Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Education) (Level 7)

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Education) (Level 7)

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Education) is to equip ākonga with a recognised, flexible, and applied teaching qualification in the secondary 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.

This qualification consists of six compulsory courses totalling 120 credits. The programme has four 15-credit courses and two 30-credit courses. You need to complete all courses in the list below to graduate with this qualification.

The programme works in blocks of 16 teaching weeks. A full-time work load for a block is three courses (60 credits). Part-time is a minimum of one course (15 credits).

Academic Entry Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree.

Applicants who do not hold a Level 7 degree qualification may be considered for entry if they have successfully completed

  • a secondary education qualification at Levels 5, 6 or 7 on the NZQF, or a recognised equivalent qualification, and
  • are able to demonstrate the equivalence of a minimum of 3 years fulltime relevant work experience in the secondary sector within the last 10 years.

Every applicant must go through the selection process. Applicants are required to:

  • Provide two confidential referees
  • Undertake a written literacy and numeracy test
  • Participate in a group exercise
  • Participate in an individual interview
  • Undergo Police vetting
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Open Polytechnic Te Pūkenga

This programme is offered in partnership with The Open Polytechnic. You can find out more about this programme and apply via their website.

Further study options

Graduates can progress to the following programmes:

  • Graduate Diploma in ECE/Primary
  • Master’s of Education/Teaching and Learning

Changes for 2023 learners

On 1 November 2022, WITT and the programme you have enrolled in became part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology .
When you apply to study with WITT in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed.
Please note that all programmes offered by WITT and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review. This is to make sure they are portable, consistent, and aligned with the needs of the industry to provide you with excellent and quality educational opportunities.

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