Already have a degree? Develop the skills to become a teacher and embark on a career that will inspire young people's lives with AUT's Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.
Want to teach your favourite secondary school subjects to a new generation of New Zealanders? The Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching will give you practical techniques based on sound research to teach your curriculum subject(s) in secondary schools. This is a professional qualification with strong emphasis on practical experience and applied learning.
You can apply for TeachNZ scholarships to support your studies.
Admission to an Initial Teacher Education programme can take approximately 6 weeks to complete due to delays in police clearance procedures and the return of referee reports, therefore we would strongly recommend you consider this timeframe when applying.
The Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching includes taught courses, and 16 weeks of practicum placements in a secondary school, building your confidence and experience as a teacher in the classroom. During campus-based courses, you also need to attend curriculum studies workshops in your teaching subjects.
A variety of assessment is used - from academic essays and research presentations to the professional application of learning in complex unit plans and blogs. Due to the professional nature of the qualification, you're expected to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour at all times. This includes dress, punctuality and attendance.
The course EDST717 The Emerging Professional B requires a day trip to a marae. If you are unable to complete this component, you won't be able to pass the course and subsequently be unable to meet the requirements for the qualification.
The outcomes for graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.
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.
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