AUT - Graduate Diploma in (Specialty) Education

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Graduate Diploma in (Specialty) Education

If you're already a registered teacher and wish to study a specific educational philosophy, you can complete the Graduate Diploma with a specialty in Montessori, Steiner or Pasifika education. You can then choose to work in one of these specialist early childhood or primary settings.

Please note: Completion of this qualification will not lead to provisional registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council.

This qualification will appeal to:

  • Registered teachers in Montessori and Steiner centres and schools, and those in Pasifika early childhood centres/units who have not yet gained a recognised specialist qualification in their chosen area.
  • Those teaching in mainstream settings and wish to extend their knowledge base, skills and opportunities in a specialist area.
  • International teachers who have a recognised teacher education qualification, and wish to specialise or upgrade their qualification.
  • Parents and others who wish to complete all or part of the qualification out of interest, on a personal interest or certificate of proficiency basis.

Graduates will have their qualification endorsed in one of the following teaching specialties:

  • Montessori Early Childhood Education
  • Pasifika Early Childhood Education
  • Steiner Early Childhood Education
  • Montessori Primary Education
  • Pasifika Primary Education
  • Steiner Primary Education.

Programme information

Programme code: AK1276
Level:
7
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full time / 3 years part time
Venue:
North Shore Campus
Starting date:
3 March 2014

AUT encourages early application. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full.

Entry requirements

  1. A level-7 Bachelor’s degree, or Equivalent practical, professional or educational experience of an appropriate kind. Graduate certificate and diploma entry requirements.
  2. English language level (if required): IELTS level 6.5 (academic) overall or higher and minimum 6.0 in all bands.
  3. Applicants must meet the New Zealand Teacher Council's Requirements.

Application process

  1. Complete and submit your application, with two referee reports the disclosure form.
  2. You will then be invited to attend an interview, where you will also sit a basic numeracy and literacy assessment, and complete a police clearance authorisation form.

Structure and content

All students study 2 core papers (30 points) which cover professional inquiry and practice, research and areas of general education interest. The other papers (90 points) will depend on the specialty area you choose. Within each specialty the papers will introduce the education theory, philosophy and curriculum relevant to that specialty.

Papers

Core papers for all specialties

297334 Sociopolitical Perspectives in Education

And EITHER:
297006 Primary Professional Inquiry and Practice III (includes two 5-week practicums in a primary setting).
OR
297007 ECE Professional Inquiry and Practice III (includes two 5-week practicums in a early childhood setting).

Montessori Early Childhood Education
296261 Special Topic: Infants and Toddlers
296335  Special Topic: Centre Design
297333  Research for Teaching
297340  Montessori Philosophy and Curriculum
297341  Montessori Perspectives - Early Childhood Education
297342  Curriculum VI: Montessori Early Childhood Programme Planning
297343  Curriculum V: Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum

Montessori Primary Education
296226 Inclusive Education
296259 Montessori Mathematics - Primary
297333  Research for Teaching
297340 Montessori Philosophy and Curriculum
297360 Montessori Language - Primary
297361 Montessori Cosmic Education - Primary

Steiner Early Childhood Education
296335 Special Topic: Centre Design 
297333  Research for Teaching
297363 Steiner Education Theory
297364 Curriculum VI: Steiner Early Childhood Programme Planning
297365 Curriculum V: Steiner Early Childhood Curriculum
297366 Human Development and Learning: Steiner Perspectives

Steiner Primary Education
296226 Inclusive Education
296336 Steiner Primary Curriculum
297333 Research for Teaching
297363 Steiner Education Theory
297366 Human Development and Learning III: Steiner Perspectives
297367 Programme Planning, Assessment and Evaluation: Steiner Primary

Pasifika Early Childhood Education
296226  Inclusive Education
297001  Tautai: Pasifika Research Methodologies
297333  Research for Teaching
297002 Tofaliuliu: Pasifika Pedagogies - Philosophies
297003 Fatua’iupu: Pasifika Languages
297004 Alafua: Pasifika Perspectives on Maths
297005 Soa Lau Pule: Programme Planning, Assessment and Evaluation
297346 Special Topic: Bilingualism in Early Childhood Education

Pasifika Primary Education
296226  Inclusive Education
297001  Tautai: Pasifika Pedagogies and Philosophies
297333  Research for Teaching
297002 Tofaliuliu: Pasifika Pedagogies - Philosophies
297003 Fatua’iupu: Pasifika Languages
297004 Alafua: Pasifika Perspectives on Maths
297005 Soa Iau pule: Pasifika Perspectives Planning Assessment Evaluation

Career opportunities

  • Graduates currently teaching in state schools or centres can return to mainstream teaching with an enhanced understanding in the philosophy and pedagogy of the chosen specialty.
  • Graduates can use the new qualification to seek a new position or promotion.
Last updated: 14 Nov 2013 8:45am

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