Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

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.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in a subject considered relevant for teaching in a New Zealand secondary school. AUT will evaluate whether overseas qualifications meet the above entry requirements. An assessment of your overseas qualification by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) may be required for teacher registration and/or salary assessment purposes
  • Attend a selection interview
  • Must meet the Education Council's Good Character and Fit to be a Teacher requirements. Applicants are required to make a declaration about any convictions, health and other issues that may affect their fitness to be a teacher.
  • NZ Police clearance
  • Personal declaration
  • Referee report form
  • Numeracy and literacy assessment

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with all bands 7.0 or higher
  • Have a level 7 degree from a New Zealand or Australian university; or
  • Have two years of secondary schooling in New Zealand and UE literacy at level 2 NCEA with 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing.

Application process

Teaching subjects

  • 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
  • In practice applicants need a range of appropriate papers to teach in their subject areas. You are also expected to have good grades. We will work with applicants to identify appropriate teaching subjects.

Subject areas commonly available in secondary schools

AUT degrees suitable for entry to this programme

Useful websites

The Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching includes taught papers, and 15 weeks of practicum placements in a secondary school, building your confidence and experience as a teacher in the classroom. During campus-based papers, you also need to attend curriculum studies tutorials 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.

Complete the following papers

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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Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3515
Level:
7
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time
Campus:
North Campus / South Campus
Starts:

16 Jul 2018

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.

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