: Dance and Drama
  • Social Sciences including: Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, History and Social Studies
  • Science including: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Visual Arts
  • Technology

After you graduate

New Zealand is facing a shortage of secondary teachers so employment prospects are good for those who can teach Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Te Reo Maori, or Technology.

This Graduate Diploma will allow you to apply for provisional teacher registration from the Education Council as well as apply for a teaching position in schools through New Zealand.

Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$38,821.00 (US$ 26,190) per year
NZ $38,821 for the full programme

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected December 2021

More details

Start date

28 February 2022

Venue

Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Campus,

Level 2, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade,

WELLINGTON,

Kelburn,

6012, New Zealand

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$38,821.00 (US$ 26,190) per year
NZ $38,821 for the full programme

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected December 2021

More details

Start date

28 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need the equivalent of a Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree from a recognised institution with at least a B average. A background in a particular subject area may be required or recommended. IELTS (Academic): Overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0| TOEFL (iBT): A score of 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing | Pearson Test of English (Academic): A score of 58 with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50 | C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)): A score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169 | C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)): A score of 176 or higher, with each skill score no less than 169 | Victoria University of Wellington English Proficiency Programme (EPP): A minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4.

For international students

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in two teaching subjects, police check, references and selection meeting.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 7.0 with no sub-score below 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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