Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary Education)
The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary Education) is to equip ākonga with a recognised, flexible and applied teaching qualification in primary education.
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.
Study type Open
Cost$5,627 NZ Domestic
Not including any course materials or external exam fees.
What you will Learn
Graduates of this programme will be able to:
- apply an in-depth understanding and knowledge of Te Tiriti of Waitangi, te Reo Māori, and tikanga Māori in primary education settings to support Māori learners to enjoy educational success as Māori;
- utilise skills for engaging appropriately and effectively with tamariki, their parents, families and whānau, as well as colleagues, stakeholder professionals and external organisations;
- utilise current research and critical reflection to analyse effective practices to continually improve design for learning and teaching during practicum in primary education settings; and
- apply professional learning and collaboration within and beyond their primary education settings.
Ākonga require the support of an approved partner school in order to enter this programme.
You will spend two days each week in a partner school (in addition to practicum).
A Mentor Teacher will guide you in a range of learning experiences and school-based tasks designed to develop your teaching practice alongside qualified kaiako. This time in school ensures you have the opportunity to directly connect theory (online learning) with practice (what you experience in schools). You are expected to contribute to the mahi of your partner school, based on your areas of skill or interest. This could be in areas such as performing arts, sports, languages and culture, etc.
If you have an existing relationship with a school (you already work there, or are well known to them), please approach them to seek candidate support for your application. Schools are busy places, so please contact them first to make an appointment. When you are in discussions with the school, please email or bring them a copy of this School Placement Information. This document includes the following:
- Partner School Letter: This letter explains why you are approaching the school for support.
- Programme Leaflet: This gives the school an overview of the programme and details the responsibilities required by the school.
- Candidate Support Form: Schools should complete and return this form to confirm their support.
We suggest you give yourself plenty of time to do this before the application close-off date.
If you do not have an existing relationship with the school, please do not approach a school directly, rather indicate this on the pre-enrolment check (also linked in the ‘Choose courses and apply’ tab).
You will access courses online with academic support from academic staff members. Contact with academic staff members and other students will occur via iQualify talk channels, at noho marae and during practicums over the course of your study.
Ākonga participate in one compulsory noho marae (overnight stay) during the programme. Noho are held regionally so that ākonga have an opportunity to connect with local tikanga and kawa (marae protocols and Māori practices) and te reo (language). These are an important part of partnering with local iwi.
Throughout this programme you will complete two practicums, totalling 80 days. You will be guided by an Associate Teacher as you engage with tamariki, whānau, and the wider school community.
During practicum, you will be supported to make progress towards specific Key Teaching Tasks. Towards the end of your practicum, you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your progress and ability to meet the Standards for the Teaching Profession (in a supported environment).