Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Technology Education)
This programme provides a specific pathway for those who do not hold an existing degree qualification but are able to demonstrate specific skills and knowledge that will enable to them to become a successful technology teacher. Applicants must hold a relevant trades qualification at Level 5, 6 or 7 on the NZQF, or a recognised equivalent.
Study type Open
Cost$7,087 NZ Domestic
Not including any course materials or external exam fees.
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.
The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Technology Education) is to equip ākonga with a recognised, flexible, and 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 you will Learn
Graduates of this programme will be able to:
- Apply in-depth understanding and knowledge of te Tiriti o Waitangi, te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori in secondary technology education settings to support Māori learners to enjoy educational success as Māori
- utilise skills for engaging appropriately and effectively with rangatahi, 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 a secondary technology education setting;
- apply professional learning and collaboration within and beyond their secondary technology education setting;
- apply academic literacies to communicate industry knowledge and skills for teaching technology.
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.
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).
This programme leads to employment in secondary education and other teaching settings, and related professions.
It is a recognised initial teacher education qualification for the purposes of meeting the requirements for application to register as a teacher with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
You will access courses online with academic support from academic staff members. Contact with academic staff and other students will occur via iQualify talk channels, at noho marae and during practicums over the course of your study.
You will also engage in separate online tutorials delivered by educators who are experienced secondary subject specialists. These group tutorials ensure you are able are to develop the teaching skills and pedagogy related to your specific subject areas.
Ākonga completing the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Technology Education) begin the programme by completing:
- EDU632 Communicating Technology for Teachers
- EDU738 Technology Processes for Teachers
Completing these courses first ensures ākonga are able to apply their existing skills and knowledge to the principles and practices of technology as it is conceptualised and taught in New Zealand.
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).