Want to teach your favourite secondary school subjects to a new generation of New Zealanders, and embark on a career that will inspire and make a difference to young people’s lives? The Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching will give you effective teaching strategies based on current research to teach your curriculum subject(s) in secondary schools.
- A professional qualification with strong emphasis on practical experience and applied learning.
- Develop confidence in public speaking and establish your own teaching pedagogy.
- Significant classroom experience with half of the programme based in secondary schools.
- Staff with extensive experience in the secondary sector and in teacher education.
Programme code: AK3515
Duration: 1 year full-time
Venue: North Shore Campus
Start date: 3 March 2014 / 22 July 2014
- A level 7 bachelor's degree* in a subject considered relevant for teaching in a New Zealand secondary schools (see Teaching Subjects below).
- Meet the New Zealand Teachers Council requirements of good character.
- Meet the literacy and numeracy competency standard appropriate for teaching at secondary schools.
- English language level (if English is not your first language): IELTS (Academic) results of 7.0, or higher, for each component (speaking, writing, reading and listening).
* Please note: Applicants with overseas qualifications must have these assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as equivalent to a New Zealand Level 7 bachelor’s degree or above prior to submitting an application with the School of Education.
- Apply to enrol at AUT University.
- Provide additional information to the School of Education through the following supplementary forms:
- Selected students will be invited to attend an interview (in person or via Skype). At this stage you will also sit a numeracy and literacy assessment, and complete a police clearance authorisation form.
- All applicants must have a senior (Year 11-13) and a junior (Year 9-10) teaching subject area supported by relevant papers in their degree.
- Applicants must have at least one appropriate 300-level paper in their senior area and one 200-level paper in their junior area.
- However, in practice applicants need a range of appropriate papers to teach in their subject areas. We will work with applicants to identify appropriate teaching subjects.
- View a list of subject areas commonly available in secondary schools (1 page/50kb).
Useful websites on the New Zealand education system and Curriculum
Structure and content
The Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching integrates theory and practice to ensure that graduates are able to apply the principles of effective learning and teaching in the classroom.
The programme is made up of 4 taught papers, and 4 placements in a secondary school, giving you the opportunity to build confidence and experience as a teacher in the classroom. Our small classes ensure a supportive collegial environment.
In addition, during campus based papers, students attend curriculum studies tutorials in their teaching subjects. These tutorials are run by practicing teachers on allocated afternoons.
Assessment practices are standards based. There are no examinations, and students are able to resubmit if individual criteria are not met.
Due to the professional nature of the qualification, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate standards of professional behaviour at all times. This includes aspects such as dress, punctuality and attendance.
Student teachers who successfully complete the graduate diploma are eligible to seek provisional registration as a teacher and apply for teaching positions in secondary schools.