Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary Technology Education)


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 Level 4 applicants applying for the alternative entry pathway can indicate this on the pre-enrolment check (referred to below) and will need to 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; as well as 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.


Workforce restrictions for children's workforce

If you have a criminal conviction and want to study towards a qualification that will lead to a job in the state funded sector (including teaching or providing youth services) working directly with children, you need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field.

This is due to the Children's Act 2014. This prevents state sector agencies and government-funded service providers from hiring people with convictions for specified offences to work with children in some roles.

Read the list of specified offences

This information has been supplied by the Children's Action Plan Directorate and the Tertiary Education Commission.


English Language 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


International students and domestic students living overseas

This programme is not open to:

  • International students living overseas or in New Zealand
  • Domestic students living overseas 

Computer and internet requirements

This programme is delivered online. To complete this programme you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.