Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching

Are you interested in developing skills for teaching adults in the tertiary sector or the wider community? The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching (incorporating the Certificate in Tertiary Teaching) is a tertiary teaching qualification for tertiary teachers and a foundation for further study in the field.
  • Learn to design curricula that promotes flexibility, reflection, open-minded collaboration and critical inquiry in adult learning.
  • Improve your own teaching practice, developing richer and deeper learning experiences for adults.
  • Increase job satisfaction and confidence in delivering student outcomes.
  • Graduates are reflective, professional practitioners who are able to critique their knowledge, skills and values through self and peer review.
  • Incorporates the Certificate in Tertiary Teaching study pathway
  • Progression opportunity to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Master of Education.
  • Customised delivery option for Industry Groups.

This programme will appeal to:

  • Teachers in higher education, tertiary institutes or Private Training Establishments.
  • Those who wish to develop and improve as adult educators in business or industry settings.
  • Community and youth workers striving for better learning outcomes for their students.

CTT and GDTT summary of each paper
CTT and GDTT timetable 2015

Programme information

Programme code: AK3491
Level: 7
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full time / 3 years part time
Venue: North Shore Campus
Start dates: 12 January, 2 March, 20 July and 16 November 2015

Entry requirements

Structure and content

The Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching provides graduates with the essential foundation knowledge and skills to be effective teachers in the adult, tertiary and higher education environment.


EDTT601  Adult Teaching and Learning
EDTT602  Curriculum Design and Assessment
EDTT603  Treaty of Waitangi in Practice
EDTT701  Enhancing Professional Practice through Research
EDTT702  Special Topic
EDTT703  Teaching Practice in Action
EDTT704  Mobile Learning and Teaching

EDTT601 and EDTT602 can be completed as part of the Certificate in Tertiary Teaching study pathway.

Career opportunities

  • Graduates will be prepared to teach and work with adults in tertiary institutions and private training establishments as well as within the wider community, business and industry.
  • This qualification is widely recognised by other tertiary education providers (private and public) and employers for industry training purposes in New Zealand. There is no provision in New Zealand for the national registration of adult and tertiary teachers at the present time.
  • Career prospects can be further enhanced by continuing on to the Master of Education and Doctoral studies.

Last updated: 29-Jan-2015 9.27am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.