Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Education)

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Subject area

Teacher Education: Secondary (Pre-Service)

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree or a recognised equivalent at Level 7 or higher on the NZQF, in an area that is relevant to secondary teaching.All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. Ways in which this may be demonstrated, besides by New Zealand University Entrance, are detailed in the current Teaching Council Initial Teacher Education Requirements.Applicants must meet the Teaching Council's 'character and fitness' criteria and the requirements of the Children's Act 2014. Entry into the programme is subject to a selection process which includes Police vetting, confidential referee reports, personal declarations, an interview and a literacy and numeracy assessment. Additional criteria apply; see website for details.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (SecondaryEducation) is to equip ākonga with a recognised, flexible and applied teaching qualification in secondaryeducation. Practical courses connect theory with practice and are strongly aligned with sector needs to ensure work-ready graduates equipped with skills and knowledge required for teaching positions or for further study at postgraduate level.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Teacher Education at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (04) 913 5300
Fax: (04) 913 5308

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