Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Technology Education)

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Subject area

Teacher Education: Secondary (Pre-Service)

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Entry requirements

Academic Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a relevant trades qualification at Level 5, 6 or 7 on the NZQCF, or a recognised equivalent, or . Applicants who hold a relevant trades qualification at Level 4 may apply for the alternative entry pathway. All applicants applying for the alternative entry pathway must: * Provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate equivalency to Level 5 outcomes or higher, on the NZQCF, in an area that is relevant to teaching technology subjects; and * Undertake and pass an academic literacy reading and writing assessment. In addition, all applicants must be able to demonstrate at least 3 years of work experience over the last 10 years, that is relevant to teaching technology subjects. In addition, they must be able to demonstrate at least 3 years of work experience over the last 10 years, that is relevant to teaching technology subjects. Domestic Language Entry Requirements: All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language competency prior to acceptance to the programme. Evidence of this will be provided by: * New Zealand University Entrance; * Or the current New Zealand Teaching Council Initial Teacher Education requirements. Note that exemptions may apply to the above as per current Teaching Council Initial Teacher Education Requirements. Other Entry Requirements: Ākonga must meet all entry requirements and have a partner school placement in order to be admitted to the programme. All applicants must: * undergo Police vetting in accordance with the Children's Act 2014; * sign a declaration of convictions, pending charges or matters which may impact on their ability to register as a teacher, including mental and physical fitness; * Include in the above declaration a commitment to immediate disclose any such matters that arise while enrolled in the programme. * provide two confidential referees, from persons who are not related to the applicant, and can comment on their personal and professional qualities appropriate for teaching in their specified sector, at least one of whom has observed them working with children; and * sign a declaration that they are in good health (having no medical, physical or psychological conditions which would preclude working with rangatahi). Applicants meeting these requirements will be required to * participate in a visual interview, and * complete a literacy and numeracy test set by Open Polytechnic. Applicants must pass both the literacy and numeracy test in order to be offered a place on the programme. This is the first step to ensuring that graduates have the qualities and dispositions enabling them to meet the Code. Selection into the programme is subject to a successful interview and support from a partner school. The interviews are conducted by a panel comprising of Open Polytechnic Academic Staff, who will be joined by representatives from the relevant teaching sector. Interviews will be conducted in an equitable and professional manner, with every endeavour made to make applicants feel at ease. Applicants may bring whānau for support. Areas considered by the panel include: * Personal qualities * Professional qualities * Knowledge and experience with rangatahi of an age relevant to their chosen sector. * Other work and community experience * Cultural knowledge and understanding. Appendix 21: Selection and Interview Process outlines the interview process and the connection between the criteria and the Code. Applicants who meet all entry requirements and demonstrate appropriate qualities through the interview will be offered a place on the relevant programme.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (SecondaryTechnologyEducation) is to equip ākonga with a recognised, flexibleand applied teaching qualification in the secondary technology education context. 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

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Contact details

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