Programme code: AK3515
Duration: 1 year full-time
Venues: North and South Campus
Start date: 27 February 2017 (North) / 17 July 2017 (South)
Student teachers who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching are eligible to seek registration as a teacher and apply for teaching positions in secondary schools. Find out more about secondary teaching career opportunities and salary expectations in this guide
*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. Please visit the NZQA website for further information.
Applicants are required to make a declaration about any convictions, health and other issues that may affect their fitness to be a teacher. A New Zealand police vet will be conducted prior to admission into the programme. Applicants are also required to provide overseas police clearance from any country they have lived for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.
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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 five taught papers, and 15 weeks of practicum 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. Many tutorials are run by practising teachers on allocated afternoons.
Students will be assessed on their academic and professional learning. A variety of types of assessment are used, ranging from evidence of scholarship in academic essays and research presentations to the professional application of learning in complex unit plans and blogs. The portfolio is used as an integrating assessment tool across the programme, particularly lined to the Graduating Teacher Standards.
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.
EDST701 Towards a Personal Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
EDST702 Provocations in Educational Thinking
EDST703 Curriculum Theory and Practice
EDST704 Assessment Theory and Practice
EDST601 Practicum 1
EDST705 Practicum 2
EDST706 The Emerging Professional
2017 TeachNZ Scholarships are available for Science, Technology and Maths. Find out more information about these scholarships.
Last updated: 02-Sep-2016 11.32am
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.