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.
Start this programme at the AUT North Campus in February or in July, or start your studies at the South Campus in February.
You can apply for TeachNZ scholarships to support your studies.
All applicants must ensure they meet the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand requirements for English language competency prior to admission to the programme.
Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website
(If you do not meet the criteria set, please contact the School of Education as there may be other options available).
No admission until English language criteria evidenced as achieved.
(Overseas police certificates must be less than 12 months old at the time the application is lodged)
You may be invited to attend an interview (in person or via Skype).
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 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.
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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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.