Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

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.

TeachNZ website

Start date: 2020

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 Teaching 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.
  • Police vetting
  • Satisfactory references
  • Meet the Teaching Council English language competency requirements (Teaching Council website)
  • Successfully complete the numeracy and literacy assessment
  • Meet the safety check requirements as set out in Vulnerable Children Act 2014

International student entry requirements

English language requirements for initial teacher education programmes [PDF, 136.2 KB]

Application process

  • Apply to enrol at AUT
  • Provide official academic transcripts of your qualifications to AUT. Students who are completing their degree should provide a transcript showing results of papers completed so far and currently enrolled papers
  • You will then be requested to provide additional information to the School of Education through the Essential Compliance Process forms.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview (in person or via Skype). At this stage you will also sit a literacy and numeracy assessment.

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.

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

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

The paper EDST706 The Emerging Professional requires a day trip to a marae. If you are unable to complete this component, you won't be able to pass the paper and subsequently be unable to meet the requirements for the qualification.

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:
1 year full-time / part-time available
North Campus
South Campus

24 Feb 2020

13 Jul 2020

$6,580 - $6,881
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. Exact fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • This represents the tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2018. Exact tuition fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range. As fees are subject to change, 2019 tuition fees may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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